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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 February 2020, 20:31

Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.

But...why?

I own a lot of Doctor Who audio dramas on CD. Needed a more convenient way to listen to them than attaching a CD drive peripheral to my Macbook.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 7 February 2020, 20:33

Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.

But...why?

I own a lot of Doctor Who audio dramas on CD. Needed a more convenient way to listen to them than attaching a CD drive peripheral to my Macbook.

Have you thought about just ripping them all in one go, so you only need to deal with hooking up a CD-drive peripheral the one time?
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 February 2020, 20:36

René wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.

But...why?

I own a lot of Doctor Who audio dramas on CD. Needed a more convenient way to listen to them than attaching a CD drive peripheral to my Macbook.

Have you thought about just ripping them all in one go, so you only need to deal with hooking up a CD-drive peripheral the one time?

When I say I have a lot a lot I mean a lot. Lots of CDs, not a lot of patience, an inexpensive portable CD player is easier for me. Plus I can listen to them on the way to work without having to transfer files to my phone or something.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 7 February 2020, 20:52

Severelius wrote:
René wrote:
Severelius wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.

But...why?

I own a lot of Doctor Who audio dramas on CD. Needed a more convenient way to listen to them than attaching a CD drive peripheral to my Macbook.

Have you thought about just ripping them all in one go, so you only need to deal with hooking up a CD-drive peripheral the one time?

When I say I have a lot a lot I mean a lot. Lots of CDs, not a lot of patience, an inexpensive portable CD player is easier for me. Plus I can listen to them on the way to work without having to transfer files to my phone or something.

This forum feels like it has a disproportionate incidence of hoarders.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 7 February 2020, 20:54

I checked, I feel confident betting that all of your audio dramas are already on Apple Music, at least. If they’re on there, they’re almost certainly on all the other streaming platforms. Name one, I wanna find out.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 February 2020, 21:03

Marmaduke wrote:I checked, I feel confident betting that all of your audio dramas are already on Apple Music, at least. If they’re on there, they’re almost certainly on all the other streaming platforms. Name one, I wanna find out.

I mean I already paid for and own them on CD so them being available to buy elsewhere is largely irrelevant now I'm committed to this.

But fine.

I could list the most recent one but I won't. Try Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 1 or if it's more specific, a story called X and the Daleks.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 7 February 2020, 21:05

Ok, that one isn’t there, but you’re still a hoarder.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Magic J » 7 February 2020, 21:08

Severelius wrote:When I say I have a lot a lot I mean a lot. Lots of CDs, not a lot of patience, an inexpensive portable CD player is easier for me. Plus I can listen to them on the way to work without having to transfer files to my phone or something.

See... dees? What new fangled nonsense is this? Vinyl 33's are the only way to go. You simply attach the 20kgs of amplifier and turntable to your back through careful use of straps, and then stand absolutely still.

I collect vinyl, and absolutely have to mention it at every opportunity, since I am, fundamentally, a wanker. Shit's expensive, and I need to get my money's worth. :P

I also have loads of CDs. How extensive is your collection?
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 February 2020, 21:12

Far as I can make out right now, 171.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Magic J » 7 February 2020, 21:14

Severelius wrote:Far as I can make out right now, 171.

About 130, I think. Ya beat me. :P

Incidentally, the last thing I bought was KMFDM's Live in the USSA.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby LostGuy94 » 7 February 2020, 22:26

Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.


At least this is making me feel better about still having an iPod now :lol:

I had loads of em back when I was in school, biggest frustrations were carrying multiple CDs around and having to constantly rotate my library around and also having to buy batteries all the time. Don't miss those days.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 8 February 2020, 00:02

I am still on a search for a nice mini CD player component to fit into my entertainment system. Some old Denon or something like that would be nice. Sure I can just stick the CD into an xbox/blu-ray player, ... but I kind of want the simplicity of just a CD player with a small display and a few buttons. The proper used ones still go for around £50-100. At least the cheaper ones.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 8 February 2020, 02:20

LostGuy94 wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.


At least this is making me feel better about still having an iPod now :lol:

Good god man, modernise! :P
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby John27 » 8 February 2020, 22:30

Severelius wrote:
LostGuy94 wrote:
Severelius wrote:Portable CD player.

Genuinely didn't even think any company was still even making the damn things but I guess if record players are still being made I shouldn't have been surprised.


At least this is making me feel better about still having an iPod now :lol:

Good god man, modernise! :P


Says the guy who just bought a portable CD player! :lol:
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby John27 » 8 February 2020, 22:43

I actually have been buying more CDs in recent years than ever before. The prices on used CDs are so attractive--my local Friends of the Library group sells them for a quarter each! Used CDs are, price wise, what the used LP was in 1990s.

How times change... I started using CD semi-seriously about 20 years ago. (I was very much of an analog diehard, and for many years, I just had a turntable-only audio system.) I got the CD player so I could get CDs from the library. Once I had the player, I started buying a few CDs here and there--but even used CDs were expensive. I can get a big handful of used CDs today for less than a single used CD in 2000 (and not even bothering to adjust for inflation!).
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Magic J » 8 February 2020, 22:48

John27 wrote:How times change...

Indeed! When I started buying records, they were really very cheap, since it was only strange hairy guys and ravers who bought vinyl. Now that vinyl is back in fashion, they're pretty expensive, even used. All old record shops have, naturally, increased their prices to cash in.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 8 February 2020, 22:54

Magic J wrote:
John27 wrote:How times change...

Indeed! When I started buying records, they were really very cheap, since it was only strange hairy guys and ravers who bought vinyl. Now that vinyl is back in fashion, they're pretty expensive, even used. All old record shops have, naturally, increased their prices to cash in.

I miss living in a medium-size market town. Usually there were vendors selling vinyl for a few pounds each and if you spent some time rummaging you'd come across some nice finds.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby John27 » 8 February 2020, 22:55

Magic J wrote:What new fangled nonsense is this? Vinyl 33's are the only way to go. You simply attach the 20kgs of amplifier and turntable to your back through careful use of straps, and then stand absolutely still.


:lol:

Actually, there were solutions for some portable uses, like in cars. There was at least one car phonograph decades back. I think I've seen old ads or catalog pages. They didn't use standard LPs, though. It might have been 45 singles, or some format made specially for the purpose. I can't remember.

Article talking about Chrysler's phonograph: https://www.cnet.com/news/chryslers-in-car-phonograph/

One memory I have is seeing TV ads for soft riding 70s era American cars that would be demonstrated with a record playing as the car drove. Although I have to wonder if they didn't carefully engineer the demonstration--carefully chosen road, and a turntable that had a sky-high tracking force keep the stylus firmly in the groove at all times.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Magic J » 8 February 2020, 23:03

Brenden wrote:I miss living in a medium-size market town. Usually there were vendors selling vinyl for a few pounds each and if you spent some time rummaging you'd come across some nice finds.

Got myself a copy of Dark Side of the Moon for 30p once, since it was moldy. Splash of alcohol, good as new. Well, not quite, but still pretty good. :D

John27 wrote:Actually, there were solutions for some portable uses, like in cars. There was at least one car phonograph decades back. I think I've seen old ads or catalog pages. They didn't use standard LPs, though. It might have been 45 singles, or some format made specially for the purpose. I can't remember.

Article talking about Chrysler's phonograph: https://www.cnet.com/news/chryslers-in-car-phonograph/

How interesting! I've seen portable turntable cases with speakers built in, but I'd always assumed that cars would be too bumpy to even try fitting a turntable. It looks like it wasn't too successful, anyway.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 8 February 2020, 23:06

Magic J wrote:
Brenden wrote:I miss living in a medium-size market town. Usually there were vendors selling vinyl for a few pounds each and if you spent some time rummaging you'd come across some nice finds.

Got myself a copy of Dark Side of the Moon for 30p once, since it was moldy. Splash of alcohol, good as new. Well, not quite, but still pretty good. :D

I saw a Reddit post about using wood glue on vinyl to clean out the grooves, and I bought a bottle but haven't been brave enough to try it yet. If I do it'll be on the crappy remix side of my Downtown by Petula Clark 7" single. :P
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