Originally Posted by FenderP
To me, it's not about formats. It's about the music you like. After that, what format is it available in? And which represents the best mastering? It's as simple as that. Vinyl does not always trounce digital. SACD is not always better than some CD masterings.
To only focus on one format is pretty pointless, as are any comparisons. Nothing is leaps and bounds above another.
Music comes first. If the music you want is not available in certain format, you can't listen to it anyway!
I find myself listening to vinyl less and less these days for that reason. Not all the music I want to listen to is available in vinyl or SACD. I prefer the sound of record more than anything else and I think SACD sounds better than most of the cds (including good pressings like MFSLs). But if I can only get something on redbook cd than that's what I'm going to listen to. It would be great if everything I want is on hi res but unfortunately it's not possible. I would be interested in David Gilmour on blu-ray from an audiophile's point of view- I have heard everything from Pink Floyd in every format many times already.
I mainly listen to music files from my computer now.(Through Apple TV) It doesn't beat my vinyls or SACD but it is okay for me.