You have hit the nail on the head here. Vinyl for you - 10" NAB tape reels for me.
Originally Posted by Thanos
The introduction of CD in March 1983 (I remember, 3rd March actually in the UK - I just had to buy the Sony CDP101 that day) marked the end of the hobbyist culture in hi-fi. Once physical contact with the music was lost, its place was amply filled with Audio Nervosa, embodied in such non-subjects (in my opinion) as jitter. But of course, I could be wrong - but I do know how companies need a revenue stream.
It appears to be human nature to strive for something just a little better - better than logic tells you can be achieved at any price. "It just ain't there to be had in the first place". But so much of this striving is utterly futile, financially ruinous and emotionally crippling. Worst of all, it's tarnished the industry with "geek" status. No wonder young people - our lifeblood - find today's audio industry gets in the way of the music.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK