Regarding buying music from iTunes instead of streaming from Apple Music.....I may end up doing just that. It does make sense. I enjoy the experience, convenience, and most of all the quality.
My quest this past month has been about the decision of choosing One Source. I llike the idea of owning music, which is why LPs and CDs have been in this decision as well.
I was expecting CD and LP playback to kill the streaming choice. But, you’re right, the small sound percentage loss in going with iTunes/Apple Music, is washed away when the benefits of iTunes/Apple Music is added.
I can honestly say that I struggle to hear a difference between LP, CD, and Streaming. Maybe if I had a $5000 turntable or CD player, I would feel differently. But then again, maybe a $5000 Dac or Streamer would squash that statement.
It’s so true that the way the industry goes on about the superiority of the resolution with Tidal Hi Fi, we are brainwashed to let them make the choice for us. But no one talks about the differences in the way each online source Masters their catalogues.
The more I do in-home tests and comparisons, the more I see the need for all of us to follow our own guts and ears. We need the brick and mortar dealers more than ever. Let’s bring back the Hi-Fi heyday of the 80s, when shops were thriving. But with well-informed people.
Reviews are great for information and entertainment, but the wallet or purse should only be opened at our favourite in-person shop.