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MP3 vs HiFi

February 20, 2012
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Much as I like the convenience of having an MP3 player for listening to music and podcasts on the go, I don’t think it can ever replace having a proper HiFi system at home.

Here are some reasons why I still love my HiFi:

  • The sound quality! Lovely warm sound with lots of detail. I can really hear the difference!
  • Being able to sing along and dance around the living room with my little boy or on my own.
  • CDs and records are lovely objects to own and look at.
  • Sleeve notes. Yes you can probably get the equivalent information in another form, but it is just not the same.

Some of my favourite albums


But there are some advantages of MP3 players:

  • Very portable – no need to take a big stack of CDs away on holiday
  • iPods are so simple to use that even my 3 year old son can operate them (and this means no finger prints on my precious CDs)
  • The shuffle feature can help you rediscover tracks you haven’t heard for ages

And talking of the shuffle feature, Liz from margotandbarbara has tagged me to tell you the next 5 tracks that come up on shuffle.

These are:

1. Bat For Lashes – Pearl’s Dream (Two Suns)
This is one of my favourite tracks from a fabulous album that I bought after Stephen Fry raved about it on twitter.

2.Hugh Grant – Dance with Me Tonight (Music and Lyrics: Music from and inspired by the motion picture)
A wonderfully-cheesy song from a chick flick where Hugh Grant plays a singer who used to be a 1980s pop group.

3. Kate Bush – Sat in Your Lap (The Dreaming)
Hooray – here’s some Kate Bush from ‘The Dreaming’, which Bush herself referred to as her ‘she’s gone mad album’.

4. Paul Simon – 30 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Negotiations and Love Songs)
A gorgeous, gorgeous song. I haven’t heard this for ages and ages. Classic example of shuffle throwing up an old favourite.

5. Kate Bush – The Kick Inside (The Kick Inside)
I honestly didn’t fix this! But I suppose it is not too surprising that two Kate Bush tracks should be played in a set of five, given that every track of hers is on here. Lush, beautiful performance. Sounds better on vinyl though in my opinion…

Hey that was fun. Perhaps I should use shuffle more often?

What do you think? Do you just use an MP3 player these days or do you remain attached to CDs?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 9:58 am

    I love this – especially the Kate Bush – she’s incredible and yes, I agree that she sounds better on vinyl – she just deserves that depth of sound and the crackle and warmth that you only get with a record. Although these days, I mainly just download music, it’s purely for logistical reasons. If we ever get a bigger house, a record player and loads of beautiful vinyl will appear…

    • February 23, 2012 1:01 pm

      You like Kate Bush too? Now I’m even more determined to meet you in real life πŸ˜‰

      I love my vinyl records but don’t play them very often with a 3yo around. Hope you get your bigger house and record player some day.

      R x

  2. February 23, 2012 9:37 pm

    I have fond memories of listening to my uncles Pink Floyd collection on vinyl many moons ago, I still love the way vinyl sounds, but it’s not really practical with kids, although my wife does have a load in the loft, which I keep menaing to convert to mp3.

    I do prefer to listen to music on my stereo, which doesn’t get used very much these days, although I suspect that has more to do with my taste in music than anything else.

    My mp3 player comes in handy for when I feel like listening to music, I use it when I’m out on my bike, and when I’m gardening or turning wood, it’s good because of the amount of stuff you can store on it, I wouldn’t want to take 10 or more cd’s down to the allotment with me πŸ˜‰

    • February 24, 2012 4:56 pm

      You’re right – MP3 players are great for listening to music out and about
      I hope that the vinyl in your loft gets played again someday (make sure it’s not too warm up there – don’t want it warping!)
      I remember listening to Pink Floyd on vinyl in the 1980s. Lying on the floor with my friend Dan talking about our deep thoughts πŸ˜‰

  3. Daley_84 permalink
    March 5, 2012 9:02 pm

    Great post. I couldn’t agree more, over the years my Hi-Fi has had less and less use but it is still an important part of my life. I couldn’t imagine not having it, there’s something comforting about having my cd collection and still buying CDs it’s nice to have them , although I love my IPod my CD’s are still a necessity .

    • March 6, 2012 12:07 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I’m not the only one who is still attached to CDs, even though I love my iPod too.


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