Written by Samuel Chell
Only several years ago we viewed collectors of vinyl LPs as a small "retro" minority. But now, it's not just LPs but CDs that are in danger of becoming obsolete. The enormous improvement in "internet audio" has led to unexpected and swift changes, ranging from the death of "HD radio" to the replacement of ALL discs by the streaming of "intangible" audio files stored in a hard drive or some "Cloud" (such as Apple's or Amazon's) and then "streamed" to the listeners' home speakers and mobile devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.).
In spite of this radical change--practically an over-night "revolution"--many listeners either prefer the "hard copy" CD or have already amassed enormous collections of CDs that they still wish to play. But how?
The quick and convenient (but unreliable and short-lived) portable CD player is no longer available from "brand-name," dependable manufacturers.. Even optical drives are no longer ito be found on current computers, such as Apple's iMac.
One of the few remaining "dedicated" CD players that represents a long-term solution (and a genuine value) to theindividual who views CD "albums" as central to the listener's experience of music is the Tivoli CD Player.
I've read (and often agree) with complaints about the player's slowness in playing the first track or its occasionally "locking up," with the CD apparently stuck inside. In practically every case, I've solved such problems simply by unplugging the unit, waiting a minute, and replugging it.
In short, if you value your CDs as much as I, recognizing each as representative of a point in personal history and as a unified work of art, or "album," you owe it to yourself to have a stable unit like the Tivoli CD Player. If you exercise patience, and treat it with a little TLC, the Tivoli CD Player will reward you with a lifetime of reliable, sterling performance. There's no reason to be impressed by those who boast of an ability to stream what are necessarily "nebulous" sounds to five rooms of their house simultanouesly. That's not how music was meant to be heard. That's "ambience"; not music worthy of the listener's attention and time.
It's your CD and LP collection that represents your preferences and individual, personal identity. And it's only a quality CD player like the Tivoli that "proclaims" those same preferences by bringing that same collection to life!