Balance between "Local" and "Streaming" Music Sources

Out of a curiosity born from my own shift between sources over the past year …

When you are listening to music via your network connected dCS device what is the approximate balance between “Local” (CD transport / NAS etc.) or “Streaming” (Qobuz, TIDAL, Deezer etc.) sources?

  • 100% Local / 0% Streaming
  • 90% Local / 10% Streaming
  • 75% Local / 25% Streaming
  • 50% Local / 50% Streaming
  • 25% Local / 75% Streaming
  • 10% Local / 90% Streaming
  • 0% Local / 100% Streaming

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What do you think the balance will be one year from now (i.e. end 2020)?

  • 100% Local / 0% Streaming
  • 90% Local / 10% Streaming
  • 75% Local / 25% Streaming
  • 50% Local / 50% Streaming
  • 25% Local / 75% Streaming
  • 10% Local / 90% Streaming
  • 0% Local / 100% Streaming

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There is no guarantee that any of the main streaming services providing CD or better resolution will be with us in a year. Nor is there any guarantee that any given title currently on their servers will still be licensed to them in a year’s time. So, if any title is of more than passing interest to me I buy it.

Most of what I play is music that is important to me, So, having been purchased, it is accordingly a local file. Thus I have voted 75% local both for now and the future.

I tend to buy the music I discover and like.

Agree - I try with streaming and
buy with favourites. Amazed how good Rossini still sounds with good ol’ “run of the mill” silver discs!

Absolutely key!!! I wish DAC reviews always had a section on how the DAC performs with redbook - I’ve heard DACs that can do DSD512 that suck at redbook, so why would anyone care? Yes, upsampling is a thing… But still.

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