In response to the article regarding vinyl. I would like to add the following:
You mention Vinyl not being long lasting and that if you take care of your cds, they will last a lot longer, not true, Vinyl does not degrade in the same way as polycarbonate cds do, they also skip, jump and some times do not play at all. The point is that if you take care of both formats, they will give you years of listening pleasure.
Digital advocates say that, recording methods notwithstanding, that it is the spec of the sound system that determines the quality of reproduced music, not the case regarding compressed files, rubbish in- rubbish out. I have spent 20 years building up a decent hifi which has as it stands now cost £10,000, I have the same albums in vinyl, cd and for comparison mp3 ripped to cd. The winner is always vinyl as it has a more 3 dimensional soundstage with a more realistic timbre to instruments and voices. Second is cd which although similar to vinyl is less so in all aspects and there is a slight digital hardness that cannot be denied. Third and last in every respect is the compressed format, there is no life to the recording, it comes out 1 dimensional/ flat with no stage depth or width and can be very fatiguing to listen to.
On another note, I feel the quote on 5.1 surround sound is misleading. I do not know of anybody who listens to music through a surrond system,( cds are recorded in stereo) unless they have already dead formats in dvda and sacd. surround systems are for movies and I feel that as a format, it is less popular than it was 10 years ago