About 6 years ago, when I first opened the workshop, I purchased a £20 Phillips cd/radio cassette player so that I could listen to music while I work.
It's interesting how some of the older jazz music I listen to actually sounds better
on this cheap machine than it does on my fairly high spec system at home
For what it's worth, I am a cd man. I love the warmth of vinyl but the impracticality of using and preserving it has become too much of a handicap.
I actually tend to load my new (Bill Nelson in particular!) cds into my PS3 which is linked through the hifi. The downside of doing this is of course the inevitable compression, as I want to store as much music as is reasonably possible in the system. However, in the sacred moments of peace where I get the chance to just sit and listen to the music properly, I will then play the actual cd................and enjoy looking at the cover/booklet