What to do with my legacy CD collection?

I am about to dive head first into Hi-Res Digital Audio streaming.  My current situation is complex, though.

I have 6,000 cds in my collection.  I am beginning a project to rip my favorites ~ 2,000 cds, which are mostly special editions, rare and collectible, to FLAC files and play them on my Innuos Zenith mk3 server and Qutest Dac using an ipad and Innuos Sense app as my UI.  

The whole rig will be backed up to a  2 drive Synology Nas using RAID 1 plus an icloud back-up.  

I will keep these as many are Mofi Gold, DCC gold, SACDs, DVD-Audio Disks in 5.1 surround, HDCD encoded, etc., to occaisionally play them on my Oppo 105 universal player where they sound marvelous.

That leaves me with 4,000 CDs leftover.  Most of them can be Hi-Res streamed via Quobuz or Tidal, both of which are native to my Innuos server.

Some of these are in original jewel cases (about 1,500) that I will sort through and keep, sell (haha), donate or toss.  

The remaing 2,500 are in binders without artwork.  I really don't know what to do with this group: keep as back-ups or toss.  Any suggestions?

I would appreciate any opinions or feedback on my plan, so far.


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I bought some transparent plastic wallets just wide enough to fit the CD back artwork, the little booklet and the CD in, then threw away the jewel cases. Much reduced mass. Then popped them all in big cardboard boxes and stored them.

@drlou77  I’m in the same boat. I ripped all my cds and sacds of to my NAS and now I have them just sitting in my case. I recently got on Quobuz but still have bought new cds and downloaded new music. At this point Quobuz is so good I’m not sure why I’d do that anymore. What a conundrum. So, I’m just as interested in what to do with all my cds and sacs as well. I’m glad you brought this up! I guess we’re evolving.  

I went through this a couple of years ago.  Put them on Craigslist,  I had people wanting to see them. People would come to by my collection then they would low ball me or not show up then the worst of them would go through them a say could I buy x amount.  My opinion make someone happy give them away.

1. See if any local college radio stations want them. Donate and take a tax deduction. We have a couple who play jazz.

2. Ck local used CD & Lp shops . They buy.

3. Last resort sell on Craigs List, eBay etc.

Don't expect much money. Just shlepping them around is a big pain.


Donate over 2,3,4 years and take the max tax deduction each year.