Downloads are taking off and it has been 25 years since CD was launched, yet audiophile demand for turntables and vinyl continues unabated. When did you last spin a record?
Is it how much you spend or how you spend it? Is it how you organize your priorities when it comes to audio? Is it only a state of mind? Define the word "audiophile."
Another CES under our belts, and there were new audiophile products galore. What new product at CES caught your eye (or ears)?
Now that hi-rez files without DRM are starting to become available for download from several labels, are you ready for an audiophile music server?
Formats teetered, new products were released, and retailers gave up the ghost. In your opinion, what was the biggest audio story of 2007?
Say what you will about the general state of the music business, good music still pops up from time to time. What was your favorite <I>new</I> release of 2007. No reissues allowed.
The latest reports have music sales, both on disc and online downloads, down another 20% so far this season. In your opinion, why is the music business sucking so hard?
In the responses to last week's poll, one reader stated: "It is easier to buy and sell through the Internet. Hi-Fi shops are obsolete."<P>Is this true, are Hi-Fi shops on the way out?
Some audiophiles will only buy what they can hear, which poses a challenge if what you want is hundreds of miles away. How far have you traveled to audition or purchase an audio component? <P><I>Note to last week's vote commenters: due to a server move, we lost several days' worth of votes. We're all better now but we apologize if your comments didn't make it.</I>
High-resolution audio has gone quiet in recent months. Or has it? What do you think has happened to SACD and DVD-Audio?
Several recordings have been released over and over in a variety of formats and special editions (<I>Kind of Blue</I> is but one example). Which recording do you have the most versions of?
It's been several decades now since the tube <I>vs</I> solid-state debate began, with no end in site. Now we have some digital (PWM or class-D) contenders. What technology is your main amplifier? What brand and model is it and why did you choose it?
The classic audiophile "pose" is sitting still in a chair, probably with eyes shut, and perhaps a toe tapping. But some music demands that you leave your seat and dance. Do you often get up and move when your audio system is playing?
Some folks proclaim that the iPod will be the death of high-end audio, while others claim that it will bring new generations into the fold. Are the numbers of audiophiles increasing or decreasing? Why?
Sure, anyone can design a cost-no-object product. But it's the big bang-for-the-buck components that often demonstrate real talent. What's your choice for best budget component of the year?