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Stereophile Posted: Jan 27, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 567 comments

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?

When was the last time you listened to a vinyl record on your system?
Today
40% (260 votes)
Within the last week
26% (170 votes)
Within the last two weeks
4% (27 votes)
Within the last month
3% (19 votes)
Within the last couple of months
3% (20 votes)
Months ago
3% (17 votes)
A year or more
16% (106 votes)
Never
4% (28 votes)
Total votes: 647
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 20, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 156 comments

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."

Define the word "audiophile."
Here's my definition
91% (223 votes)
I have no idea
8% (20 votes)
Here's what it is not
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 246
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 13, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 54 comments

Another CES under our belts, and there were new audiophile products galore. What new product at CES caught your eye (or ears)?

What new product at CES caught your eye (or ears)?
The product that caught my attention is
84% (75 votes)
Nothing stood out
16% (14 votes)
Total votes: 89
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 05, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 199 comments

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?

Are you ready for an audiophile music server?
Already have one
32% (268 votes)
Bring 'em on
44% (366 votes)
Maybe
13% (106 votes)
Probably not
6% (49 votes)
Never
2% (18 votes)
Huh?
2% (19 votes)
Total votes: 826
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 30, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Formats teetered, new products were released, and retailers gave up the ghost. In your opinion, what was the biggest audio story of 2007?

In your opinion, what was the biggest audio story of 2007?
Here it is
93% (62 votes)
Don't have one
7% (5 votes)
Total votes: 67
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 23, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 51 comments

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.

What was your favorite <I>new</I> release of 2007. No reissues allowed.
Here it is
91% (68 votes)
Don't have one
9% (7 votes)
Total votes: 75
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 16, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

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 your opinion, why is the music business sucking so hard?
Bad Music
50% (108 votes)
Bad Karma
7% (16 votes)
High Prices
19% (41 votes)
Pirates . . . ARRGGH
6% (13 votes)
How about...
16% (35 votes)
Who Knows?
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 216
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 09, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 100 comments

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?

Are Hi-Fi shops obsolete?
Completely obsolete
13% (33 votes)
Becoming obsolete
21% (54 votes)
There will always be a place for them
67% (176 votes)
Total votes: 263
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 02, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 51 comments

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>

How far have you traveled to audition or purchase an audio component?
Up to 25 miles
36% (64 votes)
Up to 50 miles
11% (19 votes)
Up to 100 miles
18% (31 votes)
Up to 250 miles
13% (23 votes)
Up to 500 miles
8% (14 votes)
Up to 1000 miles
6% (11 votes)
Up to 3000 miles
3% (5 votes)
Over 3000 miles
6% (10 votes)
Total votes: 177
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 28, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 71 comments

High-resolution audio has gone quiet in recent months. Or has it? What do you think has happened to SACD and DVD-Audio?

What do you think has happened to SACD and DVD-Audio?
Dead
48% (112 votes)
Mortally wounded
20% (46 votes)
Gone underground
22% (50 votes)
Doing okay
7% (16 votes)
Alive and kicking
3% (7 votes)
Total votes: 231
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 12, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 77 comments

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?

Which recording do you have the most versions of?
Here it is
93% (143 votes)
Only have one of everything
7% (11 votes)
Total votes: 154
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 04, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 123 comments

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?

What technology is your main amplifier? What brand and model is it and why did you choose it?
Solid-State
70% (182 votes)
Tube
21% (55 votes)
Digital/PWM/class-D
5% (13 votes)
Hybrid
3% (8 votes)
Other
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 261
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 28, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 44 comments

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?

Do you often get up and move to the music when your audio system is playing?
All the time
18% (20 votes)
Sometimes
41% (45 votes)
Rarely
22% (24 votes)
Never
16% (18 votes)
I'm an international air guitar champ!
3% (3 votes)
Total votes: 110
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 21, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 57 comments

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?

Are the numbers of audiophiles increasing or decreasing? Why?
Going way up
24% (30 votes)
Going up
8% (10 votes)
Slight lift
6% (8 votes)
Staying the same
12% (15 votes)
Slight dip
5% (6 votes)
Going down
24% (30 votes)
Going way down
21% (26 votes)
Total votes: 125
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 14, 2007 Published: Dec 31, 1969 30 comments

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?

What's your choice for best budget component of the year?
Here it is
84% (37 votes)
Don't have one
16% (7 votes)
Total votes: 44

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