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Stephen Mejias Posted: Oct 07, 2007 0 comments

iTunes continues to flourish, the major labels have been struggling to reinvent themselves, and CD sales keep stalling. What do you think about Radiohead's business model of allowing fans to decide how much they should spend on the band's new CD, <I>In Rainbows</I>?

What do you think about Radiohead's business model of allowing fans to decide how much they should spend on the band's new CD, <I>In Rainbows</I>?
Love it, it's the way all CDs should be sold
65% (61 votes)
Who's Radiohead?
24% (23 votes)
Don't care, the music industry is dead anyhow
11% (10 votes)
Total votes: 94
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 30, 2007 50 comments

The October issue of <I>Stereophile</I> brings with it the magazine's annual Recommended Components list with over 500 entries. What is your number-one recommended component right now? Why?

What is your number-one recommended component right now? Why?
Here it is
90% (62 votes)
Don't have one
10% (7 votes)
Total votes: 69
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 23, 2007 0 comments

Some combinations work and some don't. How about music and food? Do you eat food while you listen? If so, what is the perfect food/music combination?

Do you eat food while you listen? If so, what is the perfect food/music combination?
Never eat food while listening
51% (35 votes)
I've eaten and listened
49% (33 votes)
Total votes: 68
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 16, 2007 53 comments

Some say the first step in getting good sound is picking the right room for the system. Others find ways for a system to work in almost any environment. Which has a greater effect in the sound: the speakers or the room? Why?

Which has a greater effect in the sound: the speakers or the room? Why?
Speakers
40% (51 votes)
Room
32% (41 votes)
Equal
24% (31 votes)
Neither
4% (5 votes)
Total votes: 128
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 09, 2007 38 comments

<A href="http://www.stereophile.com/audiophilesocieties/">Audio clubs</a> have been doing well the last few years, with new ones appearing every so often. Would you attend an audio club get-together if there were one nearby? Why or why not?

Would you attend an audio club get-together if there were one nearby? Why or why not?
Yes, I already have
19% (16 votes)
Yes, will soon
1% (1 vote)
Yes, but there is not one nearby
41% (34 votes)
No, have no interest
17% (14 votes)
Maybe . . .
22% (18 votes)
Total votes: 83
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 02, 2007 0 comments

They say that being an audiophile is a lonely pursuit, but some 'philes like to make their adjustments with as many ears as possible. When you are dialing in your system, do you get your buddies to help?

When you are dialing in your system, do you get your buddies to help?
I go it alone
88% (89 votes)
I get one pal to help me
9% (9 votes)
Maybe a few pals will help
2% (2 votes)
I invite everyone over
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 101
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 26, 2007 91 comments

CD sales are clearly in a slump, SACD and DVD-A are down for the count, a few downloads are just starting to sound decent (Linn for example), and the LP keeps chugging along. What audio format did you spend the most money on in the last few months? Why?

What audio format did you spend the most money on in the last few months? Why?
Vinyl
33% (55 votes)
CD
45% (76 votes)
SACD
8% (13 votes)
DVD-Audio
1% (2 votes)
Downloads
4% (7 votes)
Live Music (okay not really a format)
3% (5 votes)
Nothing
4% (6 votes)
Other
2% (4 votes)
Total votes: 168
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 19, 2007 0 comments

Depending on where you live, the 25<SUP>th</SUP> anniversary of the Compact Disc is coming up in the next 9 months. Did you buy a player or any discs the first year CD was available in your country? If so, what did you get?

Did you buy a player or any discs the first year CD was available in your country? If so, what did you get?
Yes, I bought
25% (36 votes)
No, waited a year or so
17% (24 votes)
No, waited several years
57% (82 votes)
No, and still haven't bought any CD stuff
1% (1 vote)
I wasn't even born back then
1% (2 votes)
Total votes: 145
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 12, 2007 0 comments

Sometimes less is more, but then again, maybe not when it comes to audio. Do you connect your loudspeaker cables to your amp and loudspeaker with bare wire at the ends or with connectors such as pins, spade lugs, or banana plugs? If you use connectors, what kind do you use?

Do you connect your loudspeaker cables to your amp and loudspeaker with bare wire at the ends or with connectors? If you use connectors, what kind do you use?
Bare wire
34% (56 votes)
Simple connectors
48% (80 votes)
Fancy connectors
18% (30 votes)
Total votes: 166
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 05, 2007 76 comments

According to some, audiophile nirvana can be reached with only a few hundred dollars. But is "entry-level high-end" an oxymoron?

Is "entry-level high-end" an oxymoron?
Yes
53% (88 votes)
Maybe
8% (13 votes)
No
39% (65 votes)
What's an "oxymoron"?
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 167
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 29, 2007 31 comments

Glassy highs, "muddy bass" . . . Are there any hi-fi qualifying words that you find especially appropriate? Inappropriate? Why?

Are there any hi-fi qualifying words that you find especially appropriate? Inappropriate? Why?
Here's one
88% (36 votes)
Can't think of one
12% (5 votes)
Total votes: 41
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 22, 2007 39 comments

Sometimes, we don't listen to music for days at a time, just so it sounds fresh again when we finally do. And sometimes we just yearn for something better and are willing to hit pause until we discover it. Are there times when you just don't want to listen to music? Why not?

Are there times when you just don't want to listen to music? Why not?
Yes, often
22% (17 votes)
Once in a while
54% (41 votes)
Never
24% (18 votes)
Total votes: 76
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 15, 2007 107 comments

During the SACD and DVD-Audio heyday, multichannel audio was finding new converts. Did you convert? Has it stuck with you? Why or why not?

Did you convert your system to multichannel audio? Has it stuck with you? Why or why not?
Yes, I've got 6 or more channels going
6% (11 votes)
Yes, I've got a 5 or 5.1 channel system
16% (28 votes)
Yes, I've got a 4 or 4.1 channel system
4% (7 votes)
Kind of, I've got a 3 or 3.1 channel system
2% (3 votes)
No, I'm still at 2 channels
73% (130 votes)
No, I'm still mono
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 179
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 08, 2007 35 comments

We often hear that new music today is merely a shadow of what came before. In your opinion, which single year has had the most great music? Why?

Which single year has had the most great music? Why?
That year was . . .
87% (34 votes)
They are all exactly the same
13% (5 votes)
Total votes: 39
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 01, 2007 40 comments

Sure we keep buying the old favorites over and over, but are there any new music artists you are wild about?

Are there any new music artists you are wild about?
Yes, I really love . . .
69% (35 votes)
No, same old same old
31% (16 votes)
Total votes: 51

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