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>?
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?
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?
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?
<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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
According to some, audiophile nirvana can be reached with only a few hundred dollars. But is "entry-level high-end" an oxymoron?
Glassy highs, "muddy bass" . . . Are there any hi-fi qualifying words that you find especially appropriate? Inappropriate? Why?
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?
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?
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?
Sure we keep buying the old favorites over and over, but are there any new music artists you are wild about?