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Stereophile Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2007 29 comments

And now the important question: What percentage of music in your collection is both great music <I>and</I> sounds great?

What percentage of music in your collection is both great music <I>and</I> sounds great?
100%
5% (6 votes)
90%
2% (2 votes)
80%
10% (11 votes)
70%
8% (9 votes)
60%
3% (4 votes)
50%
11% (13 votes)
40%
11% (13 votes)
30%
16% (18 votes)
20%
17% (20 votes)
10%
9% (10 votes)
Less than 10%
8% (9 votes)
Total votes: 115
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 04, 2007 36 comments

Sometimes our favorite music sounds like crap, and sometimes the best-sounding work in our collection is an artistic failure, but we keep the thing anyway. Forget about the quality of the music, what percentage of your music collection sounds great?

Forget about the quality of the music&#151;what percentage of your music collection sounds great?
100%
11% (11 votes)
90%
6% (6 votes)
80%
8% (8 votes)
70%
11% (11 votes)
60%
4% (4 votes)
50%
12% (12 votes)
40%
9% (9 votes)
30%
17% (17 votes)
20%
13% (13 votes)
10%
4% (4 votes)
Less than 10%
4% (4 votes)
Total votes: 99
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 25, 2007 0 comments

Not every disc is an artistic or performance winner, but some of us seem to end up with more junk than we'd like to admit. Forget about sound quality, what percentage of your music collection is great music?

Forget about sound quality, what percentage of your music collection is great music?
100%
9% (10 votes)
90%
7% (8 votes)
80%
12% (13 votes)
70%
12% (13 votes)
60%
13% (14 votes)
50%
5% (5 votes)
40%
7% (8 votes)
30%
13% (14 votes)
20%
8% (9 votes)
10%
9% (10 votes)
Less than 10%
4% (4 votes)
Total votes: 108
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 18, 2007 38 comments

An audiophile is practically defined by his/her thoughtful and considered approach to selecting components. Which part of the audio chain do you spend the most time auditioning before purchase?

Which part of the audio chain do you spend the most time auditioning before purchase?
Source components: digital
10% (14 votes)
Source components: analog
5% (7 votes)
Preamps
5% (7 votes)
Power amps
2% (3 votes)
Loudspeakers
64% (86 votes)
Cables
1% (1 vote)
Accessories
0% (0 votes)
Other
13% (17 votes)
Total votes: 135
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 11, 2007 0 comments

Faithfully reproducing the sound of real, live musicians in our listening rooms is the audiophile's Holy Grail. Have you ever heard a system do this? If so, what was it?

Have you ever heard an audio system that faithfully reproduced the sound of real, live musicians? What was it?
Yes, here it is
33% (39 votes)
Close
16% (19 votes)
Kind of close
10% (12 votes)
Not really
15% (18 votes)
No
25% (30 votes)
Total votes: 118
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 04, 2007 0 comments

CD sales are sliding, and the download market is still up for grabs. If you ran a major record label, what would be your next move?

If you ran a major record label, what would be your next move?
Here's what I'd do
75% (39 votes)
I'd give up
25% (13 votes)
Total votes: 52
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 28, 2007 142 comments

Let's forget about buying re-releases or back-filling an artist's catalog for a moment, what is the <I>primary</I> way you discover brand-new music to buy?

What is the <I>primary</I> way you discover brand-new music to buy?
Terrestrial radio
53% (126 votes)
Satellite radio
4% (10 votes)
Online radio/streaming
5% (12 votes)
Magazine Reviews
13% (31 votes)
Browsing Record Store
3% (7 votes)
Browsing online
11% (27 votes)
Friend's suggestion
1% (3 votes)
Movie/TV
1% (2 votes)
Other
5% (12 votes)
I don't buy new music
4% (9 votes)
Total votes: 239
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 21, 2007 0 comments

The mainstream media likes to report that the digital disc is dead, but is it? Do you still purchase digital audio discs (CD, SACD, DVD-A, <I>etc</I>) at the same rate as in the past few years? Or has your purchasing slowed down? Why or why not?

Do you still purchase digital audio discs (CD, SACD, DVD-A, <I>etc</I>) at the same rate as in the past few years? Why or why not?
I purchase more than ever
31% (58 votes)
I purchase about the same
37% (69 votes)
I simply buy less music these days
23% (43 votes)
I buy about the same, but not all discs
5% (9 votes)
I don't buy audio discs anymore
5% (10 votes)
Total votes: 189
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 14, 2007 31 comments

We saw amps, speakers, music servers, iPod adaptors, and other products galore. Now that CES 2007 is over, what product most piqued your interest from the show this year? Why?

What product most piqued your interest from CES 2007? Why?
Here's my choice
82% (60 votes)
Nothing looked interesting
18% (13 votes)
Total votes: 73
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Gus Kund Posted: Jan 06, 2007 141 comments

It's easy for an audiophile to fall in love with grand, state-of-the-art speakers, but when it comes to high performance in a small space, fewer jewels stand out. Reader Gus Kund wants to know: What is your favorite bookshelf speaker?

What is your favorite bookshelf speaker?
Here it is
90% (168 votes)
Don't have one
10% (19 votes)
Total votes: 187
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 31, 2006 26 comments

According to our year-end web metrics, it would appear that the magazine's online readers are interested in a different mix of products than its print readers. Do you look for the same or different types of reviews in our print and web products?

Do you look for the same or different types of reviews in our print and web products? Can you give some examples?
I read both print and web and like the same reviews in both mediums
45% (33 votes)
I read them both and prefer different reviews for each medium
26% (19 votes)
I only read print
12% (9 votes)
I only read online
16% (12 votes)
Total votes: 73
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 24, 2006 124 comments

Some of us remember Heathkit and Hafler build-it-yourself audio kits. Others have designed and built their own stuff from scratch, with the pride in ownership that follows. Have you ever built a piece of audio gear? What was it?

Have you ever built a piece of audio gear? What was it?
Yes, here it is
83% (121 votes)
No, never
14% (20 votes)
Tried once, but it didn't work out
3% (5 votes)
Total votes: 146
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 17, 2006 38 comments

Last week we asked for ultimate evaluation discs, but when you want to <I>show off</I> a system or component, what is your ultimate <I>demo</I> disc?

What is your ultimate <I>demo</I> disc?
Here it is
85% (41 votes)
Don't have one
15% (7 votes)
Total votes: 48
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 10, 2006 162 comments

Using familiar music is a great way to zero-in on what's going on with unfamiliar equipment and surroundings. What is your ultimate evaluation disc? Why?

What is your ultimate evaluation disc? Why?
Here it is
94% (190 votes)
Don't have one
6% (13 votes)
Total votes: 203
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 03, 2006 41 comments

There's been a lot of speculation that the music business as we know it cannot survive the download era, now that artists can sell their music direct to fans. Do you think the major labels will survive the transition from discs to downloads?

Do you think the major labels will survive the transition from discs to downloads?
They'll die a quick death
21% (21 votes)
They'll die a slow death
39% (38 votes)
They'll stay about the same
26% (25 votes)
They'll actually grow
8% (8 votes)
They'll reach new heights
6% (6 votes)
Total votes: 98

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