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