The music industry constantly whinges about its woes, and the impending demise of Tower Records underscores the changes taking place within the current marketing model. What do you think is the root of the music industry's troubles?
The conventional wisdom that "bigger is better" doesn't always hold true in audio. High-end speaker systems, for example, have evolved in both directions—some designs have grown enormous while others have almost disappeared entirely. Which trend do you favor?
Last week we asked which <I>Stereophile</I> writer you would like to have come visit. Reader Jay Valancy suggests that a more interesting question is which writer would <I>you</I> like to visit?
Let's say you're having an audio party, or just wanting to tweak your audio system. Which <I>Stereophile</I> writer would you want to have over for an evening and why?
Answer this one at your own risk: If you had to choose, which would you dump, your spouse or your audio system?
You may not care for the music, but sometimes a song's title will catch your fancy. Forget about the tune itself, what is your favorite song title of all time?
Audio companies have created thousands and thousands of audio products in the last several decades. But if you could send just one piece of equipment off in a capsule through space to represent the best audio has to offer, what would it be?
Mozart performing in Vienna, Bob Dylan at Newport, the Beatles at the Cavern Club, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club . . . . If you could travel in time to attend any musical performance in history, what would it be?
Reader Mike Agee says that at one time his system exhibited a "moodiness" where the sound would vary from day to day. Does your system sound the same all the time, or does it sound better at some times than others?
All we really want to hear from our systems is the music, but sometimes there is still a little unwanted noise tagging along for the ride. Do you have any humms, buzzes, or other unwanted noises emanating from your audio system? What do you do about it?
Album cover art and liner notes are great additions to any disc format's packaging, but aside from the artwork, what kind of liner notes do you prefer?
Paper or plastic? When it comes to audio disc packaging, do you prefer paper/cardboard-type cases (Digipak) or the traditional plastic cases (jewel box)?
In the June issue of <I>Stereophile</I>, another classic component is reviewed (the Eico HF-81 amplifier). Even though they don't measure up by today's standards, many audiophiles prefer certain classic designs. Are there any classic components that you prefer to newer products?
Summer is the season for outdoor music festivals, and the coming months are packed with events all around the globe. Do you plan to attend any music festivals this summer? If so, which one(s) and what kind of music?
Recording engineers are responsible for getting the sound onto tape or disc, and some develop an audiophile following. Do you have a favorite?