Some folks like the insights and companionship other audiophiles can offer, others prefer to go it alone when they hit the audio shop. Do you audition audio equipment by yourself or with others?
Many audiophiles worry about their hearing and will protect it at all costs: one <I>Stereophile</I> writer has even written about wearing earplugs while driving. What do you do to protect your hearing?
Speaking of misspent youth, we've now set up a "History of Stereophile" section in our new online <A HREF="http://forum.stereophile.com/photopost/" TARGET=NEW>Galleries</A>. Check out <A HREF="http://forum.stereophile.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=99&password=&... TARGET=NEW>this photo of JA</A> from his salad days and let us know what you think.
Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, Happy the Man . . . . Progressive rock from the 1970s has taken abuse from all sides, but it is still dear to many audiophiles. Were you ever or are you now a big fan, and why do you/don't you like it?
Back in the day, tubes were the <I>only</I> choice. Today, some audiophiles still consider them the only choice. Have you ever tried a tubed component in your system?
If you're an audiophile, that probably means you have tons of music that needs proper storage. So how do you do it? Do you have racks, shelves, boxes, drawers, or do you put it all on a hard disk and stick the original discs in the garage?
With official audio downloads and even CDs and high-rez audio now encumbered with DRM (digital rights management) technology, it would appear we are at the dawn of the restricted music format age. Is this a problem for you, or just another bump in the audio road?
In one of Stephen Mejias' <A HREF="http://blog.stereophile.com/stephenmejias/030906location/">blog posts</A>, he notes the precise alignment of his speakers. How precisely have you set up your speakers in your main system?
While SACD and DVD-A seem pretty much format roadkill, do you have any hopes that the new Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats will use their high-resolution audio capability?
Stereo is now just one option in setting up a system. But is it the option you prefer, or does multichannel do it better for you? If you listen to SACD, which do you prefer (assuming both are available on the disc): the stereo mix or the multichannel mix?
This week, we turn to audio equipment. What percentage of your audio equipment purchases in the last 12 months has been at a brick-and-mortar retailer in your area?
If the answers to last week's Vote is any indication, record stores are indeed in trouble. What percentage of your music purchases in the last 12 months has been at a brick-and-mortar retailer in your area?
Wes Phillips <A HREF="http://www.stereophile.com/news/012306requiem/">wrote last week</A> about the closing of yet more music stores and what this means for the future of music. How are the stores in your area doing?
Readers often complain that high-end audio products are priced too high for the typical enthusiast to afford. But good audiophile gear does exist. In your opinion, what's the best audio deal out there?
From basic components to the obscure tweak, there are thousands of products to satisfy every audiophile need. But are there any unfulfilled audiophile needs still waiting to be met?