In his Soapbox this week, Wes Phillips talks about reliability <I>vs</I> the cool factor in choosing or recommending a product. What qualities get you most excited about an audio product?
Assuming you could get any resolution you wanted (we are audiophiles after all) from a music download site, would you prefer to purchase individual tracks
Last week's question implied that high-end audio dealers are getting scarcer. Let's back up a bit and ask if that's really the case. Do you find that high-end audio dealers are getting more scarce in your area?
With high-end audio dealers getting scarcer, audiophiles often turn to the Internet or mail-order for products. Would you buy something you hadn't yet heard?
MusicGiants says it will be the first company to offer high-fidelity downloads, but it will also <A HREF="http://www.stereophile.com/news/051605musicgiants/">spy on your computer</A> to see what other music files you may have. Are you interested in a service like this?
Some audiophiles argue that you should never judge the merits of a component (other than speakers) before it has had sufficient playing time to break in. Do you find this is the case?
Reader David L. Wyatt, Jr. likes to haunt the used and cutout bins and wants to know what your best find has been to date.
This year's Home Entertainment Show in New York has just ended. If you had the chance to attend, what caught your ear?
For some folks, it might be polka tunes; for others, that tuba quintet CD they were given as a birthday gift. What single recording have you acquired that has proven to be the most annoying?
Do you feel you have developed skills for placing speakers in a room, or do you plunk them down, shuffle them around, and hope for the best?
As technology marches on, some of the old audiophile ways become lost arts. Do you still have the skills needed to set up and align a cartridge on a tonearm and turntable?
When you download a music file from pay services, you get DRM or digital rights management that restricts how you use the file. Is this a problem for you?
In a a <A HREF="http://www.stereophile.com/news/031405discs">recent article</A>, <I>Stereophile</I>'s Jon Iverson cited the increase in broadband usage as an indication that more folks may get their music via download than disc in the future. What do you think?
Some components simply endear themselves to audiophiles
Multichannel audio has its share of fans and detractors. Often, a well-executed example of a new technology can be the most effective tool to attract new fans. Have you heard an impressive multichannel recording? If so, what is it?