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Stereophile Posted: Jun 19, 2005 42 comments

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?

What property get you most excited about an audio product?
Cool factor
6% (5 votes)
Reliability
59% (51 votes)
Equal amounts of both
35% (30 votes)
Total votes: 86
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 12, 2005 34 comments

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

&#192; la carte tracks or subscriptions? What is your preference for downloading music?
la carte tracks for me
31% (31 votes)
Subscriptions for me
3% (3 votes)
Mostly
9% (9 votes)
Mostly subscriptions
2% (2 votes)
Equal amounts of both
2% (2 votes)
I don't want no stinkin' downloads no matter how hi-rez!
53% (54 votes)
Total votes: 101
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 05, 2005 60 comments

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?

Do you find that high-end audio dealers are getting more scarce in your area?
They're disappearing fast
26% (33 votes)
They're slowly going away
38% (49 votes)
Seems about the same
33% (43 votes)
They're actually increasing a little
3% (4 votes)
Lots of new ones all the time
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 129
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Stereophile Posted: May 30, 2005 85 comments

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?

Would you buy a component without hearing it first?
I've already bought something I didn't listen to first
68% (115 votes)
Yes, I'd buy something I haven't heard
7% (12 votes)
Maybe
10% (16 votes)
No, I'd never buy anything without hearing it first
15% (25 votes)
Total votes: 168
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Stereophile Posted: May 22, 2005 0 comments

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?

Are you interested in a high-fidelity download site, even if it spies on your music collection?
You bet!
4% (6 votes)
Perhaps
10% (14 votes)
Not really
12% (17 votes)
Not at all
74% (108 votes)
Total votes: 145
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Stereophile Posted: May 15, 2005 0 comments

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?

Do you find that some electronic components
Yes, break in is very important
53% (64 votes)
Break in is somewhat important
26% (31 votes)
Haven't heard a difference
19% (23 votes)
Don't care
2% (3 votes)
Total votes: 121
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David L. Wyatt%X% Jr. Posted: May 08, 2005 42 comments

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.

What was your favorite bargain music purchase (used or a cutout)?
Here it is
85% (41 votes)
I don't buy used or cutouts
15% (7 votes)
Total votes: 48
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Stereophile Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

This year's Home Entertainment Show in New York has just ended. If you had the chance to attend, what caught your ear?

Did you attend HE 2005 last week? If so, what stood out for you?
Yes, here's what I liked
25% (16 votes)
Yes, but didn't like anything
5% (3 votes)
Didn't attend
71% (46 votes)
Total votes: 65
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 24, 2005 46 comments

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?

What's the all-time most-annoying album you've had the misfortune to acquire?
Here it is (and I still have it)
54% (27 votes)
Here it is (and I got rid of it)
30% (15 votes)
Don't have one
16% (8 votes)
Total votes: 50
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 17, 2005 0 comments

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?

Do you have a specific method for optimizing speaker placement or do you guess and fiddle?
I've got it down to a science
17% (20 votes)
I've got a general approach
61% (74 votes)
I have a tip or two
13% (16 votes)
I just guess
8% (10 votes)
I don't care about speaker placement
1% (1 vote)
I only use headphones
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 121
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 10, 2005 71 comments

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?

Can you set up and align your own cartridge?
Yup!
59% (89 votes)
With a little help
9% (13 votes)
No, I let the dealer do it
16% (24 votes)
No, I have a pal that does it for me
0% (0 votes)
I don't have a cartridge
16% (24 votes)
Total votes: 150
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 03, 2005 42 comments

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?

Do DRM (digital rights management) restrictions on paid downloads bother you? Why or why not?
I won't buy anything with DRM
53% (55 votes)
It bothers me a lot
15% (15 votes)
It bothers me
10% (10 votes)
It only bothers me a little
5% (5 votes)
I don't care
17% (18 votes)
Total votes: 103
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 27, 2005 0 comments

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?

Given equivalent quality, do you think downloads or discs will become the most popular medium in the next 5-10 years? Why?
Discs
30% (30 votes)
Downloads
65% (66 votes)
Something else
5% (5 votes)
Total votes: 101
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 20, 2005 101 comments

Some components simply endear themselves to audiophiles

What has been your favorite of all the components you've ever owned? Why?
Here it is
94% (101 votes)
Never had a favorite
6% (6 votes)
Total votes: 107
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 13, 2005 0 comments

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?

Have you heard an impressive multichannel recording? If yes, what is it?
Yes, very impressive
34% (33 votes)
Haven't heard one yet
66% (65 votes)
Total votes: 98

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