It's been over a year since we last asked this one, so we're very interested in what trends might have emerged. DVD-Audio and SACD have seen new titles and machines hit the market, but we're wondering how many of you are buying in.
Some folks have to hear the sound of the plastic wrap snapping off every time they get a new disc, while others just want to save some dough. Do used CDs find their way into your collection?
In response to last week's question about name brands, many of you mentioned customer service as very important. Do you have an example of outstanding customer service from an audio company?
In the last poll, many of you named companies you felt could be depended upon to deliver the goods. How important is a product's brandname when you decide what to purchase?
We all know that how a product <I>sounds</I> is the ultimate audiophile criterion. But reader Pete Montgomery wonders how important build-quality and appearance are as well.
We were surprised at the results from last week's vote to see that so many readers have separate two-channel systems. So we're curious: where have you set up <I>your</I> main music system?
The times they are a changing, and many audiophiles have added video to their audio system. Others have kept their two-channel systems intact by creating separate home-theater systems. How about you?
Here's a question we last asked about a year ago: With the proliferation of high-resolution sound cards and other computer audio peripherals over the last couple of years, have you begun using your computer to play music?
As we wrap up the Home Entertainment Show for another year, it seems appropriate to ask if you have attended HE2002 or any other audio or audio/video show.
The record labels are becoming more brazen each passing week with new ways to restrict consumer use of purchased CDs. Does this inhibit your purchase of new music?
It's been argued that audio's "golden age" occured in the late 1950s, just as stereo LPs were introduced. Others say audio <I>truly</I> came of age in the '70s as high-end audio took off. Others don't remember the past so fondly. When did audio culture hit its peak?
The results of last week's "Vote" indicate that audiophiles do indeed read manuals
Reader John Pluta says it took him three years to finally read his preamp's manual, and he wishes he had gone through it sooner. Do you go through your manuals right away or not?
Reader Robert Baum writes that he bought a new KA-7002 Kenwood amp in 1973, and though he's upgraded several times since then, "it's been living under our bed (yes, it's still alive!) for at least a dozen years.
A great audio system is nice, but there's nothing like the real thing to remind us of why we love music. One of our readers, sporting the moniker "]-[arry", comments, "I'd be very interested in learning how many readers actually attend classical or jazz concerts on a regular basis. I suspect the results may be shocking."