As we wrap up the year, what do you consider the best CD/LP/SACD/DVD-A release from 2001?
The fate of a new format is often tied to a great demo on the showroom floor. Has your local high-end audio shop done SACD and/or DVD-Audio justice?
Analog or digital, tube or solid-state, stereo or multi-channel, minimalist or full-featured? Reader Mark Gdovin wonders what type of preamp readers are using in their systems.
Reader I.M. Outthere wants to tap into the audiophile mind to see what visions are dancing in your heads. Does anything in particular top your holiday audio wish list?
When it's time to audition that new preamp, living in the big city with plenty of audio stores can be an advantage. But sometimes, no matter where you live, finding the products you want to consider before purchase can be a challenge.
Some folks can take months, if not years, to finally buy that new amp, while others can make a "love at first sight" judgment in a matter of minutes. How long does it take you to go from quest to quenched?
Reader Chuck Jones wonders to what extent financial means affect readers' audio equipment purchases.
Many respondents to last week's vote point out that audiophiles are such a small minority that our opinions don't really matter and probably won't drive the market towards high-resolution audio. So, how many audiophiles to you think are actually out there?
The titles are starting to trickle out in both the SACD and DVD-Audio formats. But as far the public is concerned, they don't really exist. What is your suggestion for kick-starting the high-resolution audio market?
Some folks like headphones for the privacy, others for the sound. How often do you go for "cans" instead of speakers?
Some of us love to pry off the cover at the first hint of trouble, while others won't lift a screwdriver. What do you do when a piece of equipment dies?
Audio continues to host a healthy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) market. Folks build everything from components to wire to speaker systems. Has the DIY bug bitten you?
One more question about evaluating audio products: What single audio disc is the most valuable tool you use to evaluate components?
Purchasing some types of components can be time-consuming and complicated, while others are a relative breeze. Is there a particular type of component that is the toughest for you to evaluate and then buy?
There are numerous ways to voice an audio system, ranging from lush sound (no matter what the source) to a "warts-and-all" honesty that may be hard to listen to at times. Which do you prefer?