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Stereophile Posted: Dec 30, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 69 comments

We've got the music business singing the blues with record sales down across the chart. Do you think the music from 2001 stacks up to that of previous years?

How do the music releases from 2001 compare to those from previous years?
It's much better
2% (3 votes)
A bit better
3% (5 votes)
About the same
24% (35 votes)
A little worse
24% (35 votes)
Much worse
31% (46 votes)
Fugedaboudit
16% (24 votes)
Total votes: 148
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 23, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 75 comments

As we wrap up the year, what do you consider the best CD/LP/SACD/DVD-A release from 2001?

What is your pick for best music release for 2001?
Here it is
76% (70 votes)
Don't have one
24% (22 votes)
Total votes: 92
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 16, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 79 comments

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?

Is SACD and/or DVD-Audio well represented at your high-end audio shop?
Yes, they do a great job!
4% (8 votes)
They do a good job
6% (11 votes)
They do okay
15% (29 votes)
They do a poor job
38% (73 votes)
They don't even have it!
37% (71 votes)
Total votes: 192
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Mark Gdovin Posted: Dec 09, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 190 comments

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.

What type of preamp do you use? Why?
Full-featured solid-state analog two-channel
16% (63 votes)
Minimalist solid-state analog two-channel
19% (74 votes)
Full-featured solid-state digital two-channel
1% (3 votes)
Minimalist solid-state digital two-channel
2% (7 votes)
Solid-state analog multi-channel
1% (4 votes)
Solid-state digital multi-channel
6% (23 votes)
Full-featured tube two-channel
18% (68 votes)
Minimalist tube two-channel
19% (75 votes)
Tube multi-channel
1% (4 votes)
No preamp, direct from source to amp
11% (41 votes)
Other
7% (26 votes)
Total votes: 388
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I.M. Outthere Posted: Dec 02, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 89 comments

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?

What's on your audio wish list to Santa and his little cobblers?
Hardware
66% (95 votes)
Software
28% (40 votes)
Bah Humbug!
7% (10 votes)
Total votes: 145
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Joe Hartmann Posted: Nov 25, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 96 comments

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.

How easy is it to find the components you want to audition?
Very easy
5% (11 votes)
Somewhat easy
14% (32 votes)
Bit of a struggle
17% (40 votes)
Tough sometimes
17% (40 votes)
Quite difficult
40% (92 votes)
Impossible
7% (16 votes)
Total votes: 231
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 18, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 73 comments

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?

How long does it take to narrow down the choices for a new component to the one you purchase?
Minutes
1% (2 votes)
Hours
3% (6 votes)
A day or two
3% (6 votes)
At least a week
7% (16 votes)
Around a month
22% (48 votes)
Several months
48% (103 votes)
A year or more
16% (35 votes)
Total votes: 216
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Chuck Jones Posted: Nov 11, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 60 comments

Reader Chuck Jones wonders to what extent financial means affect readers' audio equipment purchases.

What percentage of your annual income do you spend each year on audio equipment (not including music)?
Less than 1%
14% (28 votes)
1-2%
22% (46 votes)
3-4%
16% (33 votes)
5-6%
14% (28 votes)
7-10%
17% (34 votes)
11-15%
3% (7 votes)
16-20%
5% (11 votes)
21-30%
2% (4 votes)
31-40%
1% (3 votes)
41-50%
0% (1 vote)
51-60%
2% (4 votes)
More than 60%
3% (7 votes)
Total votes: 206
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 04, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 122 comments

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?

What percentage of the music-buying public is audiophile?
1-2%
42% (164 votes)
3-4%
19% (75 votes)
5-6%
15% (59 votes)
7-10%
15% (57 votes)
11-15%
2% (8 votes)
16-20%
2% (9 votes)
21-30%
2% (8 votes)
31-40%
1% (3 votes)
41-50%
1% (2 votes)
More than 50%
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 388
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 28, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

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?

If you were in charge, what would you do to insure the long term success of high resolution formats like DVD-Audio and SACD?
Here it is
90% (159 votes)
Have no idea
10% (18 votes)
Total votes: 177
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 21, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 204 comments

Some folks like headphones for the privacy, others for the sound. How often do you go for "cans" instead of speakers?

How often do you listen to music through headphones?
All the time
26% (115 votes)
Quite often
27% (119 votes)
Sometimes
13% (57 votes)
Rarely
17% (77 votes)
Never
17% (73 votes)
Total votes: 441
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 14, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

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?

When something breaks, what do you do?
I try to fix it myself, first
60% (136 votes)
I take it to a repair shop
28% (63 votes)
Trash it
4% (9 votes)
Other
8% (19 votes)
Total votes: 227
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I.M. Outthere Posted: Oct 07, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 141 comments

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?

Would you ever create and use a DIY component in your system?
Never
13% (44 votes)
I might, if I had the time and know-how
26% (89 votes)
DIY, while cost-effective, can't compete with the major brands
4% (13 votes)
Yes, I have a DIY component (or two)
58% (198 votes)
Total votes: 344
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 30, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 104 comments

One more question about evaluating audio products: What single audio disc is the most valuable tool you use to evaluate components?

What is your most trusted evaluation disc?
It's a CD
70% (112 votes)
It's an LP
16% (26 votes)
Other
4% (6 votes)
Don't have one
11% (17 votes)
Total votes: 161
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2001 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

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?

When buying a new component, what's the toughest type of product for you to research before you buy?
Digital player (CD, SACD, converter, etc)
11% (30 votes)
Analog front end (turntable, cart, etc.)
9% (25 votes)
Preamp
6% (17 votes)
Amplifier
5% (13 votes)
Cables
22% (59 votes)
Speakers
42% (114 votes)
Cabinets
0% (0 votes)
Other
5% (13 votes)
Total votes: 271

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