Separate preamplifiers and power amplifiers have long been considered standard audiophile fare, but sometimes the economy and convenience of an integrated amp can't be beat. Have you ever used one?
We get e-mails every week asking what is the best way to create a decent system for a reasonable amount of money (say around $1500 complete). What would be your advice?
DAD has only been with us a short while, and the dawn is still breaking for new audio formats such as DVD-Audio and SACD, but we're wondering how many of you are early adopters.
Have you ever noticed that your audio system sounds better after it's been on for a while?
Last week's vote question about vinyl prompted a landslide of votes. Which impels us to ask, what is the ratio of CDs to LPs that you own?
It has been 18 years since CD appeared, yet audiophile demand for turntables and vinyl continues unabated. When did you last spin a record?
Whether it's the kid's first piano recital, or the neighborhood surf band, sometimes you've just got to record it yourself. But making that magical document of a live audio event is not nearly as easy as it would seem
Are format wars, such as the battle between DVD-Audio and SACD, worth all the trouble? Some would argue that they let the consumer decide what is best, while others feel that these battles should have been fought in the boardroom and standards committee meetings. What do you think?
Like most pastimes, interest in the audio world can run from hot to cold to contempt. How would you describe your audiophile state?
Reader Arnel Enero asks readers to share the specific personal experience that brought them into the hobby of high-end audio.
As audiophiles, we generally deplore the restrictions that the music business is trying to impose on new formats and equipment, such as watermarking and restricting digital outputs. But does the recording industry have a leg to stand on with their suspicion that we all might be potential pirates?
Now that we've scrutinized the past 20-30 audio years, a reader from Portland wants to know what you'd like to see happen in high-end audio in the <I>next</I> 20-30 years. Let's see some wild ideas.
Have we come a long way baby, or are we still struggling to get out of the chute? Do you think audio reproduction has made much progress in getting listeners closer to the real thing in the last 20-30 years?
The last time we asked the tube-or-transistor question was almost three years ago (see the results <A HREF="http://www.stereophile.com/showvote.cgi?40">here</A>). So, we're curious if reader opinion has shifted when it comes to tube versus solid state amplifier technology.
Reader Bard-Alan Finlan has seen the hype about digital satellite radio from XM and Sirius. He'd like to know what you're really thinking about the new format.