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Stereophile Staff Posted: Feb 18, 2001 144 comments

Audio equipment tragedies do happen, whether the result of loud music, butter fingers, or the family pet. Have you been the cause

Have you ever destroyed a piece of audio equipment? How did you do it?
Yes, here's how
56% (111 votes)
9% (17 votes)
35% (69 votes)
Total votes: 197
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2001 168 comments

A point brought up by many readers regarding last week's question is how one defines "expensive" as it relates to audio equipment. We're curious about what <I>you</I> think.

How much does a single audio product have to cost before you would deem it expensive? Why?
Anything over $500
6% (30 votes)
$1,000 or more
14% (67 votes)
$1,500 or more
10% (46 votes)
$2,000 or more
19% (93 votes)
$3,500 or more
19% (92 votes)
$5,000 or more
20% (98 votes)
$7,500 or more
2% (8 votes)
$10,000 or more
5% (23 votes)
$15,000 or more
1% (4 votes)
$20,000 or more
1% (6 votes)
Over $30,000
3% (13 votes)
Total votes: 480
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2001 304 comments

A common complaint about <I>Stereophile</I> is that we review too much expensive equipment that our readers could never afford. Does this bother you, or should we continue to pursue state-of-the-art sound, without regard to cost?

Do you like to read reviews of really expensive equipment in <I>Stereophile</I>?
Love the expensive equipment reviews
37% (207 votes)
A few are fine
32% (179 votes)
Only once in a while
21% (116 votes)
Would rather they disappear
4% (21 votes)
Sam Tellig from cover to cover!
5% (30 votes)
Total votes: 553
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jan 29, 2001 34 comments

The next <A HREF="">Home Entertainment Expo</A> (formerly the Hi-Fi Show) will be in New York May 11-13. We usually run several live forums covering the gamut of audiophile topics, including the popular "grill the editors" sessions. Are there any audio topics you'd particularly like to see covered this year?

Are there any audio topics you'd particularly like to address in the live seminars and forums at the upcoming Home Entertainment Expo in New York?
Yes, here it is
87% (34 votes)
Can't think of one
13% (5 votes)
Total votes: 39
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Anon Reader Posted: Jan 21, 2001 88 comments

Have you ever had a pal over to listen to your system, only to find under the scrutiny of the audition that you hear your system differently than when you were alone?

Does your system sound different to you when other people are listening critically to it?
Yes, it sounds much worse
23% (40 votes)
Yes it sounds much better
9% (16 votes)
No it sounds the same either way
56% (98 votes)
I don't have friends listen to my system
11% (20 votes)
Total votes: 174
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2001 117 comments

With all of the new SACD and DVD-Audio surround-enabled hardware finally coming out, we have to wonder what you'll really want to do with all of those extra channels. What piece of music do you think is especially suited to five or six channels?

What work of music would you most like to see released as a multi-channel disc? Why?
Here it is:
43% (73 votes)
Can't think of one
12% (20 votes)
Hate the idea of surround!
45% (77 votes)
Total votes: 170
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Posted: Jan 07, 2001 0 comments

Every few months we'll ask this question to see if any trends emerge in the format wars: Which new formats have you purchased players for?

Have you purchased a player for any of the new high-end audio formats? If you have, how do you like it?
21% (83 votes)
Yes, DVD-Audio
6% (22 votes)
Yes, both SACD and DVD-Audio
2% (6 votes)
Neither but will buy SACD soon
22% (86 votes)
Neither but will buy DVD-Audio soon
12% (46 votes)
Not interested in either format
38% (147 votes)
Total votes: 390
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Michael P. Healey Posted: Dec 31, 2000 0 comments

We've probably all bought an audio product only to find that it sported one or two entirely useless or poorly designed "features." Reader Michael P. Healey wonders what is the most egregious example of a bad feature you can think of?

What is the worst, goofiest, or most useless "feature" you've seen on an audio product?
Here it is
93% (99 votes)
I've never met a feature I didn't like
7% (8 votes)
Total votes: 107
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 24, 2000 98 comments

Did you get any new gear or music for the holidays?

Were the holidays good to you? Tell us what new audiophile treats you got this year.
Here it is . . .
78% (90 votes)
I got nothing but a lump of coal . . .
22% (26 votes)
Total votes: 116
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2000 146 comments

Forget about reality! If you could make any audiophile dream come true in 2001, whether for yourself or the entire industry, what would it be?

What is your audiophile wish for 2001?
Here it is
97% (148 votes)
Don't have one
3% (4 votes)
Total votes: 152
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 10, 2000 148 comments

Last week's question about car systems prompted many readers to respond that their car is the only place where they can crank up an audio system. Are you restricted to quieter-than-ideal listening levels at home?

Do you have to keep your system at less than the optimum listening level at home? Why?
Can listen as loud as needed anytime
25% (70 votes)
Must turn it down sometimes
26% (72 votes)
Can only listen loud once in a while
24% (68 votes)
Can rarely listen loud
12% (32 votes)
Can never listen as loud as I'd like
6% (18 votes)
Not a problem&#151;I prefer to listen quietly
6% (18 votes)
Total votes: 278
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2000 160 comments

No question that most audiophiles who read <I>Stereophile</I> are concerned about the performance of their home systems, but what about their car systems?

Is the audio performance of your car's system important to you? Have you done anything to improve it?
Very important
28% (80 votes)
Somewhat important
23% (66 votes)
Slightly important
26% (74 votes)
Don't care
19% (53 votes)
Don't have a car
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 282
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2000 116 comments

It's the season when <I>Stereophile</I> salutes the Products of the Year. You can read about our picks in print this month's (December) issue, or on the Web next week. But in the meantime, what is your choice for this year's best?

What is your overall Product of 2000? Why?
Here it is
88% (114 votes)
Don't have one
12% (16 votes)
Total votes: 130
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 19, 2000 149 comments

New music, or a fresh interpretation of an old classic, is what keeps a music lover's life interesting. What three releases have been in heavy rotation for you recently?

What are the top three discs in your music rotation right now?
Here they are
87% (144 votes)
Don't have any
5% (9 votes)
I want a recount of that last Vote!
7% (12 votes)
Total votes: 165
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 12, 2000 99 comments

Have you ever noticed a time of day when your musical enjoyment seems to be consistently at its peak?

Is there a time of day or night when you prefer to listen? Why?
Early morning
8% (17 votes)
Mid morning
2% (4 votes)
Around noon
1% (3 votes)
mid afternoon
2% (4 votes)
Early evening
11% (22 votes)
17% (34 votes)
Late Evening
37% (76 votes)
'Round midnight
22% (46 votes)
Total votes: 206


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