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.
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?
The next <A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com">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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Did you get any new gear or music for the holidays?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Have you ever noticed a time of day when your musical enjoyment seems to be consistently at its peak?
Audio equipment prices range from dirt cheap to off-the-chart. How does price affect your perception of products?