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Stereophile Posted: Dec 26, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 105 comments

Sony has finally released SACD hardware, and DVD-Audio is promised for sometime next year, but none of the first players have digital outputs. Is this a problem for you?

How important are digital outputs on an SACD or DVD-Audio player?
Won't buy without 'em
44% (105 votes)
Extremely important
16% (38 votes)
Very important
10% (23 votes)
Kinda important
6% (15 votes)
Not very important
10% (24 votes)
Not important at all
5% (11 votes)
Don't care
10% (23 votes)
Total votes: 239
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 19, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 54 comments

In last week's Soapbox, reader Norman Tracy suggested that audiophiles not wait for DVD-Audio, but instead support the 24/96 DAD format, whose discs can be played on current DVD-Video players. Do you agree? Have you bought any DADs?

Have you bought any DAD software for your home DVD player? How many discs have you purchased?
1-5 DADs
19% (24 votes)
6-10 DADs
10% (13 votes)
11-20 DADs
3% (4 votes)
21-50 DADs
2% (2 votes)
More than 50 DADs
0% (0 votes)
Have player but no DADs
23% (29 votes)
Don't have compatible player
44% (56 votes)
Total votes: 128
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 12, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

The February 2000 issue will present <I>Stereophile</I>'s latest "Records To Die For," in which the magazine's staff reveals what got them going in 1999. But what about your choice?

What was your 1999 Record 2 Die 4? (Just one, please!)
Here it is . . .
91% (98 votes)
Don't have one!
9% (10 votes)
Total votes: 108
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 05, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 117 comments

It looks as if the release of DVD-Audio players will be delayed by several more months. Any comments about the situation?

What are your thoughts about the delay of DVD-Audio players and software?
Not happy, here's why
22% (39 votes)
A little upset
15% (28 votes)
Don't really care
44% (80 votes)
Actually relieved, here's why
17% (30 votes)
No opinion
2% (4 votes)
Total votes: 181
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 28, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

It would seem that every generation remembers the good ol' days of music, before the kids turned it all into mush. Or is that just a fallacy proven wrong by every new release?

Do you think music (any genre you prefer) is getting better, worse, or staying the same? Please explain.
Much better
7% (10 votes)
A little better
18% (24 votes)
Staying the same
25% (34 votes)
A little worse
21% (28 votes)
Much worse
29% (39 votes)
Total votes: 135
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Paul W. Simoni Posted: Nov 21, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 90 comments

Reader Paul W. Simoni noticed a big change in his audiophile habits after his child was born. He wonders how other audiophiles deal with the impact of "rugrats."

Has having children affected your audiophile life? Please explain . . .
Big effect
42% (59 votes)
Moderate effect
16% (22 votes)
Little effect
8% (11 votes)
No change
4% (5 votes)
Don't have kids
31% (43 votes)
Total votes: 140
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Stereophile Posted: Nov 14, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Last week we asked how much time you spend in the sweet spot. Now tell us how much time you spend listening to music in total.

How much time do you spend listening to music
1 hour per day
21% (37 votes)
2-3 hours per day
27% (47 votes)
3-5 hours per day
24% (42 votes)
5-8 hours per day
14% (25 votes)
8-12 hours per day
9% (15 votes)
12-18 hours per day
1% (2 votes)
Every waking moment
1% (2 votes)
All day, even in my sleep
3% (6 votes)
Total votes: 176
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Samo Jecnik Posted: Nov 07, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 106 comments

Reader Samo Jecnik, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has a simple question for audiophiles: "I'd like to know how much time per week <I>Stereophile</I> readers <I>listen</I> to the music on their <I>main</I> systems. I mean the time they're sitting in the sweet spot."

How much time do you spend each week sitting in your audio system's sweet spot listening to music?
0-5 hours
32% (88 votes)
5-10 hours
30% (83 votes)
10-15 hours
21% (58 votes)
15-20 hours
8% (23 votes)
20-30 hours
5% (14 votes)
30-40 hours
2% (6 votes)
More than 40 hours
1% (4 votes)
Total votes: 276
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 31, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 112 comments

For the December issue, <I>Stereophile</I> will be running its "Product of the Year" results. But what would <I>you</I> nominate for best product of 1999?

What would you like to nominate as the best audio product released in 1999? Why?
Here it is:
86% (114 votes)
Don't have one
14% (18 votes)
Total votes: 132
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Sharon Churchill%X% Ph.D. Posted: Oct 24, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 90 comments

Reader Sharon Churchill is curious about whether or not <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers have much contact with female audiophiles.

How many female audiophiles do you know personally or have met?
100 or more
0% (0 votes)
50 to 99
0% (0 votes)
30 to 50
0% (0 votes)
20 to 29
0% (0 votes)
10 to 19
1% (2 votes)
5 to 9
2% (4 votes)
2 to 5
6% (15 votes)
1 only!
16% (43 votes)
None
75% (199 votes)
I am one!!
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 266
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 17, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

When we asked folks last week about the age of their equipment, many pointed out that their oldest stuff was now in System #2 or #3. Do you have more than one system?

Including your home theater (if any), how many audio systems do you have?
1 system
23% (57 votes)
2 systems
35% (86 votes)
3 systems
25% (62 votes)
4 or more systems
18% (44 votes)
Total votes: 249
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 10, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Some of us collect gear from way back, while others have just updated their entire systems. How far back does your equipment go? Anything collectible?

What's the oldest piece of audio gear that you still use, and how old is it?
It's over 40 years old
7% (17 votes)
It's 30-40 years old
14% (37 votes)
It's 20-30 years old
31% (80 votes)
It's 10-20 years old
23% (58 votes)
It's 5-10 years old
13% (33 votes)
It's 3-5 years old
5% (13 votes)
It's 2-3 years old
4% (9 votes)
It's 1-2 years old
1% (3 votes)
It's less than 1 year old!
2% (6 votes)
Total votes: 256
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Stereophile Posted: Oct 03, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 103 comments

In answering last week's VOTE! question, many indicated that they're looking for new equipment. What, if anything, are you currently considering?

Are there any components on your shopping list right now?
Speakers
21% (54 votes)
Amplifier(s)
12% (30 votes)
Preamp
9% (24 votes)
CD player/converter
6% (15 votes)
Turntable/cartridge, etc.
9% (22 votes)
Cables/accessories
9% (24 votes)
Combination of above
9% (23 votes)
Video gear
5% (12 votes)
SACD/DVD-Audio player
10% (26 votes)
Nothing right now
11% (28 votes)
Total votes: 258
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Micronut Posted: Sep 26, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

A never-ending controversy among <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers (and critics) is whether or not the equipment reviewed in the magazine is too pricey or not pricey enough. What do you think?

In terms of component prices, where should <I>Stereophile</I> concentrate its reviews?
Only above $10k
1% (4 votes)
$5k to $10k
3% (12 votes)
$2k to $5k
19% (83 votes)
$1k to $2k
9% (40 votes)
Less than $1k
2% (7 votes)
Equal mix of above
42% (180 votes)
Weighted toward $10k
7% (29 votes)
Weighted toward $1k
17% (73 votes)
Total votes: 428
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Stereophile Posted: Sep 19, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 51 comments

Streaming allows you to start hearing an audio track within seconds of selecting it from a website, but when you stop listening, it's gone. Downloading a track allows you to store audio on your computer for use now or later, but it can take a while to complete. Which method of getting audio from the Internet do you prefer?

Which do you prefer: streaming or downloading audio? Why?
Streaming
17% (19 votes)
Downloads
38% (43 votes)
Both
18% (20 votes)
Neither
27% (31 votes)
Total votes: 113

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