Last week's Soapbox inspired this week's question: Which do you prefer
While we're on the topic of high-end audio e-commerce, have you tried your hand at the online market in <I>used</I> audio equipment?
Dozens of new websites are popping up aimed at selling audio equipment directly to consumers. Some are even working out deals with brick-and-mortar retailers in your area to deliver services, and some high-end components are now <I>only</I> available on the Web. Does purchasing audio products over the Internet appeal to you?
In answering last week's question
With SDMI on the horizon, supposedly inaudible watermarking may end up in quite a bit of the digital audio we listen to. Is this a problem for you?
Both the DVD-Audio and SACD camps have now officially announced players for later this year, neither of which will play the other format (unlike the universal players promised, but not yet delivered, by Yamaha and Denon). What will you do?
Audiophile labels spend a good deal of effort trying to improve the transfer of music from the master tape to CD, DVD, or LP. Is this important to you?
Audiophiles all have to start somewhere, and some of us may have even spread the word a little. Have you?
Do you suffer socially because of your audio obsession?
As a follow-up to last week's question, we'd like to know what audio gear gets your vote for best-looking product of all time.
Some audio companies, such as Bang & Olufsen, concentrate just as many resources into their products' appearance as into their sound. Does this matter to you?
Audio experts can come in all shapes and sizes: a great dealer, an audiophile friend or relative, an audio consultant---even a magazine writer. How much do you value their opinions?
Is there a single CD or LP that holds significant value for you? Is it an old ratty copy of your first record ever bought, or a pricey, collectible piece of vinyl?
The responses to last week's poll triggered interest in this week's question from many readers.
Reader Patrick Tracy claims that he's addicted to buying music: "As in the studies of lab mice and cocaine, I will repeatedly choose music over most any other pursuit. Like a longtime drug addict, I now need larger and larger doses of new music to achieve the rush that a single recording might give a normal person."<P>How about you?