Music collections have a way of running wild if they aren't kept organized. Do you have a good system for keeping your records and discs in order?
A great audio system is nice, but there's nothing like the real thing to remind us of why we love music.
A perpetual problem for audiophiles is finding that disc that not only satisfies the soul, but placates the brain as well. While pondering last week's question about the value of his music collection, reader Randy Meenach wondered how much of it actually sounds great.
Last week we asked about the cost of your system, but reader Matt H. suggested we ask about the cost of the software to feed it.
We've been asked to run this question numerous times and thought it might be a bit inappropriate. But each week brings new e-mails from inquiring minds who have to know the answer. And so, we ask you:
High-end audio is notorious for being a fussy pursuit. But has the perception matched your reality?
Some folks like headphones for the privacy, others for the sound. How often do you go for "cans" instead of speakers?
Audio has always hosted a large Do-It-Yourself market. Folks build everything from components to wire to speaker systems. Has the DIY bug bitten you?
Are CD prices too high? Does pricing constrict the amount of music you purchase and listen to? After reading the responses to last week's question, it seems appropriate to ask if you would buy more regular CDs if the price dropped substantially---let's say to around $8 US per disc at retail.
Recent announcements indicate that DVD-Audio may soon emerge as a set of standards. Assuming that a DVD-Audio disc is not backward-compatible with CD players, but will play on the new DVD player (with DVD-Audio update) you just bought, how much would you spend for the special discs?
We've all got to start somewhere, and audiophiles often begin with the guidance of someone close to them. Tell us who it was and how it happened.
It is often claimed that high-end audio is a rich person's pursuit, while others feel that prices are secondary to careful selection and the right attitude.
The rule of thumb has historically been to spend more on your speakers than on the rest of your equipment. But audiophiles have found that every part of a system requires attention. Where have you ended up?
Here's the first joke to get you started:<P>Q. How many audiophiles does it takes to change a light bulb?<P>A. One, and 33-1/3 to explain the superiority of candles. (Thanks to Bryan Stanton)<P><I>OR</I><P>A. Three: one to do it and two to discuss how the old bulb was better with this particular socket and wiring system.<BR><P><I>OR</I> (from Kal Rubinson)<P>A. One, but he has to stand on TipToes to do it.<BR>
Audio systems can often be a synergistic challenge, with a delicate balance of every component in the chain. Reader Al Marcy submitted this question, which gets at the heart of the audiophile life.