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.
Audio technology marches on, but reader Dave Brown wonders: Does it always increase your enjoyment of music without decreasing your bank account?
Many audiophiles spend thousands on state-of-the-art audio equipment, but does it really put you in the room with the performers?
With the single-ended triode resurgence of recent years causing much debate about tubes vs. transistors, what has been your experience?
With the proposed DVD-Audio format comes the opportunity for multiple channels of high-quality sound. But would you even consider adding more speakers to your two-channel system?
Mellow jazz and small-combo instrumental music is frequently the material of choice in audio stores and at hi-fi shows. But audiophiles enjoy a wide variety of music. Reader Richard Horan wonders: what's your favorite?
The high-end audio business has been around for less than 40 years, with new generations signing on each year. When did you join?
It's been a decade since the analog vs. digital debate began. Where has your system ended up?
Maybe it doesn't really matter how much music you have if you've got those three great albums that do it for you every time, but some folks just can't stop collecting. How about you?
There are some wildly different speaker technologies out there with one common goal: accurate reproduction of music. In your experience, which approach works best?
Many audiophiles are also record collectors. There are many ways to add to your collection. Which one works for you?
Audio amplifiers are now available in power ratings of as low as a few watts. At the other end of the scale are gigawatt amps of 1000W or more. Most fall somewhere in the middle. How much power does a good system really need?
WIth DVD-Audio on the horizon, the standards wars have led to a dizzying number of new format variations. Not only do we have different data-rate proposals, we're not even sure how many channels we need. Which do you prefer: a universal audio standard, or a niche-market approach?
One of the keys to enjoying the tweak audio hobby is having a good place to learn about the art of sound. A good dealer can also help you make good choices for your personal needs when it's time to buy.
A continuation of last week's discussion of low bass. Many audiophiles agree that powerful, well-defined low bass is desirable, but they have many opinions about how to get it.