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Stereophile Posted: Mar 22, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 43 comments

Audiophile websites cover every niche of the hobby, and new ones are always fun to find. Are there any worthy audiophile links that <I>Stereophile</I> readers may not be aware of?

Can you think of any audiophile links that readers may not be aware of?
Yes, here's a link or two
68% (60 votes)
No, can't think of any
32% (28 votes)
Total votes: 88
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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Mar 15, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 164 comments

The vinyl boom is one thing, but do analog-loving audiophiles actually buy new records? How about you? Do you buy new LP records?

Do you buy new LP records?
Yes, I buy a lot of new records!
29% (146 votes)
Yes, but it's a mix of new and used.
43% (216 votes)
No, I find 'em on the street for free!
1% (5 votes)
No, I buy used records at yard sales for 25 cents a pop!
6% (29 votes)
No, I already have all the records I need!
4% (21 votes)
I don't spin vinyl
17% (84 votes)
Total votes: 501
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David Chesky Posted: Mar 09, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Storing downloads is always a balance between fidelity and hard-drive space/costs. If you had to pick one, which of the following formats would you choose for your downloads?

If you had to pick one, which of the following formats would you choose for your downloads?
96/24 FLAC
54% (321 votes)
44.1/16 AIFF or WAV
8% (46 votes)
44.1/16 FLAC
13% (75 votes)
MP3 320kbps
8% (50 votes)
MP3 128kbps
1% (3 votes)
Other
6% (33 votes)
Forget it, I won't download
10% (61 votes)
Total votes: 589
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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Mar 02, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 78 comments

Is it the atmosphere? The power line? Your brain? Does your system's sound quality vary from day to day?

Does your system's sound quality vary from day to day?
Yes, a lot!
39% (81 votes)
Yes, it sounds "mushy" on very humid days
4% (9 votes)
Yes, it's brittle on dry days
3% (6 votes)
Yes, but it's best late at night
32% (68 votes)
No, it always sounds exactly the same
22% (46 votes)
Total votes: 210
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 23, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

There are dozens of CD- or higher-resolution download sites now online. Which begs the question: How much of the music you acquire is in the form of downloads, either low- and/or high-resolution?

How much of the music you acquire is in the form of downloads, either low- and/or high-resolution?
I only download these days
16% (71 votes)
I download most of my music
11% (47 votes)
I download about half of my music
10% (42 votes)
I only download a little
27% (116 votes)
I don't download anything
36% (155 votes)
Total votes: 431
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David Chesky Posted: Feb 15, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 198 comments

Time to bust or confirm an audiophile stereotype: David Chesky is wondering if you ever listen to rap or hip-hop music?

Do you listen to rap or hip-hop music?
Yes quite a bit
14% (91 votes)
Yes some
16% (104 votes)
Yes, but rarely
22% (143 votes)
Never
49% (327 votes)
Total votes: 665
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 08, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 115 comments

Everyone knows not to judge an album by its cover. But sometimes we can't resist the visual allure created to tempt the unwary shopper. Have you ever bought an album just for the cover? How did it turn out?

Have you ever bought an album just for the cover? How did it turn out?
Yes and it turned out great
69% (138 votes)
Yes, but it was a disaster
17% (34 votes)
Never tempted!
14% (29 votes)
Total votes: 201
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 01, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 129 comments

Getting the right components is half the battle. The other half is setting them up for maximum effect. How much time did you spend placing your loudspeakers?

How much time did you spend placing your loudspeakers?
I spent about . . .
84% (163 votes)
Just plopped them down
16% (31 votes)
Total votes: 194
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 25, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

In the spirit of doing our part for the audio economy, if you had $1000 to spend on audio equipment right now, what would you use it for?

If you had $1000 to spend on audio equipment right now, what would you use it for?
I'd spend it all on...
75% (183 votes)
I'd use it as a down payment on...
21% (51 votes)
I can't think of how to spend it
4% (11 votes)
Total votes: 245
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Mark Lemelin Posted: Jan 19, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

The Internet has been a boon to buyers and sellers of used audio components. Reader Mark Lemelin wonders whether you mostly buy used gear, or do you buy new equipment on the Web?

When you shop hi-fi on the Web, do you mostly buy used or new equipment?
All new
13% (43 votes)
Mostly new
17% (55 votes)
Equal amounts of new and used
17% (57 votes)
Mostly used
34% (112 votes)
All used
11% (38 votes)
I don't buy anything
8% (28 votes)
Total votes: 333
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 12, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 45 comments

Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone with thousands of new audio products announced. What stood out for you at the 2009 CES?

What stood out for you at CES 2009?
Here it is
69% (47 votes)
Nothing stood out for me
31% (21 votes)
Total votes: 68
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 04, 2009 Published: Dec 31, 1969 103 comments

Will it be more of the same or is there a big development lurking around the corner? What are your audiophile predictions for 2009?

What are your audiophile predictions for 2009?
Here it is
87% (116 votes)
Don't have one
13% (17 votes)
Total votes: 133
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 28, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 76 comments

<I>Stereophile</I>'s annual "Records 2 Die 4" will be coming out shortly, but here's your chance to get a jump on the reviewers: What recording from the last 365 days ended up at the top of your musical heap?

What recording from 2008 ended up at the top of your musical heap?
Here it is
73% (66 votes)
Can't pick just one
19% (17 votes)
Don't care
8% (7 votes)
Total votes: 90
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Stereophile Posted: Dec 22, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 112 comments

Once you've been identified by your family and friends as an audiophile, they might try to give you gifts to support your habit. What would be the <I>worst</I> audiophile gift you could imagine?

What would be the <I>worst</I> audiophile gift you could imagine?
Here it is
86% (115 votes)
Don't have one
14% (18 votes)
Total votes: 133
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2008 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

It's been a tumultuous year for many around the world, but the audiophile keeps listening to music and searching for better sound. What is your pick for the most important audio development this year, be it a technology, trend, or component?

What is your pick for the most important audio development this year, be it a technology, trend, or component?
It's a technology
29% (38 votes)
It's a trend
38% (50 votes)
It's a component
14% (19 votes)
It's something else
7% (9 votes)
Don't have any idea
13% (17 votes)
Total votes: 133

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