Should Stereophile review more or fewer computer audio products?

Should <I>Stereophile</I> review more or fewer computer audio products?
Way more!
58% (377 votes)
A bit more
29% (190 votes)
Keep it the same
5% (32 votes)
A little less
3% (19 votes)
A lot less
6% (37 votes)
Total votes: 655

As evidenced by the response to last week's vote, audiophiles are increasingly turning to their computers as a source of music. Should <I>Stereophile</I> review more or fewer computer audio products?

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Davw W/'s picture

Computer audio products are audio products. We need to get over it.

Eric Johansen's picture

I'm a vinyl guy, but I do see the practicality of it all.

Shaun Hunter's picture

This is what is the largest part of the audio market now and it's being ruled by the likes of Plantronics! I think you need to focus less on DACs. To me, it's like you're confusing the computer for a CD player in a stereo system rather than a TV in a HT system. It's the heart of people's everyday entertainment system. How about some powered monitor, ADC turntables, and networked DACs like the Squeezebox or Linn's New Digital Stream Players. Otherwise, if you ignore this like "It's not hi-fi," you may as well have stopped reviewing with anything other than 78s.

Brown Sound, CO's picture

But not just on the computer side. We also need content on the software, codecs, streamers, cables, and the other assorted integration gear. It would be nice to have some of Stereophile's subjective comparisons. As informative as Hydrogen Audio’s information can be, their testing hardline can be a pain in the neck.

Jonathan.'s picture

I'm running a seriously good computer-based setup. It's a complex field with a lot of diverse technical aspects that potential buyers should be informed about. These products are changing the industry, and imho Stereophile should lead the way with good reviews and technical resources.

Wilbur's picture

I would like tests on the major media players and comparisons of them.

Cerrot's picture

A bit more, but please keep away from the $199 items. I enjoy reading about the more esoteric gear.

Tim Butler's picture

There is a very serious movement towards this method for audio storage, retrieval, and playback. Stereophile has always been brave enough to get out there on the edge with emerging technologies. I hope you can continue to lead the charge.

Greg's picture

Less, at least until 24/96 downloads are more plentiful.

DG's picture

This is the wave of the future (in some form) and we should pay attention.

Mike's picture

Music servers are the future of audio playback.

Bleg's picture

Much, much more. The future is near, and the magazine has to keep up with the audiophiles of the future (including the old farts and the new iPod generation).

A.N.'s picture

Well, it is the future—in whatever form it evolves into.

m's picture

For better or worse, the future of audio will be heavily entwined with the world of computers.

Bill Devaux's picture

I think this is where audio is going. There will always be a place for vinyl and reel-to-reel, but those will be niche players.

Paul Hartman's picture

It is the future of audio.

Kevin Johnson's picture

For years, I upgraded my two-channel stereo with the ultimate goal of making my music even more enjoyable, but I see my 20-year-old son and his friends using their iPods and Smart Phones and computers as their only source for musical enjoyment. So, I’m now using my PC (w/Asus Essence STX sound card) as a source and find it incredibly enjoyable (I use nothing but FLAC 16- and 24-bit files) and if more of the younger generation knew what sound quality was possible with their computers, I believe that we could get them to join us in our pursuit of better sound/more musical enjoyment. I’ve seen it happen, my son has brought friends over to listen to what is possible when using a computer as a source to my preamp and frankly they’re stunned, it reminds me of what I must have looked like the first time I walked into a high dollar audio store and heard music played like I never thought was possible by stereo components. I do know that if we turn up our noses at the thought of computer audio we will lose this younger generation and in time there will be fewer and fewer audiophiles/music lovers who care enough about sound quality to pay for better sounding gear.

Todd's picture

Computer audio will play an increasingly important part of increasing numbers of audio systems. If Stereophile wants to stay relevant, then it needs to meet this demand.

Mike's picture

An audiophile is an audiophile, regardless of their source.

Rick Gonzales's picture

I have 2TB of lossless music and growing.

Nuz1's picture

Logitech Squeezebox Server

Nick K's picture

If you start reviewing more, I'm out. You might as well change your name to Digitalphile. Oh. and by the way, there's a recession going on. Let's focus more on the budget-priced components.

JamesL's picture

Its advantages are numerous and obvious. If Stereophile will help us recognize and patronize companies providing the best source files, management software, and DACs for digital music, the quality will continue to reach its potential.

Kevin Johnson's picture

For years I've upgraded my two 2-channel stereo with the ultimate goal of making my music even more enjoyable but I see my 20 year old son and his friends using their iPods and Smart Phones and computers as their only source for musical enjoyment. I’m now using my PC (w/Asus Essence STX sound card) as a source and find it incredibly enjoyable (I use nothing but FLAC 16 and 24 bit files) and if more of the younger generation knew what sound quality was possible with their computers I believe that we could get them to join us in our pursuit of better sound/more musical enjoyment. I’ve seen it happen, my son has brought friends over to listen to what is possible when using a computer as a source to my preamp and frankly they’re stunned, it reminds me of what I must have looked like the first time I walked into a high dollar audio store and heard music played like I never thought was possible by stereo components. I do know that if we turn up our noses at the thought of computer audio we will lose this younger generation and in time there will be less and less audiophiles/music lovers that care enough about sound quality to pay for better sounding gear.

dg's picture

We all need advice on the optimal way of using what digital can do—way more!

dalton's picture

DACs and good audio cards. Computer audio is going to become a larger part of the market over time.

David H's picture

Being a techie, it can only get better. Why not be ahead of the curve?

ACF's picture

You've got the mix on this just right.

James W.'s picture

Digital-based music files are the standard now. Your magazine should cover more of these new products as they are getting more common.

Iain's picture

It is an interesting alternative.

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