Should Stereophile review more or fewer computer audio products?

<I>Stereophile</I Staff's picture
As evidenced by the response to last week's vote, audiophiles are increasingly turning to their computers as a source of music. 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
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Fernando's picture

It is the industry's tendency, after all. But don't give up on the spinners. We love those spinners!

José A Pacheco's picture

A computer is the best way to create and file greater libraries of music. The tech world offers the best listening options.

RJW's picture

Using a computer as a source gives a great amount of flexibility. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never look back or go back!

Jeremiah Flores's picture

I think that you as a magazine should review anything that is relevant to high-fidelity audio. If that entails reviewing computer associated hardware or software, then it should be reviewed. It's all about the quality of sound in the end, isn't it?

Knut's picture

Keep reviewing anything new that appears promising. I would also appreciate seeing more reviews of Accuphase products. They appear to be underrepresented in the US.

Mervin Pearce's picture

It is the future, I have replaced a top-line transport with a Logitech Transporter as a starter. Computers acting as servers and trying the Asus Xonar that got such a good review from Stereophile.

Andrew's picture

As well as head-to-head reviews between some affordable universal disc players. Say from Oppo, Cambridge Audio, Sony, etc. Seems with the shift to computer based audio, folks will just be going with one disc player to feed the stereo and TV.

Paul Bergquist's picture

It's a good way to keep up with digital state-of-the-art systems and differences in equipment. Ultimately, it's the music that matters.

deckeda's picture

Commentary on how computer-based systems are used would help to explain how this ongoing transition does or doesn't succeed. Traditional systems have inherently understood interfaces, whereas computers do not, to say nothing of the various file formats and conversions inevitably necessary. JA's "iTunes, ALAC, Airtunes" is a no-brainer of simplicity, quality, and low-cost anyone primarily using CD-based content should at least try before making things more complicated than they need to. And using a laptop or iPhone/iPod Touch to remotely control it is magic. But stepping beyond to hi-rez (from any source) introduces new wrinkles and cost.

computophile's picture

Soundcard reviews would be helpful to some degree.

Willie's picture

The preferred audio system is 2 channel, but comuter audio remains under developmed--which overtime will develop just like most technolgies except the DCC and DAT from the 1990's

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