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Stereophile Posted: Aug 01, 2010 91 comments

It was speaker technology last week, this week we go after amplifiers. What is your favorite amplifier technology and why?

What is your favorite amplifier technology and why?
Tubes
24% (62 votes)
Solid-state
62% (164 votes)
Tube/solid-state hybrid
8% (20 votes)
Other
6% (17 votes)
Total votes: 263
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 26, 2010 30 comments

Recent reviews in <I>Stereophile</I> have highlighted a wide variety of loudspeaker design approaches. What is your favorite speaker technology and why?

What is your favorite speaker technology and why?
Cone drivers
39% (36 votes)
Electrostatic drivers
34% (31 votes)
Horn drivers
4% (4 votes)
Other
13% (12 votes)
A mix of drivers
10% (9 votes)
Total votes: 92
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Wayne Lowry Posted: Jul 18, 2010 20 comments

Reader Wayne Lowry notes that most of the high-end systems he hears sound overly bright: "the louder I play them, the more they hurt my ears." Do you think most high-end audio equipment is too bright-sounding?

Do you think most high-end audio equipment is too bright-sounding?
Brighter than the sun
4% (3 votes)
Generally too bright
20% (14 votes)
Often too bright
46% (32 votes)
Mostly just about right
21% (15 votes)
Not bright enough
4% (3 votes)
Most is downright dull
4% (3 votes)
Total votes: 70
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Lisa T. Marv Posted: Jul 11, 2010 35 comments

Reader Lisa T. Marv notices that there are very few women audiophiles among her friends or the companies she buys from. She wants to know: Why aren't there more women in high-end audio?

Why aren't there more women in high-end audio?
I think it is because
65% (36 votes)
I have no idea
31% (17 votes)
But there are plenty of women
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 55
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2010 26 comments

Extremes of cost and performance continue to impress. But plenty of high-performance products can be had for very little money as well. With all of this, is high-end audio moving in the right direction?

Is high-end audio moving in the right direction?
Yes
37% (24 votes)
No
51% (33 votes)
Maybe
12% (8 votes)
Total votes: 65
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 05, 2010 28 comments

A perpetual problem for audiophiles has been finding that disc that not only satisfies the soul, but also placates the analytic brain as well. Of course your collection is filled with great music, but how much of it actually sounds <I>great</I>?

How much of your music collection is well recorded? <P> Extra credit: Introduce us to your favorite 10/10 disc—and be sure to mention its format.
All of it!
5% (5 votes)
Most of it
15% (14 votes)
Some of it
54% (50 votes)
Not very much of it
23% (21 votes)
None of it!
2% (2 votes)
Total votes: 92
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 20, 2010 27 comments

Audiophiles often find themselves the go-to person for audio advice and shopping assistance. Have you ever helped someone buy their first audio system? How did it go?

Have you ever helped someone buy their first audio system? How did it go?
Yes
72% (49 votes)
Yes, but they ignored my advice
13% (9 votes)
Almost
6% (4 votes)
Never
9% (6 votes)
Total votes: 68
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 13, 2010 27 comments

The vast majority of audiophile equipment is well-built, but accidents do happen. Have you ever had anything smoke or catch on fire?

Have you ever had anything smoke or catch on fire?
Smoke
44% (27 votes)
Fire
11% (7 votes)
Nothing
45% (28 votes)
Total votes: 62
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 06, 2010 10 comments

Many loudspeakers come with five-way binding posts, allowing a choice of connectors. Others are specific to one type of connector. How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?

How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?
Bare wire
26% (29 votes)
Spade lugs
24% (26 votes)
Banana plugs
48% (53 votes)
Pin-type connectors
1% (1 vote)
Speakon connectors
0% (0 votes)
Other
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 110
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Sam Tellig Posted: May 30, 2010 0 comments

High-end audio is an international pursuit, with components and products sourced from all over the world. Setting aside the manufacturers' headquarters addresses, how many of the products in your system are actually manufactured outside of your home country?

Setting aside the manufacturers' home addresses, how many of the products in your system are actually manufactured outside of your home country?
5 or more
43% (34 votes)
4
24% (19 votes)
3
9% (7 votes)
2
19% (15 votes)
1
5% (4 votes)
None
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 80

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