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Patrick Tracy Posted: May 30, 1999 85 comments

Reader Patrick Tracy claims that he's addicted to buying music: "As in the studies of lab mice and cocaine, I will repeatedly choose music over most any other pursuit. Like a longtime drug addict, I now need larger and larger doses of new music to achieve the rush that a single recording might give a normal person."<P>How about you?

Is buying more and more new music a compulsion for you?
Yes, I'm out of control!
12% (21 votes)
I barely keep myself in check
44% (79 votes)
Not a problem yet
19% (33 votes)
I've been treated and have fully recovered
10% (18 votes)
Never was a problem
15% (27 votes)
Total votes: 178
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Stereophile Posted: May 23, 1999 135 comments

Sony and Philips claim that a big advantage to SACD is that the high-resolution SACD discs can be back-compatible with regular CD players. DVD-Audio proponents say that DVD-Audio discs can be made back-compatible with CD players as well if consumers want it. Do you want it?

Is back-compatibility with CD players important to you with any new high-resolution audio format?
Extremely important
53% (168 votes)
20% (63 votes)
Slightly important
7% (22 votes)
Not important at all
13% (42 votes)
Depends if it adds to price of discs
8% (24 votes)
Total votes: 319
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GeoSynch Posted: May 16, 1999 129 comments

One of the hang-ups preventing DVD-Audio from moving forward is the fear that high-quality digital signals make piracy too easy. As a result, the format will likely incorporate various copy-protection schemes---possibly including watermarking. Does this matter to you?

Would DVD-Audio copy-protection schemes alter your view of the format?
Not one bit
31% (70 votes)
Bothers me a little
25% (57 votes)
Bothers me a lot
29% (67 votes)
Ruins it for me
15% (34 votes)
Total votes: 228
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Louis McFarlane Posted: May 09, 1999 117 comments

Reader Louis McFarlane asks a question that may touch a nerve or two among audiophiles.

Who else is allowed to use/control your audio system?
30% (69 votes)
6% (13 votes)
4% (9 votes)
Other hi-fi persons
6% (13 votes)
25% (58 votes)
Nobody else
29% (66 votes)
Total votes: 228
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Stereophile Posted: May 02, 1999 62 comments

Now that we know a little about what you sit in while listening, how about the room you listen in?

Describe the floor in your listening room.
Padded carpet on concrete
34% (67 votes)
Padded carpet on suspended wood floor
27% (52 votes)
Wood floor on concrete
6% (11 votes)
Wood floor, suspended
8% (16 votes)
Area rug on wood
14% (28 votes)
Area rug on concrete
4% (7 votes)
Other . . .
8% (15 votes)
Total votes: 196
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Doug Cline Posted: Apr 25, 1999 138 comments

Reader Doug Cline just bought a new La-Z-Boy and likes the way it feels, but wonders about its effect on the sound. What do you prefer for listening?

What do you sit in when listening to your system?
An overstuffed chair
7% (20 votes)
A normally stuffed chair
17% (51 votes)
A La-Z-Boy
12% (34 votes)
An unstuffed chair
6% (17 votes)
A couch
37% (109 votes)
A bench
0% (0 votes)
A rocking chair
2% (6 votes)
Other . . .
14% (42 votes)
Chairs are for wimps---I stand!
3% (8 votes)
I sit on the floor
2% (6 votes)
I lie on the floor
0% (1 vote)
Total votes: 294
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 18, 1999 216 comments

An audio system is not a system unless you hook it all together. How do you do it?

What types of interconnects and speaker cables do you use in your system?
Here it is . . .
98% (221 votes)
Don't like what I have, but I do like . . .
2% (4 votes)
Total votes: 225
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

Next, we move up the chain to the front-end---where the music starts.

What is your favorite source component, analog or digital, and why do you like it?
Here it is . . .
95% (128 votes)
Don't like what I have, but I do like . . .
5% (7 votes)
Total votes: 135
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 04, 1999 305 comments

We got a record number of responses last week when we asked readers to share their loudspeaker preferences. Now tell us what <I>drives</I> those speakers.

What amplifier(s) are you using?
And the answer is . . .
96% (298 votes)
Don't like what I have, but do like . . .
4% (11 votes)
Total votes: 309
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 28, 1999 478 comments

We get requests all the time from readers who want to know what audio components others have purchased. What we're looking for is a description of what loudspeaker products you own and why you like them. Here goes . . .

What speakers do you listen to at home?
Here it is . . .
99% (480 votes)
Don't like what I have, but do like . . .
1% (6 votes)
I don't listen at home!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 486