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Stereophile Posted: Mar 21, 1999 74 comments

Last week's "Soapbox" stirred up a hornet's nest of comments. Kevin Wilkinson postulated that high-resolution technical developments like DVD-Audio and SACD might spell doom for the High End. On the other hand, they could contribute to its rebirth. What do <I>you</I> think?

Will high-resolution technical advancements finish high-end audio?
Yes, and soon . . .
5% (7 votes)
Yes, but in the long term . . .
7% (10 votes)
Possibly . . .
9% (13 votes)
No, but it will change for the worse . . .
3% (4 votes)
No, it will get better . . .
42% (60 votes)
It's more complicated than that . . .
34% (48 votes)
Total votes: 142
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 14, 1999 87 comments

The MP3 audio format has been garnering significant press coverage of late: record labels abhor the piracy problems, consumers love the ease of use and access, and audiophiles can't stand the compressed sound. Does any of this matter to you?

Do you download and listen to MP3 files? What do you think?
I use it and love it!
22% (45 votes)
I use it and hate it!
7% (14 votes)
I use it sometimes and don't really care
16% (33 votes)
I tried it once and did not try it again
9% (19 votes)
I've never tried it
23% (46 votes)
Not interested
23% (46 votes)
Total votes: 203
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Stereophile Posted: Mar 07, 1999 78 comments

All right, 'fess up. Have you ever bought pirated music? Sometimes it's the only way to get what you want.

Have you ever knowingly purchased "bootleg" or gray-market recordings?
Yes
21% (38 votes)
No
72% (130 votes)
I'm not sure . . .
4% (7 votes)
Let me explain . . .
3% (6 votes)
Total votes: 181
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 28, 1999 68 comments

Protecting copyrighted music has become a major issue in the digital age, but we wonder how it affects audiophiles.

How often do you make copies of music?
Once or more a day
3% (4 votes)
Once or more a week
14% (21 votes)
Once a month
13% (19 votes)
Rarely
41% (62 votes)
Never
29% (44 votes)
Total votes: 150
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 21, 1999 46 comments

We noted from last week's results that many of you do play instruments for fun and fortune. But several of you wondered why there were no categories for sound engineers, audio manufacturers, etc.

Do you have an audio- or music-related job (consumer or pro)?
Yes, I'm a recording engineer/producer/etc.
5% (7 votes)
Yes, audio equipment manufacturing, consumer
1% (2 votes)
Yes, audio equipment manufacturing, professional
3% (4 votes)
Yes, a record-company employee
1% (1 vote)
Yes, audio retailing, consumer
5% (7 votes)
Yes, audio retailing, professional
0% (0 votes)
Other (please explain)
16% (23 votes)
No, I'm a fan/consumer
69% (98 votes)
Total votes: 142
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 14, 1999 96 comments

Audio wisdom holds that musicians tend to neglect their stereo systems. But we're wondering how many of <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers play music themselves, both for fun and professionally.

Do you play any musical instruments?
Piano/Organ
11% (25 votes)
Guitar/bass guitar
30% (67 votes)
Drums/percussion
8% (18 votes)
Violin, cello, other strings
3% (6 votes)
Brass
4% (8 votes)
Woodwind/saxophone
4% (9 votes)
Voice
6% (14 votes)
Synthesizer
0% (0 votes)
Other (please specify)
6% (14 votes)
None
28% (62 votes)
Total votes: 223
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Stereophile Posted: Feb 07, 1999 165 comments

Most audiophiles' record collections include LPs <I>and</I> CDs, but one format invariably is played more than the other. In yours, which one is it, and by how much?

CD vs. LP: which one gets the most airtime in <I>your</I> listening room?
100% LP
3% (11 votes)
90% LP, 10% CD
9% (38 votes)
80% LP, 20% CD
7% (27 votes)
70% LP, 30% CD
6% (26 votes)
60% LP, 40% CD
4% (18 votes)
50% each
3% (12 votes)
40% LP, 60% CD
3% (13 votes)
30% LP, 70% CD
4% (16 votes)
20% LP, 80% CD
6% (25 votes)
10% LP, 90% CD
13% (54 votes)
100% CD
38% (156 votes)
other (explain)
3% (11 votes)
Total votes: 407
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Federico Cribiore Posted: Jan 31, 1999 109 comments

Some people think that an audio component, like a good wine, reveals its full bouquet only when enjoyed and evaluated at length. Others think they can immediately tell whether or not a component is to their liking. Reader Federico Cribiore wants to know: How long does it takes you?

How long does it take you to get an idea of a component's true musical character?
No time---I can tell instantly
4% (8 votes)
10 minutes/1 song
13% (27 votes)
1 hour/1 CD
16% (33 votes)
1 day
15% (32 votes)
1 week
22% (46 votes)
A lot longer than that . . .
29% (61 votes)
Total votes: 207
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 31, 1999 0 comments

The February issue sees the latest update of <I>Stereophile</I>'s "Records To Die For," in which the magazine's staff reveals what got them going in 1998. But what about <I>your</I> choice?

What was <I>your</I> 1998 Record 2 Die 4? (Just one, please!)
Here it is . . .
93% (115 votes)
Don't have one
7% (9 votes)
Total votes: 124
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Stereophile Posted: Jan 17, 1999 0 comments

Some form of high-resolution digital audio is right around the corner. Whether it's SACD, DVD-Audio, or both, will you be an early adopter, or will you wait until the dust settles?

Will you jump right in with the new high-resolution audio formats when they're finally released, or will you wait? In either case, why?
I'll jump right in
8% (23 votes)
I'll wait a month or so
3% (7 votes)
I'll wait 6 months
9% (26 votes)
I'll wait a year
30% (83 votes)
I'll wait for a couple of years
27% (75 votes)
I <I>have</I> a high-resolution format: LP
14% (38 votes)
I don't really care
9% (26 votes)
Total votes: 278

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