The benefits of more choice or an audiophile disaster? It seems that Sony/Philips' SACD and DVD-Audio are on a collision course in their race for the title of the next high-end audio format. If they decide to duke it out, we'll get to compare the two formats ourselves, but is this good or bad for the audiophile?
Our question about <I>Stereophile</I>'s equipment reviews two weeks back generated hundreds of responses. Let's dig a little deeper: Other than equipment and music reviews, what do you find most useful or enjoyable in the magazine?
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A continuation of last week's question. Equipment reviews are <I>Stereophile</I>'s bread and butter. Do they strike a good balance between technical details and subjective impressions? Are the measurements, charts, and graphs useful to you?
Is it the reviews of hardware or music or both? Do you like to get technical or not? When you read about audio in magazines, no matter whose magazine it might be, what do you really like to see, and what would you like to see more of?
Many audiophiles have substantially improved the sound of their systems by experimenting with vibration control. How about you?
CD players started life as single boxes, but audiophiles soon broke them down into separate transports and D/A converters. Jitter-reduction devices were soon added, but now some manufacturers are going back to a single-box approach. Which do you prefer?
DVD players are backward-compatible with CDs, offering consumers the ability to replace their CD players with DVD decks. Some record companies have released DVD-Videos carrying 24/96 high-resolution audio to take advantage of the new format, and DVD-Audio should be just around the corner.
The technology exists to create high-end audio programming that could finally solve the problem audiophiles have had with FM radio for years. But would you be interested enough to buy the equipment and/or pay for the service?
The common wisdom of "bigger is better" doesn't always hold true in audio. High-end speaker systems, for example, have been getting bigger and smaller at the same time. Which trend do you favor?