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Stereophile Posted: Aug 17, 1998 82 comments

Recent announcements indicate that DVD-Audio may soon emerge as a set of standards. Assuming that a DVD-Audio disc is not backward-compatible with CD players, but will play on the new DVD player (with DVD-Audio update) you just bought, how much would you spend for the special discs?

How much would you pay ($US) for a DVD-Audio-only disc?
Less than $10
11% (23 votes)
$10-12
15% (32 votes)
$12-15
25% (52 votes)
$15-18
27% (56 votes)
$18-22
15% (32 votes)
$22-25
4% (8 votes)
$25-30
2% (4 votes)
$30-35
0% (1 vote)
More than $35
0% (1 vote)
Total votes: 209
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 09, 1998 86 comments

We've all got to start somewhere, and audiophiles often begin with the guidance of someone close to them. Tell us who it was and how it happened.

Who (or what) got you started in high-performance audio?
Good old Mom
4% (6 votes)
Dear old Dad
15% (25 votes)
My Brother
4% (7 votes)
My Sister
0% (0 votes)
A friend
20% (34 votes)
Audio-store staffer
6% (10 votes)
The Media (print, radio, TV, Internet)
11% (18 votes)
Discovered it on my own
36% (61 votes)
Other . . .
6% (10 votes)
Total votes: 171
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J.R. "Bart" Bartholomy Posted: Jul 26, 1998 159 comments

It is often claimed that high-end audio is a rich person's pursuit, while others feel that prices are secondary to careful selection and the right attitude.

How little can you spend on a system and still get a glimpse of the High End? (In US dollars)
Less than $500
3% (10 votes)
Around $1000
10% (37 votes)
Around $1500
16% (57 votes)
Around $2000
13% (45 votes)
Around $2500
10% (36 votes)
Around $3000
17% (62 votes)
Around $4000
8% (27 votes)
Around $5000
17% (60 votes)
Around $10,000
4% (16 votes)
More than $10,000
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 359
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 19, 1998 97 comments

The rule of thumb has historically been to spend more on your speakers than on the rest of your equipment. But audiophiles have found that every part of a system requires attention. Where have you ended up?

How much of your budget went toward speakers?
More than 80%
1% (3 votes)
Around 70%
5% (13 votes)
Around 60%
6% (17 votes)
Around 50%
16% (44 votes)
Around 40%
18% (50 votes)
Around 30%
34% (96 votes)
20% or less
20% (56 votes)
Total votes: 279
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 12, 1998 43 comments

Here's the first joke to get you started:<P>Q. How many audiophiles does it takes to change a light bulb?<P>A. One, and 33-1/3 to explain the superiority of candles. (Thanks to Bryan Stanton)<P><I>OR</I><P>A. Three: one to do it and two to discuss how the old bulb was better with this particular socket and wiring system.<BR><P><I>OR</I> (from Kal Rubinson)<P>A. One, but he has to stand on TipToes to do it.<BR>

Use the comment form to tell us an audio joke.
Okay here's an audio joke . . .
36% (27 votes)
Sorry, no joke
20% (15 votes)
Get back to your normal questions!
26% (20 votes)
There is nothing funny about audiophiles.
18% (14 votes)
Total votes: 76
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Al Marcy Posted: Jul 05, 1998 0 comments

Audio systems can often be a synergistic challenge, with a delicate balance of every component in the chain. Reader Al Marcy submitted this question, which gets at the heart of the audiophile life.

Have you made a wrong assumption about a component in your system? Thought it was great or lame, then found out it wasn't when you changed a different component?
Never---I tend to be right the first time
18% (17 votes)
Once, but there were extenuating circumstances
18% (17 votes)
More than once
54% (51 votes)
Usually
6% (6 votes)
Every time---this hobby drives me crazy!
4% (4 votes)
Total votes: 95
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Dave Brown Posted: Jun 28, 1998 0 comments

Audio technology marches on, but reader Dave Brown wonders: Does it always increase your enjoyment of music without decreasing your bank account?

Do you get more or less for your audio dollar today than you did, say, 10 years ago?
Far more
33% (42 votes)
A bit more
31% (40 votes)
About the same
11% (14 votes)
A little less
11% (14 votes)
A lot less
13% (17 votes)
Total votes: 127
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 21, 1998 94 comments

Many audiophiles spend thousands on state-of-the-art audio equipment, but does it really put you in the room with the performers?

How close is recorded music getting to the real thing?
It's there already
3% (7 votes)
Almost there
17% (35 votes)
Gets close sometimes
53% (112 votes)
A ways to go
18% (37 votes)
Not even close
9% (20 votes)
Total votes: 211
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 15, 1998 0 comments

With the single-ended triode resurgence of recent years causing much debate about tubes vs. transistors, what has been your experience?

What type of amplifier technology do you prefer?
Solid-State
48% (93 votes)
Tube (non-single-ended triode)
23% (45 votes)
Tube (single-ended triode)
16% (30 votes)
Combination/hybrid
7% (13 votes)
Other (please explain)
6% (12 votes)
Total votes: 193
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 07, 1998 145 comments

With the proposed DVD-Audio format comes the opportunity for multiple channels of high-quality sound. But would you even consider adding more speakers to your two-channel system?

Do you want surround-sound in your audio system?
I want it now!
12% (35 votes)
Sounds like a good idea
14% (40 votes)
I'll wait and see
30% (89 votes)
Not so interested
28% (84 votes)
Never!
16% (47 votes)
Total votes: 295

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