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Stereophile Posted: May 31, 2009 0 comments

Sure, there is a ton of information about new music available online, but sometimes holding it in your hand is better still. Do you subscribe to any music magazines? If so, what do you subscribe to, and if not, why not?

Do you subscribe to any music magazines? If so, what do you subscribe to, and if not, why not?
Yes
48% (48 votes)
No
52% (52 votes)
Total votes: 100
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Ron Satterly Posted: May 24, 2009 69 comments

Reader Ron Satterly wonders whether other audiophiles consider component break-in necessary before critical listening. How long should a component be broken-in before it reaches peak performance?

How long should a component be broken-in before it reaches peak performance?
No break in is needed
16% (35 votes)
Just a brief period
14% (32 votes)
At least a week
22% (48 votes)
Several weeks
25% (56 votes)
Months
11% (25 votes)
Other
12% (27 votes)
Total votes: 223
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Stereophile Posted: May 18, 2009 56 comments

Are audiophiles born or are they created? Are "Golden Ears" an innate talent (nature) or can you train yourself (nurture) to be a critical listener?

Are "Golden Ears" an innate talent or can you train yourself to be a critical listener?
Mostly nature
10% (16 votes)
Mostly nurture
46% (77 votes)
Equal parts nature & nurture
44% (74 votes)
Total votes: 167
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Stereophile Posted: May 10, 2009 130 comments

Some of us strive to reproduce a recording faithfully, while others look simply to create a pleasing sound, no matter what the source. Regardless of how you define perfection, can an audio system ever be perfect?

Can an audio system ever be perfect?
Yes
24% (61 votes)
No
76% (190 votes)
Total votes: 251
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Stereophile Posted: May 04, 2009 145 comments

Nothing in audio is ever perfect—or is it? If you have a weak link in your audio system, what is it and why?

What is the weakest link in your audio system and why?
Source component
13% (48 votes)
Preamp
4% (16 votes)
Power amp
2% (7 votes)
Integrated amp
2% (7 votes)
Receiver
2% (8 votes)
Speakers
20% (74 votes)
Room
38% (140 votes)
Cables
3% (11 votes)
Other
14% (52 votes)
It's all perfect
2% (6 votes)
Total votes: 369
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Stereophile Posted: Apr 26, 2009 88 comments

Audiophiles often prefer to listen for themselves before committing to a purchase. But brick-and-mortar retailers are succumbing right and left, partly a result of the economy and partly owing to the trend to online sales. What is the future of high-end audio retailing?

What is the future of high-end audio retailing?
Here is what I think will happen
66% (76 votes)
I have no clue
23% (27 votes)
I don't care
11% (13 votes)
Total votes: 116
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Stereophile Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Plenty of you clearly love vinyl, some favor digital discs, and others prefer using a NAS drive. But what, in terms of time used, is the most important source component in your system?

What is the source component you use most in your home system?
LP turntable
30% (125 votes)
Disc Player
36% (150 votes)
Music Server (Sonos, Sooloos, Squeezeobox, etc)
10% (41 votes)
Computer w/sound card or DAC
17% (68 votes)
Portable (iPod, <I>etc</I>)
3% (13 votes)
Table radio
1% (3 votes)
Other
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 412
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Ethan Winer Posted: Apr 12, 2009 71 comments

In our <A HREF="http://forum.stereophile.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=64883">foru..., reader Ethan Winer brings up the concept of "listening blind when assessing audio quality." Do you perform blind listening tests when evaluating audio equipment?

Do you perform blind listening tests when evaluating audio equipment?
Yes always
10% (16 votes)
Yes, as often as possible
23% (38 votes)
Yes, sometimes
22% (36 votes)
Rarely
15% (25 votes)
No, never at all
30% (49 votes)
Total votes: 164
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Brian Huempfner Posted: Apr 06, 2009 0 comments

Do you think going from physical recordings with liner notes and cover-art to metadata on a PC's hard drive, we've lost the desire to immerse ourselves in the music that goes with it? Do you think that the demise of the physical medium, bringing us music, correlates with the demise of serious listening?

Do you think that the demise of the physical medium, bringing us music, correlates with the demise of serious listening?
Yes, all hope is lost
13% (36 votes)
Yes, it seems to signal a shift
34% (96 votes)
Not sure
14% (41 votes)
No, there is no correlation
39% (111 votes)
Total votes: 284
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Paul Basinski Posted: Mar 29, 2009 0 comments

In your opinion, who has been the most influential person in the history of high-end audio? Was it an engineer or inventor? An audio retailer? How about a reviewer or public relations person?

In your opinion, who has been the most influential person in the history of high end audio?
That person would be
90% (137 votes)
Can't think of one
10% (15 votes)
Total votes: 152

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