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Barry Willis Mar 22, 1998 0 comments
Low bass is probably the most difficult part of the audio spectrum for loudspeakers to reproduce accurately. Most speakers with "quick, tight bass" don't go very low. Conversely, most speakers that do go low sound muddy and undefined in the bottom octaves. A good subwoofer is the usual solution, but is deep bass really necessary for musical satisfaction?
Assuming your system sounds good otherwise, how important is accurate, powerful deep bass for satisfying musical performance?
Extremely important
45% (182 votes)
Somewhat important
25% (103 votes)
Moderately important
17% (69 votes)
Not important
6% (24 votes)
Important only with specific types of music (explain)
7% (29 votes)
Total votes: 407
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Stereophile Mar 15, 1998 81 comments
The world used to be a simple place, where a record would sell only if it was big on the radio. These days, folks get their information about music from all over the map. Where do you get yours?
How do you find out about the music you buy?
Radio
16% (29 votes)
Magazine reviews
40% (71 votes)
Word of mouth
12% (21 votes)
Record store
9% (16 votes)
Internet reviews/samples
6% (11 votes)
Live venues
2% (3 votes)
Other (please explain)
16% (28 votes)
Total votes: 179
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Barry Willis Mar 08, 1998 122 comments
Although standalone music systems will always be part of the audio hobby, it appears that computers are becoming increasingly important. Improvements in data transmission and storage are reported almost daily, and several services now offer downloads of music. When will a computer become part of your music system?
Do you plan to integrate a computer into your music system?
No! Never!
35% (90 votes)
Maybe someday.
45% (116 votes)
Soon.
8% (21 votes)
Did it recently.
4% (9 votes)
Have had one for years.
4% (9 votes)
Other? ( . . . )
4% (10 votes)
Total votes: 255
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Stereophile Mar 01, 1998 123 comments
Other people usually have experiences or insights that we lack, and their opinions can be extremely useful when we make our own decisions. This is especially true when it comes to forking over big bucks for new equipment. Below is a list of expert sources. When you are considering a purchase, which do you find most reliable?
Who or what do you trust the most for useful information about audio products?
Professional reviewers
18% (46 votes)
Internet newsgroups
2% (6 votes)
Audio journals
6% (14 votes)
Sales people
0% (1 vote)
Service Technicians
0% (1 vote)
Manufacturers' Web sites
0% (0 votes)
Friends
3% (7 votes)
Mail-order operators
0% (1 vote)
Advertising
0% (1 vote)
My ears
69% (172 votes)
Total votes: 249
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Stereophile Feb 23, 1998 0 comments
It is often said that an audiophile is someone who spends half his time feeling unhappy with his system and the other half tweaking it. Is your audio life heaven or hell? After choosing your answer, tell us why you feel that way.
Are you happy with your audio system?
Extremely happy
15% (49 votes)
Very happy
43% (139 votes)
Moderately happy
28% (91 votes)
Neutral
4% (14 votes)
A little disappointed
3% (9 votes)
Unhappy
4% (13 votes)
Don't even ask . . .
2% (8 votes)
Total votes: 323
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Stereophile Feb 15, 1998 71 comments
High-end audio has always supported a fringe element of manufacturers who make bizarre products backed up by loopy "research." Curious, strange, or just plain silly, these products, and the claims made for them, have given the audio hobby a sort of "Flat Earth Society" cult reputation.
What is the goofiest product or product category in high-end audio?
Ultra-expensive low-power amplifiers
7% (14 votes)
Ceremonial listening aids (small items that affect sound)
34% (67 votes)
Magic clocks with "programmed electrons"
17% (34 votes)
Cable "trees"
1% (2 votes)
Water-encased speaker cables
12% (24 votes)
Illuminated speaker cables
12% (23 votes)
Other (please explain)
16% (31 votes)
Total votes: 195
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Stereophile Feb 08, 1998 142 comments
Many audiophiles soften the financial shock of upgrading or expanding their systems by buying used equipment, which typically sells at 50% (or less) of the original retail price. Sometimes, used audio gems are still state-of-the-art, and brand new is not always better. Other times, new equipment is the only way keep up. What is your strategy?
What proportion of your overall audio purchasing is used or new equipment?
Always buy used
3% (9 votes)
Mostly used
19% (61 votes)
50/50 new vs. used
24% (76 votes)
Mostly new
35% (109 votes)
Always new
19% (60 votes)
Total votes: 315
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Dave Brown Feb 02, 1998 0 comments
Several years back, sales of multidisc CD changers overtook single-disc players in the lower end of the consumer market. New multidisc machines from California Audio Labs and others have pushed this trend toward the high end, but will they overtake tweak single-disc player sales?
Do you have, or have plans to buy, a multidisc transport/player?
Already have multidisc
13% (50 votes)
Single disc and happy
57% (210 votes)
Have both multi and single
20% (74 votes)
Single disc, ready to change
4% (14 votes)
Waiting for better high-end multidisc
6% (23 votes)
Total votes: 371
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Stereophile Jan 25, 1998 0 comments
Conventional wisdom has always held that a pair of speakers can make the biggest difference in how a system sounds. But these days other components may be equally or more important, depending on the situation.
What, in your opinion, has the greatest effect on a system's "sound"?
Speakers
38% (163 votes)
Amplifier/Preamp
6% (26 votes)
Source: CD player or turntable, etc.
9% (38 votes)
Cables and tweaks
1% (5 votes)
The room
18% (77 votes)
Listener's state of mind
6% (25 votes)
Equal amounts of everything
21% (90 votes)
Total votes: 424
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Stereophile Jan 20, 1998 162 comments
It's not easy being an audiophile. Once you finally get that perfect (or near-perfect) pair of speakers, you've got to find a good location for them in your room, along with your other furniture. Did you build your room around your stereo, or do you prefer your stereo to fit into your mixed-use room?
How do you have your audio system set up in your listening room?
I have a dedicated listening room
23% (82 votes)
I changed the layout of my room to favor the audio system
42% (151 votes)
It's a constant struggle between good sound and functional living
33% (118 votes)
An audio system is better heard and not seen
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 360
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