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Wes Phillips  |  Sep 05, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  136 comments

Money can't always buy love, but it is often thought it can buy audio happiness. Or can it? What is the least amount you have spent on an audio component that produced music that made you happy?

What is the least amount you have spent on an audio component that produced music that made you happy?
Here it is
72% (140 votes)
I have no idea
28% (55 votes)
Total votes: 195
Stereophile  |  Aug 29, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments
Clearly, many of you would like to see us review more computer audio products. Which computer audio and media server products should Stereophile review, that we haven't reviewed already?
Which computer audio and media server products should <i>Stereophile</I> review, that we haven't reviewed already?
You should review
59% (111 votes)
I have no idea
35% (65 votes)
Don't review any
6% (11 votes)
Total votes: 187
Stereophile  |  Aug 22, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  161 comments

As evidenced by the response to last week's vote, audiophiles are increasingly turning to their computers as a source of music. Should <I>Stereophile</I> review more or fewer computer audio products?

Should <I>Stereophile</I> review more or fewer computer audio products?
Way more!
58% (377 votes)
A bit more
29% (190 votes)
Keep it the same
5% (32 votes)
A little less
3% (19 votes)
A lot less
6% (37 votes)
Total votes: 655
Stereophile  |  Aug 15, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments
Whether or not they have a vinyl or CD collection, many audiophiles use a computer or dedicated music server to play music. If you use a computer/server, what software do you use on your computer for music playback (iTunes, Songbird, Foobar etc.)?
If you use a computer/server, what software do you use on your computer for music playback (iTunes, Songbird, Foobar, etc)?
Here's what I use
73% (206 votes)
I don't use a computer for music
27% (77 votes)
Total votes: 283
Stereophile  |  Aug 08, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  49 comments

CD sales are down, online sales and streaming services are inching forward, and most record labels are in a world of hurt. What do record labels need to do to survive and thrive?

What do record labels need to do to survive and thrive?
Here's what they should do
34% (42 votes)
They're simply doomed
62% (78 votes)
I have no idea
4% (5 votes)
Total votes: 125
Stereophile  |  Aug 01, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  91 comments

It was speaker technology last week, this week we go after amplifiers. What is your favorite amplifier technology and why?

What is your favorite amplifier technology and why?
Tubes
24% (62 votes)
Solid-state
62% (164 votes)
Tube/solid-state hybrid
8% (20 votes)
Other
6% (17 votes)
Total votes: 263
Stereophile  |  Jul 26, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  30 comments

Recent reviews in <I>Stereophile</I> have highlighted a wide variety of loudspeaker design approaches. What is your favorite speaker technology and why?

What is your favorite speaker technology and why?
Cone drivers
39% (36 votes)
Electrostatic drivers
34% (31 votes)
Horn drivers
4% (4 votes)
Other
13% (12 votes)
A mix of drivers
10% (9 votes)
Total votes: 92
Wayne Lowry  |  Jul 18, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  20 comments

Reader Wayne Lowry notes that most of the high-end systems he hears sound overly bright: "the louder I play them, the more they hurt my ears." Do you think most high-end audio equipment is too bright-sounding?

Do you think most high-end audio equipment is too bright-sounding?
Brighter than the sun
4% (3 votes)
Generally too bright
20% (14 votes)
Often too bright
46% (32 votes)
Mostly just about right
21% (15 votes)
Not bright enough
4% (3 votes)
Most is downright dull
4% (3 votes)
Total votes: 70
Lisa T. Marv  |  Jul 11, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  35 comments

Reader Lisa T. Marv notices that there are very few women audiophiles among her friends or the companies she buys from. She wants to know: Why aren't there more women in high-end audio?

Why aren't there more women in high-end audio?
I think it is because
65% (36 votes)
I have no idea
31% (17 votes)
But there are plenty of women
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 55
Stereophile Staff  |  Jul 11, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  26 comments

Extremes of cost and performance continue to impress. But plenty of high-performance products can be had for very little money as well. With all of this, is high-end audio moving in the right direction?

Is high-end audio moving in the right direction?
Yes
37% (24 votes)
No
51% (33 votes)
Maybe
12% (8 votes)
Total votes: 65
Stereophile  |  Jul 05, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  28 comments

A perpetual problem for audiophiles has been finding that disc that not only satisfies the soul, but also placates the analytic brain as well. Of course your collection is filled with great music, but how much of it actually sounds <I>great</I>?

How much of your music collection is well recorded? <P> Extra credit: Introduce us to your favorite 10/10 disc—and be sure to mention its format.
All of it!
5% (5 votes)
Most of it
15% (14 votes)
Some of it
54% (50 votes)
Not very much of it
23% (21 votes)
None of it!
2% (2 votes)
Total votes: 92
Stereophile  |  Jun 20, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  27 comments

Audiophiles often find themselves the go-to person for audio advice and shopping assistance. Have you ever helped someone buy their first audio system? How did it go?

Have you ever helped someone buy their first audio system? How did it go?
Yes
72% (49 votes)
Yes, but they ignored my advice
13% (9 votes)
Almost
6% (4 votes)
Never
9% (6 votes)
Total votes: 68
Stereophile  |  Jun 13, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  27 comments

The vast majority of audiophile equipment is well-built, but accidents do happen. Have you ever had anything smoke or catch on fire?

Have you ever had anything smoke or catch on fire?
Smoke
44% (27 votes)
Fire
11% (7 votes)
Nothing
45% (28 votes)
Total votes: 62
Stereophile  |  Jun 06, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  10 comments

Many loudspeakers come with five-way binding posts, allowing a choice of connectors. Others are specific to one type of connector. How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?

How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?
Bare wire
26% (29 votes)
Spade lugs
24% (26 votes)
Banana plugs
48% (53 votes)
Pin-type connectors
1% (1 vote)
Speakon connectors
0% (0 votes)
Other
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 110
Sam Tellig  |  May 30, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

High-end audio is an international pursuit, with components and products sourced from all over the world. Setting aside the manufacturers' headquarters addresses, how many of the products in your system are actually manufactured outside of your home country?

Setting aside the manufacturers' home addresses, how many of the products in your system are actually manufactured outside of your home country?
5 or more
43% (34 votes)
4
24% (19 votes)
3
9% (7 votes)
2
19% (15 votes)
1
5% (4 votes)
None
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 80

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