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Wes Phillips  |  Sep 25, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  60 comments

It appears that a lot of respondents to last week's Vote! must not listen actively

Please explain what the phrase "listening to music" means to you.
It means . . .
97% (59 votes)
It doesn't mean anything
3% (2 votes)
Total votes: 61
Stereophile  |  Sep 18, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  86 comments

We all have different thresholds for listener fatigue

How long (on average) can you listen to an audio system in one sitting before you get listener fatigue?
10 minutes
3% (5 votes)
20 minutes
1% (2 votes)
30 minutes
5% (9 votes)
45 minutes
6% (11 votes)
1 hour
5% (9 votes)
1.5 hours
7% (13 votes)
2 hours
15% (29 votes)
3 hours
16% (30 votes)
4 hours
9% (18 votes)
I <I>never</I> get fatigued
34% (66 votes)
Total votes: 192
Stereophile  |  Sep 12, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  55 comments

<I>Stereophile</I>'s Jon Iverson maintains that blind audio tests can only provide judgment on the listening acuity of those taking the test; not the relative merits of the equipment used in the process. But the subject is still a hot topic in our forums. What do you think?

Do blind audio tests settle any arguments about audio equipment? Or are they just a way to find out who has the best listening abilities?
They determine useful differences between components
27% (35 votes)
They determine who is the best listener
17% (22 votes)
They're good for both
21% (28 votes)
I have no idea
8% (11 votes)
I could care less
27% (35 votes)
Total votes: 131
Lenny Cactus  |  Sep 04, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  87 comments

Krell, MartinLogan, Class

What is your favorite obscure audio product?
Here it is
83% (85 votes)
Don't have one
17% (18 votes)
Total votes: 103
Stereophile  |  Aug 28, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  60 comments

It's not unheard of for a product to get a glowing review in <I>Stereophile</I>, but then measure poorly on the test bench. What ultimately guides you when choosing a product to audition or purchase?

What ultimately guides you when choosing a product to audition or purchase?
Measurements only
1% (1 vote)
Mostly measurements
6% (9 votes)
Equal parts of both
22% (30 votes)
Mostly sound
48% (67 votes)
Sound only
23% (32 votes)
Total votes: 139
Stereophile  |  Aug 21, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

A little bit of advice can go along way when you are starting out. If you were to impart some words of audiophile wisdom to an audio newbie, what would they be?

If you were to impart some words of audiophile wisdom to an audio newbie, what would they be?
Here they are
99% (90 votes)
I've got nothing to say
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 91
Stereophile  |  Aug 14, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Let's suppose that every audiophile is granted one birthday gift wish this year. If your birthday was this week, what audiophile gift would be at the top of your list?

If your birthday was this week, what audiophile gift would be at the top of your list?
I would want
95% (71 votes)
Don't want anything!
5% (4 votes)
Total votes: 75
Brian Huempfner  |  Aug 07, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Reader Brian Huempfner wants to know if any <I>Stereophile</I> readers have converted their analog recordings to digital, and, if so, what software they used to transfer and clean up the recordings?

Have you converted your analog recordings to digital, and, if so, did you use any software to clean up the recordings? What worked best?
Yes, I ripped them to CD
17% (18 votes)
Yes, I ripped them to my computer
13% (13 votes)
Yes, I ripped them to . . .
1% (1 vote)
No
69% (72 votes)
Total votes: 104
Mark Gdovin  |  Jul 31, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  73 comments

Two recent Soapboxes suggested that classical music is dying. Some correspondents argued that it is stronger than ever. What percentage of your music collection and/or listening time is given over to classical music?

What percentage of your music collection and/or listening time is given over to classical music?
100%: That's all I listen to.
10% (16 votes)
75%: That's what I prefer but I still listen to other genres.
21% (35 votes)
50%: Gotta have it, but I spend a lot of time elsewhere.
21% (35 votes)
25%: The place to start, but not where I end up most of the time.
27% (45 votes)
0%: Isn't it dead yet?
21% (34 votes)
Total votes: 165
Stereophile  |  Jul 24, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  63 comments

With high-end audio dealers becoming scarcer and with more Internet dealers popping up every week, are you finding that you make more of your audio equipment purchases online?

Are you making more of your audio equipment purchases online? Please explain why or why not.
Yes
57% (52 votes)
No
43% (39 votes)
Total votes: 91
Stereophile  |  Jul 17, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  77 comments

Exploring the details about the reproduction of music in the home is what we're all about. Periodically, however, it's a good idea to get back to basics, which leads us to this week's question: Why are you an audiophile?

Why are you an audiophile?
I'm an audiophile because
76% (68 votes)
I'm not sure
13% (12 votes)
I'm not an audiophile
11% (10 votes)
Total votes: 90
Stereophile  |  Jul 10, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  68 comments

In last week's "Soapbox," reader Mark Gdovin discussed a great bargain CD player he had found. What's the best bargain component you've discovered?

What's the best bargain component you've discovered?
Here it is
88% (64 votes)
Haven't found one
12% (9 votes)
Total votes: 73
Stereophile  |  Jul 03, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  47 comments

Some like to think that ads corrupt an audio magazine, while others trust the editor and find ads a great source of information on new products and dealers. Do you find ads in audio magazines useful?

Do you find the ads in audio magazines useful?
Yes, quite useful
22% (26 votes)
Yes, somewhat useful
41% (48 votes)
Only slightly useful
24% (28 votes)
Not useful
12% (14 votes)
Hate them
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 117
Stereophile  |  Jun 26, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  70 comments

Last week we touched on the importance of reliability in an audio product. What have been your real-world experiences? How reliable have your audio purchases been?

How reliable has your audio equipment been?
Perfect so far
22% (32 votes)
Almost perfectly reliable
36% (52 votes)
Pretty reliable
31% (44 votes)
Somewhat reliable
6% (8 votes)
Not so reliable
3% (5 votes)
Mostly unreliable
1% (1 vote)
Completely unreliable
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 143
Stereophile  |  Jun 19, 2005  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  42 comments

In his Soapbox this week, Wes Phillips talks about reliability <I>vs</I> the cool factor in choosing or recommending a product. What qualities get you most excited about an audio product?

What property get you most excited about an audio product?
Cool factor
6% (5 votes)
Reliability
59% (51 votes)
Equal amounts of both
35% (30 votes)
Total votes: 86

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