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Stereophile  |  May 16, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  81 comments

Do you feel you have developed skills for placing speakers in a room, or do you plunk them down, shuffle them around, and hope for the best?

Do you have a specific method for optimizing speaker placement or do you guess and fiddle?
I've got it down to a science
13% (10 votes)
I've got a general approach
62% (48 votes)
I have a tip or two
9% (7 votes)
I just guess
13% (10 votes)
I don't care about speaker placement
3% (2 votes)
I only use headphones or my computer speakers
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 78
Jon Iverson  |  May 09, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  36 comments

We've got the new HRT Music Streamer Pro USB DAC in for review at <I>Stereophile</I>. We always try to find helpful tracks for putting a product through its paces during our listening sessions. What music selections would you like to see used for this review?

We've got the new HRT Music Streamer Pro USB DAC in for review at <I>Stereophile</I>. What music selections would you like to see used for this review?
Here's what I'd like to see used
85% (39 votes)
I have no idea
15% (7 votes)
Total votes: 46
Stereophile  |  May 02, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  37 comments

The major record labels were riding high, then hit a major speedbump due to the Internet, high pricing, and mediocre music. What's next? What do you think will happen to the major record labels?

What do you think will happen to the major record labels?
Here's what I think will happen
66% (33 votes)
I have no idea
34% (17 votes)
Total votes: 50
Steve Guttenberg  |  Apr 25, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Let's face it, keeping up with new music gets harder as we get older. If you're over 30, do you still buy new music?

If you're over 30, do you still buy new music?
Yes, there's lots of great new music out there
78% (66 votes)
Yes, for me Dire Straits is new music
6% (5 votes)
No, all new music is crap
9% (8 votes)
I'm happy to keep buying new reissues of old music
2% (2 votes)
I'm under 30
5% (4 votes)
Total votes: 85
Stereophile  |  Apr 18, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

The May <I>Stereophile</I> features reviews of horn speakers from JBL and Klipsch. What do you think of horn loudspeakers? Do you own them, have you tried them?

What do you think of horn loudspeakers? Do you own them, have you tried them?
Yes, I own some
46% (43 votes)
Like them, but don't have any
16% (15 votes)
Not quite sure how I feel about them
10% (9 votes)
I don't like them
14% (13 votes)
Never heard them
15% (14 votes)
Total votes: 94
Stereophile  |  Apr 11, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  314 comments

As we transition from one format to another, some components hang on as our main source of music. What is the source component you use most in your home system?

What is the source component you use most in your home system?
CD player
23% (25 votes)
Computer
20% (21 votes)
Media server
13% (14 votes)
DVD-Audio or SACD player
14% (15 votes)
Turntable
22% (24 votes)
Tuner
5% (5 votes)
Other
3% (3 votes)
Total votes: 107
Stereophile  |  Apr 04, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  32 comments

It could be a second mortgage or going without real food for weeks. What is the most extreme thing you've done in service to your audiophile habit?

What is the most extreme thing you've done in service to your audiophile habit?
Here it is
87% (34 votes)
I have no idea
13% (5 votes)
Total votes: 39
Stereophile  |  Mar 28, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  39 comments

Setting aside radio and streaming sources, when it comes to your collection&#151;LPs, CDs, computer, tapes&#151;do you have more music than you'll ever be able to listen to?

Do you have more music than you'll ever be able to listen to?
Yes, by a long shot
41% (33 votes)
Yes, a bit more
15% (12 votes)
Just the right amount
5% (4 votes)
No, I need more
40% (32 votes)
Total votes: 81
Stereophile  |  Mar 21, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  29 comments

Baja marimba player, violin or piano virtuoso, slack key guitarist, or turntablist? Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.

Name the one instrumentalist you most admire.
That would be
91% (29 votes)
Don't have one
9% (3 votes)
Total votes: 32
Stereophile  |  Mar 14, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  56 comments

Last week, we asked about your female favorite, so it's only natural that this week we give the men a shot. Opera star, singer/songwriter, jazz singer, death growl screamer—who is your favorite male vocalist?

Who is your favorite male vocalist?
Here he is
98% (58 votes)
Don't have one
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 59
Stereophile  |  Mar 07, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  60 comments

A female voice can be tough to properly record and reproduce, yet a great vocalist can transcend the technology. Opera star, singer/songwriter, jazz chanteuse, punk icon—who is your favorite female vocalist?

Who is your favorite female vocalist?
Here she is
87% (62 votes)
Don't have one
13% (9 votes)
Total votes: 71
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 28, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

The path to audio nirvana sometimes takes us in dark and difficult directions. We must fight terrible evils (such as room nodes) and stand strong against great adversities (such as <a href="http://blog.stereophile.com/stephenmejias/making_music_again/">static electricity</a>) to achieve sonic bliss. We have all encountered our fair share of audio demons. Describe your personal hi-fi hell, or tell us about your most treacherous hi-fi demon.

Describe your personal hi-fi hell, or tell us about your most treacherous hi-fi demon.
Here it is
86% (49 votes)
Don't have one
14% (8 votes)
Total votes: 57
Stereophile  |  Feb 21, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  103 comments

Though the recordings sell in <A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR201001... numbers</A>, the real thing continues to thrive. Do you attend classical music concerts?

Do you attend classical music concerts?
Yes and I'm under 30
14% (44 votes)
Yes and I'm over 30
62% (202 votes)
Very rarely
15% (49 votes)
Never
9% (30 votes)
Total votes: 325
Stereophile  |  Feb 14, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Clearly, many of you still cherish your cassette decks, but what about <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reel-to-reel_audio_tape_recording" target="new">open- reel</A>? Do you own, or have you ever owned and used a reel-to-reel or open-reel tape deck?

Do you own, or have you ever owned and used an open-reel tape deck?
Have one now that I use
27% (109 votes)
Have one now that I sometimes use
13% (53 votes)
Have one now that I never use
8% (30 votes)
Used to have one
32% (127 votes)
Never had one
20% (80 votes)
Total votes: 399
Stereophile  |  Feb 07, 2010  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  157 comments

In his <A HREF="http://blog.stereophile.com/stephenmejias/">blog</A>, Stephen Mejias reports on the resurgence in cassette-only releases and is now looking for a good deck. Do you still use a cassette deck?

Do you still use a cassette deck?
All the time
7% (24 votes)
Sometimes
23% (82 votes)
Rarely
29% (103 votes)
Don't even have one, but do have some tapes
16% (59 votes)
Don't have one and don't have any tapes
25% (91 votes)
Total votes: 359

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