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Stereophile Posted: Jul 21, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 165 comments

Some folks have to hear the sound of the plastic wrap snapping off every time they get a new disc, while others just want to save some dough. Do used CDs find their way into your collection?

Do you buy used CDs?
All of the time
12% (46 votes)
Most of the time
16% (63 votes)
Some of the time
44% (175 votes)
16% (62 votes)
12% (49 votes)
Total votes: 395
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 14, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 126 comments

In response to last week's question about name brands, many of you mentioned customer service as very important. Do you have an example of outstanding customer service from an audio company?

Have you ever received great customer service from an audio company? Who was it?
80% (123 votes)
1% (1 vote)
Not yet
19% (29 votes)
Total votes: 153
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 07, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 101 comments

In the last poll, many of you named companies you felt could be depended upon to deliver the goods. How important is a product's brandname when you decide what to purchase?

Does the brandname of a product influence your audio purchase? How?
Extremely influential
13% (39 votes)
Very influential
37% (107 votes)
35% (101 votes)
Not too influential
12% (34 votes)
Not influential at all
3% (8 votes)
Total votes: 289
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Pete Montgomery Posted: Jun 30, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

We all know that how a product <I>sounds</I> is the ultimate audiophile criterion. But reader Pete Montgomery wonders how important build-quality and appearance are as well.

How important to you are build-quality and appearance, relative to sound quality?
They are more important than sound
2% (8 votes)
They are of equal importance to sound
35% (125 votes)
Slightly less important
25% (89 votes)
Moderately less important
19% (68 votes)
Much less important
14% (51 votes)
Build and appearance don't matter at all
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 353
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 23, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 136 comments

We were surprised at the results from last week's vote to see that so many readers have separate two-channel systems. So we're curious: where have you set up <I>your</I> main music system?

Where is your primary music system?
Living/Great room
53% (231 votes)
Family room/Den
14% (63 votes)
7% (32 votes)
Custom-built room
5% (24 votes)
Main bedroom
7% (29 votes)
Spare/Guest bedroom
7% (31 votes)
2% (8 votes)
Kitchen (!!)
0% (0 votes)
0% (1 vote)
Dorm room
0% (2 votes)
My car
0% (2 votes)
3% (15 votes)
Total votes: 438
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 16, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 159 comments

The times they are a changing, and many audiophiles have added video to their audio system. Others have kept their two-channel systems intact by creating separate home-theater systems. How about you?

Do you have separate two-channel and home-theater systems?
Yes, I have a two-channel and a home theater system
39% (185 votes)
Kind of: I have a system for two-channel and another for everything else
8% (36 votes)
My two-channel system is all I use for music and home theater
19% (92 votes)
I listen to everything on my multichannel system
12% (56 votes)
I don't have a home theater system
17% (82 votes)
I only have a multichannel audio system
2% (8 votes)
3% (15 votes)
Total votes: 474
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 09, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 298 comments

Here's a question we last asked about a year ago: With the proliferation of high-resolution sound cards and other computer audio peripherals over the last couple of years, have you begun using your computer to play music?

Do you ever listen to music on your computer?
Yes, quite often
38% (127 votes)
Yes, once in a while
24% (81 votes)
No, but I plan to start
3% (9 votes)
No, I'm not interested
24% (81 votes)
No, I hate the idea
12% (40 votes)
Total votes: 338
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 02, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 123 comments

As we wrap up the Home Entertainment Show for another year, it seems appropriate to ask if you have attended HE2002 or any other audio or audio/video show.

Have you ever been to an audio (or audio/video) show?
Yes, many times
17% (47 votes)
Yes, a couple of times
20% (55 votes)
Yes, once
17% (47 votes)
47% (130 votes)
Total votes: 279
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Stereophile Posted: May 26, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 240 comments

The record labels are becoming more brazen each passing week with new ways to restrict consumer use of purchased CDs. Does this inhibit your purchase of new music?

Would you knowingly buy a restricted-use (copy-protected) CD?
I'll never buy a restricted CD
82% (489 votes)
I might buy a restricted CD
12% (73 votes)
I don't care if it's restricted-use or not
6% (37 votes)
Total votes: 599
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Stereophile Posted: May 19, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 95 comments

It's been argued that audio's "golden age" occured in the late 1950s, just as stereo LPs were introduced. Others say audio <I>truly</I> came of age in the '70s as high-end audio took off. Others don't remember the past so fondly. When did audio culture hit its peak?

Has there been a golden age of audio? When and why?
The '40s
0% (1 vote)
The '50s
13% (27 votes)
The '60s
13% (26 votes)
The '70s
21% (42 votes)
The '80s
8% (17 votes)
The '90's
7% (14 votes)
17% (34 votes)
The future
20% (41 votes)
Total votes: 202
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Stereophile Posted: May 12, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 87 comments

The results of last week's "Vote" indicate that audiophiles do indeed read manuals

What is the best equipment manual you've ever read?
Here it is
71% (76 votes)
Never read a good one
21% (23 votes)
Like I told you, I don't read manuals
7% (8 votes)
Total votes: 107
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John Pluta Posted: May 05, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 137 comments

Reader John Pluta says it took him three years to finally read his preamp's manual, and he wishes he had gone through it sooner. Do you go through your manuals right away or not?

Do you read your owner's manual when you get some new equipment?
57% (206 votes)
Most of the time
21% (75 votes)
8% (30 votes)
8% (29 votes)
Don't need no stinkin' manual
5% (19 votes)
Total votes: 359
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Robert Baum Posted: Apr 28, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 206 comments

Reader Robert Baum writes that he bought a new KA-7002 Kenwood amp in 1973, and though he's upgraded several times since then, "it's been living under our bed (yes, it's still alive!) for at least a dozen years.

Are you still holding on to any ancient audio gear simply for nostalgiac reasons?
Yes, it's a . . .
80% (216 votes)
Nothing lurking anywhere
20% (54 votes)
Total votes: 270
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]-[arry Posted: Apr 21, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 108 comments

A great audio system is nice, but there's nothing like the real thing to remind us of why we love music. One of our readers, sporting the moniker "]-[arry", comments, "I'd be very interested in learning how many readers actually attend classical or jazz concerts on a regular basis. I suspect the results may be shocking."

How often do you listen to live jazz or classical music?
Almost every day
8% (26 votes)
Once a week
11% (35 votes)
Once a month
30% (92 votes)
Once every 6 months
21% (64 votes)
Hardly ever
13% (41 votes)
6% (19 votes)
I <I>am</I> live music!
5% (15 votes)
Don't like classical or jazz
6% (17 votes)
Total votes: 309
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Gerald Neily Posted: Apr 14, 2002 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Reader Gerald Neily wants to get very specific about your audiophile priorities. What do you focus on the most when evaluating and/or tweaking an audio system?

Do you have an obsession with a particular aspect of
3% (8 votes)
10% (27 votes)
6% (15 votes)
10% (28 votes)
21% (55 votes)
8% (21 votes)
14% (38 votes)
3% (8 votes)
2% (6 votes)
16% (43 votes)
Nothing in particular
7% (19 votes)
Total votes: 268