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Stereophile Posted: Sep 05, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 95 comments

Last week's Soapbox inspired this week's question: Which do you prefer

What is your favorite type of CD packaging? Why?
Plastic jewel boxes
60% (126 votes)
Cardboard sleeves (like DigiPaks)
18% (37 votes)
Other formats (explain)
7% (15 votes)
I don't really care
6% (12 votes)
Hate them all
10% (20 votes)
Total votes: 210
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 29, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 89 comments

While we're on the topic of high-end audio e-commerce, have you tried your hand at the online market in <I>used</I> audio equipment?

Have you bought or sold used audio equipment over the Internet?
Yes, bought something
30% (57 votes)
Yes, sold something
5% (10 votes)
Have bought <I>and</I> sold
32% (60 votes)
Haven't bought or sold yet
24% (44 votes)
Not interested
9% (16 votes)
Total votes: 187
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 22, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 0 comments

Dozens of new websites are popping up aimed at selling audio equipment directly to consumers. Some are even working out deals with brick-and-mortar retailers in your area to deliver services, and some high-end components are now <I>only</I> available on the Web. Does purchasing audio products over the Internet appeal to you?

Would you buy audio equipment over the Internet? What and why?
Already have. I've purchased:
41% (98 votes)
Yes, plan to buy:
13% (31 votes)
Might buy something.
23% (56 votes)
Not likely.
16% (39 votes)
Will never buy from Internet.
5% (12 votes)
Not sure.
2% (5 votes)
Total votes: 241
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 15, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 85 comments

In answering last week's question

Would lower CD prices lead to fewer piracy problems?
Yes, overnight
57% (133 votes)
Yes, a little
29% (67 votes)
Won't make a difference
14% (32 votes)
Will make it worse
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 232
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 08, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 56 comments

With SDMI on the horizon, supposedly inaudible watermarking may end up in quite a bit of the digital audio we listen to. Is this a problem for you?

Is watermarking a necessary evil or the devil incarnate?
The devil incarnate
53% (80 votes)
A necessary evil
8% (12 votes)
I don't really care
9% (14 votes)
Have to hear it first
29% (44 votes)
Total votes: 150
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Stereophile Posted: Aug 02, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 144 comments

Both the DVD-Audio and SACD camps have now officially announced players for later this year, neither of which will play the other format (unlike the universal players promised, but not yet delivered, by Yamaha and Denon). What will you do?

What are you thinking you might do later this year when SACD and/or DVD-Audio players are released?
Buy a DVD-Audio player
13% (46 votes)
Buy an SACD player
4% (14 votes)
Wait for prices of either/both to drop
11% (41 votes)
Wait for a universal player
25% (93 votes)
Will wait no matter what
33% (122 votes)
Not interested in the new formats
13% (47 votes)
Will buy both players
1% (4 votes)
Total votes: 367
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 25, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 112 comments

Audiophile labels spend a good deal of effort trying to improve the transfer of music from the master tape to CD, DVD, or LP. Is this important to you?

Do you prefer special "audiophile" editions of recordings you buy?
Yes, by a long shot
46% (112 votes)
Yes, most of the time
28% (69 votes)
Yes, once in a while
19% (46 votes)
Don't really care
3% (8 votes)
Never buy them
4% (9 votes)
Total votes: 244
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 18, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 80 comments

Audiophiles all have to start somewhere, and some of us may have even spread the word a little. Have you?

Have you ever converted anyone into an audiophile? How did you do it?
Converted a relative
12% (14 votes)
Converted a friend
46% (55 votes)
Converted a roommate
1% (1 vote)
Converted a customer
1% (1 vote)
13% (15 votes)
No conversions yet
28% (34 votes)
Total votes: 120
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 11, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 52 comments

Do you suffer socially because of your audio obsession?

Do other people think your audiophile interests are a bit loony?
No! They envy me and my system.
8% (13 votes)
No. They think it's wonderful and like to share it with me.
12% (21 votes)
No. They let me enjoy my solitary pursuit.
11% (19 votes)
No. They think I'm an eccentric genius.
8% (13 votes)
Maybe. Sometimes I hear them whispering about me behind my back.
3% (5 votes)
Yes. My wife thinks I need help.
13% (22 votes)
Yes. My co-workers don't understand why my music system costs more than their cars.
18% (30 votes)
Yes. I'd rather listen to music than do just about anything else.
7% (12 votes)
Yes. I think they're conspiring to alter my system.
1% (2 votes)
I don't care what anyone thinks about me.
11% (18 votes)
Don't bother me with any more stupid questions.
2% (4 votes)
Other people? <I>What</I> other people?
6% (11 votes)
Total votes: 170
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Stereophile Posted: Jul 05, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 97 comments

As a follow-up to last week's question, we'd like to know what audio gear gets your vote for best-looking product of all time.

What's the best-looking audio product you've ever seen? Why?
Here it is:
86% (86 votes)
Don't have one
7% (7 votes)
Looks don't matter at all!
7% (7 votes)
Total votes: 100
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 27, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 130 comments

Some audio companies, such as Bang & Olufsen, concentrate just as many resources into their products' appearance as into their sound. Does this matter to you?

How important is the visual design of an audio product to you?
Extremely important
17% (44 votes)
Very important
35% (90 votes)
Somewhat important
31% (79 votes)
Not important at all
16% (42 votes)
Total votes: 255
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 21, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 84 comments

Audio experts can come in all shapes and sizes: a great dealer, an audiophile friend or relative, an audio consultant---even a magazine writer. How much do you value their opinions?

How much do you rely on others for audio advice? Please tell us who you listen to.
I rely heavily on others
11% (15 votes)
I seek a moderate amount of advice
48% (66 votes)
Just a little help
26% (36 votes)
Very rarely do I seek advice
12% (17 votes)
I never ask for advice
2% (3 votes)
Total votes: 137
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Stereophile Posted: Jun 13, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 105 comments

Is there a single CD or LP that holds significant value for you? Is it an old ratty copy of your first record ever bought, or a pricey, collectible piece of vinyl?

What is the crown jewel in your music collection?
Yes, here it is:
74% (93 votes)
No, don't have one.
26% (33 votes)
Total votes: 126
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Stereophile Readers Posted: Jun 06, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 83 comments

The responses to last week's poll triggered interest in this week's question from many readers.

Where do you buy <I>most</I> of your new music?
Local specialty music store
28% (56 votes)
Local discount chain
8% (17 votes)
Music club (BMG, etc.)
12% (25 votes)
Internet (CDnow, etc.)
19% (39 votes)
Direct from labels
0% (1 vote)
Combination of above
25% (50 votes)
Other (please explain)
6% (13 votes)
Total votes: 201
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Patrick Tracy Posted: May 30, 1999 Published: Dec 31, 1969 85 comments

Reader Patrick Tracy claims that he's addicted to buying music: "As in the studies of lab mice and cocaine, I will repeatedly choose music over most any other pursuit. Like a longtime drug addict, I now need larger and larger doses of new music to achieve the rush that a single recording might give a normal person."<P>How about you?

Is buying more and more new music a compulsion for you?
Yes, I'm out of control!
12% (21 votes)
I barely keep myself in check
44% (79 votes)
Not a problem yet
19% (33 votes)
I've been treated and have fully recovered
10% (18 votes)
Never was a problem
15% (27 votes)
Total votes: 178