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Stereophile  |  Jul 06, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  114 comments

In a blog comment, reader Henry writes "I won't buy a component that does not look right . . . . It needs to have a look like someone cared deeply about the appearance of the thing as a function of performance." <P> Does a component's industrial design matter to you? How much?

Does a component's industrial design matter to you? How much?
Yes, very important
36% (118 votes)
Yes, somewhat important
33% (108 votes)
Yes, but just a little
18% (61 votes)
No, not really
9% (31 votes)
NO NOT AT ALL!
4% (14 votes)
Total votes: 332
Stereophile  |  Jun 28, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Last week's poll revealed continuing support for FM radio, though other broadcast services are clearly making inroads. If you listen to "radio," what service do you listen to <I>most</I>?

If you listen to "radio," what service do you listen to <I>most</I>?
FM radio
57% (154 votes)
HD Radio
3% (7 votes)
Sirius|XM
16% (42 votes)
Web Radio
18% (48 votes)
Other
4% (10 votes)
None
3% (7 votes)
Total votes: 268
Stereophile  |  Jun 22, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  164 comments

FM radio, once the mainstay for those seeking exposure to new music, is under attack from satellite radio, Web radio, and corporate playlists. Do you still listen to FM radio?

Do you still listen to FM radio?
More than ever
10% (40 votes)
Yes, just as much as always
37% (144 votes)
Yes, but less than I used to
20% (76 votes)
Yes, but much less than I used to
10% (40 votes)
Rarely
20% (76 votes)
I never listened to it in the first place
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 388
Stereophile  |  Jun 15, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  99 comments

Clearly, plenty of readers are still committed to CD for one reason or another. How long do you expect record labels to continue releasing CDs?

How long do you expect record labels to continue releasing CDs?
For another 20 years at least
33% (125 votes)
10&#150;15 years
21% (79 votes)
5&#150;10 years
27% (105 votes)
3&#150;5 years
14% (53 votes)
A couple of years
4% (16 votes)
Up to a year
1% (2 votes)
It ends this year
1% (4 votes)
Total votes: 384
Stereophile  |  Jun 08, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  171 comments

Discs may be getting pass&#233;, but the technology keeps maturing and most music is still released on CD. Besides, deals on used discs also abound. Are you still interested in CD players?

Are you still interested in CD players?
Yes I plan to keep buying them
48% (240 votes)
Yes, I will buy one last player
12% (60 votes)
Maybe, I'm not sure yet
10% (51 votes)
No, unless my current player dies prematurely
15% (73 votes)
No, I'll never buy another disc player
15% (75 votes)
Total votes: 499
Stereophile  |  May 31, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Sure, there is a ton of information about new music available online, but sometimes holding it in your hand is better still. Do you subscribe to any music magazines? If so, what do you subscribe to, and if not, why not?

Do you subscribe to any music magazines? If so, what do you subscribe to, and if not, why not?
Yes
48% (48 votes)
No
52% (52 votes)
Total votes: 100
Ron Satterly  |  May 24, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  69 comments

Reader Ron Satterly wonders whether other audiophiles consider component break-in necessary before critical listening. How long should a component be broken-in before it reaches peak performance?

How long should a component be broken-in before it reaches peak performance?
No break in is needed
16% (35 votes)
Just a brief period
14% (32 votes)
At least a week
22% (48 votes)
Several weeks
25% (56 votes)
Months
11% (25 votes)
Other
12% (27 votes)
Total votes: 223
Stereophile  |  May 18, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  56 comments

Are audiophiles born or are they created? Are "Golden Ears" an innate talent (nature) or can you train yourself (nurture) to be a critical listener?

Are "Golden Ears" an innate talent or can you train yourself to be a critical listener?
Mostly nature
10% (16 votes)
Mostly nurture
46% (77 votes)
Equal parts nature & nurture
44% (74 votes)
Total votes: 167
Stereophile  |  May 10, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  130 comments

Some of us strive to reproduce a recording faithfully, while others look simply to create a pleasing sound, no matter what the source. Regardless of how you define perfection, can an audio system ever be perfect?

Can an audio system ever be perfect?
Yes
24% (61 votes)
No
76% (190 votes)
Total votes: 251
Stereophile  |  May 04, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  145 comments

Nothing in audio is ever perfect&#151;or is it? If you have a weak link in your audio system, what is it and why?

What is the weakest link in your audio system and why?
Source component
13% (48 votes)
Preamp
4% (16 votes)
Power amp
2% (7 votes)
Integrated amp
2% (7 votes)
Receiver
2% (8 votes)
Speakers
20% (74 votes)
Room
38% (140 votes)
Cables
3% (11 votes)
Other
14% (52 votes)
It's all perfect
2% (6 votes)
Total votes: 369
Stereophile  |  Apr 26, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  88 comments

Audiophiles often prefer to listen for themselves before committing to a purchase. But brick-and-mortar retailers are succumbing right and left, partly a result of the economy and partly owing to the trend to online sales. What is the future of high-end audio retailing?

What is the future of high-end audio retailing?
Here is what I think will happen
66% (76 votes)
I have no clue
23% (27 votes)
I don't care
11% (13 votes)
Total votes: 116
Stereophile Staff  |  Apr 20, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Plenty of you clearly love vinyl, some favor digital discs, and others prefer using a NAS drive. But what, in terms of time used, is the most important source component in your system?

What is the source component you use most in your home system?
LP turntable
30% (125 votes)
Disc Player
36% (150 votes)
Music Server (Sonos, Sooloos, Squeezeobox, etc)
10% (41 votes)
Computer w/sound card or DAC
17% (68 votes)
Portable (iPod, <I>etc</I>)
3% (13 votes)
Table radio
1% (3 votes)
Other
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 412
Ethan Winer  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  71 comments

In our <A HREF="http://forum.stereophile.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=64883">foru..., reader Ethan Winer brings up the concept of "listening blind when assessing audio quality." Do you perform blind listening tests when evaluating audio equipment?

Do you perform blind listening tests when evaluating audio equipment?
Yes always
10% (16 votes)
Yes, as often as possible
23% (38 votes)
Yes, sometimes
22% (36 votes)
Rarely
15% (25 votes)
No, never at all
30% (49 votes)
Total votes: 164
Brian Huempfner  |  Apr 06, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Do you think going from physical recordings with liner notes and cover-art to metadata on a PC's hard drive, we've lost the desire to immerse ourselves in the music that goes with it? Do you think that the demise of the physical medium, bringing us music, correlates with the demise of serious listening?

Do you think that the demise of the physical medium, bringing us music, correlates with the demise of serious listening?
Yes, all hope is lost
13% (36 votes)
Yes, it seems to signal a shift
34% (96 votes)
Not sure
14% (41 votes)
No, there is no correlation
39% (111 votes)
Total votes: 284
Paul Basinski  |  Mar 29, 2009  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

In your opinion, who has been the most influential person in the history of high-end audio? Was it an engineer or inventor? An audio retailer? How about a reviewer or public relations person?

In your opinion, who has been the most influential person in the history of high end audio?
That person would be
90% (137 votes)
Can't think of one
10% (15 votes)
Total votes: 152

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