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EG  |  Aug 24, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Sometimes stock is simply not good enough. Reader "EG" would like to know how many readers have used an after-market component-modification service to improve standard high-end gear. If you have, have you been satisfied or not? Why?

Have you used an after-market component-modification shop to improve standard high-end gear? If you have, have you been satisfied or not? Why?
Yes, it turned out great
37% (55 votes)
Yes, the results were so so
7% (10 votes)
Yes, didn't like the results
3% (4 votes)
Yes, but it was a disaster
2% (3 votes)
No haven't tried it
51% (75 votes)
Total votes: 147
Stereophile  |  Aug 17, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  98 comments

Clearly many of you are spending bucks on your turntables these days. How about vinyl records to feed them? Have you spent any money on vinyl LPs in the last 12 months? What did you buy?

Have you spent any money on vinyl LPs in the last 12 months? What did you buy?
Yes, quite a bit
36% (76 votes)
Yes, a decent amount
24% (51 votes)
Yes, but just a little
16% (33 votes)
No, I've already got just what I need
7% (14 votes)
No, I don't do vinyl
18% (37 votes)
Total votes: 211
Stereophile  |  Aug 10, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  129 comments

Who would have guessed? As the CD falls, vinyl rises again. Online readers have probably noticed Stephen Mejias diving deep into the black art this year. What about you? Have you spent any money on your turntable rig (not including records) in the last 12 months?

Have you spent any money on your turntable rig (not including records) in the last 12 months?
Yes, quite a bit
23% (72 votes)
Yes, a decent amount
25% (76 votes)
Yes, but just a little
18% (55 votes)
No, I've already got just what I need
18% (54 votes)
No, I don't do vinyl.
17% (51 votes)
Total votes: 308
Glenn Bennett  |  Aug 04, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  110 comments

In light of last week's question, it seems appropriate for reader Glenn Bennett to ask: "Let's see how far back we can go. I caught the bug with a Knight reel-to-reel in 1955!" <P> What was the first component (or components) you purchased and what year was it?

What was the first component (or components) you purchased and what year was it?
Here it is
97% (116 votes)
Never bought a thing
3% (4 votes)
Total votes: 120
craig  |  Aug 03, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  256 comments

Reader "craig" writes: "Okay, let's get right to it. What is the age of <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers? The reason I ask is the choice of 'favorite music' in a recent Vote question." So how old are you?

How old are you?
10 or less
1% (4 votes)
11-20
5% (37 votes)
21-30
23% (186 votes)
31-40
25% (196 votes)
41-50
21% (164 votes)
51-60
20% (156 votes)
61-70
6% (44 votes)
71-80
1% (5 votes)
Over 80 (congratulations!)
0% (2 votes)
Total votes: 794
DAB  |  Jul 20, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  51 comments

We all know that vinyl collectors like the sound and feel of a 12" LP, but reader DAB suspects many of you horde sealed copies of LPs to sell later. Do you ever buy LPs that you never open to sell later?

Do you ever buy LPs that you never open to sell later?
Yes, all the time
5% (9 votes)
Yes, but only sometimes
4% (7 votes)
Only once or twice
13% (22 votes)
Never, but I do buy vinyl
45% (79 votes)
I don't buy vinyl
33% (58 votes)
Total votes: 175
Dismord  |  Jul 13, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

Reader Dismord is curious about your reading and spending habits: How much, over the years, have you spent on audioporn magazines?

How much, over the years, have you spent on audioporn magazines?
The cost of a new high-end system
6% (11 votes)
The cost of a middle-of-the-road system
24% (46 votes)
The cost of a cheap portable
42% (82 votes)
Nothing
28% (54 votes)
Total votes: 193
Charlie S.  |  Jul 06, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  185 comments

Reader Charlie S. wonders what you use for digital music these days? What is your <I>primary</I> digital front end?

What is your <I>primary</I> digital front end?
CD player
34% (188 votes)
Hi-rez disc player
11% (63 votes)
iPod
5% (27 votes)
Music Server (computer-based)
36% (198 votes)
Music Server (dedicated: Sooloos, Sonos, etc.)
10% (55 votes)
Other
3% (18 votes)
Total votes: 549
Stereophile  |  Jun 29, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments

What if you could tour all of New York City's best audio dealers by bus and get a custom presentation at each one—all in one day? Would you be interested in a hi-fi dealer caravan in NYC, sponsored by <I>Stereophile</I>?

Would you be interested in a hi-fi dealer caravan in NYC, sponsored by <I>Stereophile</I>?
Yes, sign me up
41% (87 votes)
Yes, but need to know more
24% (51 votes)
Yes, possibly
18% (37 votes)
Hmmmm
3% (7 votes)
No, not interested
13% (28 votes)
Total votes: 210
wook  |  Jun 22, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  110 comments

Cars rate energy use as miles per gallon (MPG), but what about audio equipment? Reader "wook" wants to know: "Would you like <I>Stereophile</I>'s reviews to include power-draw measurements?"

Would you like <I>Stereophile</I>'s reviews to include power-draw measurements?
Yes, very important
44% (137 votes)
Yes, somewhat important
35% (109 votes)
Don't care
14% (45 votes)
No, leave them out
7% (23 votes)
Total votes: 314
Markus Roonikus  |  Jun 16, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  124 comments

There are an increasing number of articles on the Web regarding cables/speaker wire and their sonic properties. Combine this with some "blind" listening sessions (like the one substituting a coat hanger) and any sensible person has reason to pause. Do you find yourself more dubious about manufacturers' performance claims? Has this affected your spending habits?

Do you find yourself increasingly dubious about cable manufacturers' performance claims? Has this affected your spending habits?
Yes I study the claims closely
41% (106 votes)
I take a brief look
30% (78 votes)
I never look at the claims
29% (74 votes)
Total votes: 258
Mike Agee  |  Jun 08, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  129 comments

Reader Mike Agee asks: "I'd like to hear about great audio products that have managed to go under-reviewed in the audio press. I realize there are many reasons why this might happen, from manufacturer reluctance [to submit review samples] to bad timing in the marketplace, but we all know there are a real winners out there that never made a recommended list."

What great audio products have managed to go under-reviewed in the audio press?
Here's one or two
92% (135 votes)
Don't have one
8% (12 votes)
Total votes: 147
dBruce  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  63 comments

Reader dBruce wants to know where do you sit, lie, or hang when listening? What chair/couch (make & model) is great for listening?

What chair/couch/other (make & model) is great for listening?
My chair is
54% (58 votes)
My couch is
32% (35 votes)
I use a
12% (13 votes)
No comment
2% (2 votes)
Total votes: 108
BeeJay DeeJay  |  May 25, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  147 comments

Reader BeeJay DeeJay would like to know if readers can hear a faint "background" ringing or hissing in their ears when it is dead quiet? If so, what is the extent of that hiss or noise, and is it bothersome when listening?

Can you hear a faint "background" ringing or hissing in your ears when it is dead quiet?
I don't hear any noise when it is quiet
14% (71 votes)
I hear a very slight noise
60% (300 votes)
I hear a bothersome noise
25% (126 votes)
Total votes: 497
Walter Woody  |  May 18, 2008  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  41 comments

Reader Walter Woody realizes that caring about sound quality is nothing to be ashamed of. He asks: What is your proudest audiophile moment?

What is your proudest audiophile moment?
Here it is
73% (77 votes)
Don't have one
27% (28 votes)
Total votes: 105

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