Do you ever listen to music on your computer?

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

Jim Merrill's picture

With all the money we've invested in amps and signal processing equipment in the name of better sound, the idea of throwing it all away for a sound card is loathsome.

Mark's picture

Listen to streaming audio and video on my desktop. Still listen to vinyl and CDs with a tube intrgreated amp for serious listening

Jason Mosset's picture

Only for music that I'm trying out or really don't like enough to own the album. Computer audio formats such as mp3 are nothing that you would want to listen to if you didn't have to.

Danny's picture

My Stereo system sounds much better than the computer setup, thus have no interest listening music via the computer. However a sound system on the computer is necessary for computer games.

Henk Peters's picture

I use a StereoLink outboard USB DAC, a JOB amplifier, and two Dali Royal Menuet loudspeakers with my iMac. It makes it nice to work at home.

Teresa Goodwin's picture

NO! NO! and well, NO! I only use my computer for streaming audio excerpts to hear a bit of an SACD I am interested in buying.

Tjipto Hendrawan's picture

Yes, because I am a computer programmer.

Chris's picture

Only on the office PC of course.

Gustaf's picture

I have no LP-spinner in my computer!

KJ's picture

Except from sampling new music on available the net for possible investment in a new CD or even LP, I can really see no point in playing music on the computer. Off course in the future world of total home entertainment, networking and automation integration the answer will be different, but then I will still not be using my computer in the sense of a PC, but some sort of network terminal. However i can't actually forsee how my record player is going to connect with such a system.

Shawn B.'s picture

Yes very often, BUT DONT EVER USE COMPUTER SPEAKERS. OUTPUT THE SIGNAL TO A GOOD DAC! The most important sound card innovations are compatible SPDIF and optical Digital outputs for home audio compenents.

Klaus Armbruster's picture

I have a wonderful 2-channel system, why would I spend money on soundcards and speakers for the PC, just to end up with still far inferior sound quality ?

Mike Healey's picture

I can listen to CDs at work when I'm not on the phone or in meetings. The sound quality is very disappointing because the CD-ROM drive produces less than 1/3 of the music that I can hear on my stereo at home. I listen to and for the excellent and enlightening programming, but the sound quality isn't much better than the piped-in broadcast in the men's washroom at a local sports arena. So what's a sound card? If it cuts into my budget for stereo equipment or new recordings, then I really can't be bothered.

Chriss's picture

I know that many audiophiles don

Alan Napier's picture

Sound acceptable with Soundblaster 64 awe, but will upgrade to better sound card

Patrick D'Annunzio's picture

Yes, but even though I have an output to my stereo, it is hard to find a well recorded MP3 to sit and listen too....thus, that is only when the poor neighbors, who can only afford a boom boom car, piss me off...then it is off with the gloves and on with the hard core...they hate it and my stereo is REALLY LOUD.....

Anonymous's picture

For background listening only. I use Apple's Soundsticks speakers connected to laptop's USB jack running on Windows 2000. No soundcard is needed. It sounds *half* as good as it costs. For the Windows ME desktop, it's Monsoon's MM-1000 multimedia speakers. I have to use an external equalizer to *un-flatten* the dull sound.

Travis Klersy's picture

I appreciate the access to new music the Internet gives, but I have no plans to invest in the additional hardware and faster service needed to make it worthwhile. I would rather just spend the money on recordings favorably reviewed by people I trust.

Christoph Koelle's picture

Only at work, certainly not for audio pleasure.

Sami Rifat's picture

I spend so much time using my computer, and I find that listening to music makes it more palatable.

Graeme Nattress's picture

Laptops are very portable, and when full of mp3s, a great source of music.

Frank's picture

Wide definition for the term 'music' exists . . . isn't it?

JRW's picture

I did when it was new, but not in the last year or so.

GUD2BDP in DC's picture


Bevo's picture

I have use my computer to listen to music, watch movies, and create content. Yes, I do have a hi-fi and a home theater, but the computer is just so convient. I run a Marantz reciever with a PSB Alpha Surround Package. It sounds great. Long live MP3!

allan stock's picture

I sample music on-line to help me decide whether I want to make a specific purchase. Listening to music is an activity best performed with a higher level of equipment in more suitable surroundings . Just how much of your life do you want to spend in front of the computer?

Scott Miller's picture

I use my PC at work to sometimes listen to music. It has a Klipsch Promedia 4.1 speaker system connected. At home I always use my dedicated stereo system.

2kan's picture

Yeah, but it's still a novelty.

Martin Berman's picture

It would be helpful if Stereophile published some tips on using your computer as a tuner. There is some great music on BBC 3 {as JA well knows} What say, JA ?

Mad Guru's picture

Sure, I use computer music to listen to music, but only when I am at work. At home? Forget about it . . .. No bloody computer will play my music! I guess I am an old timer!