Do you plan to integrate a computer into your music system?

Do you plan to integrate a computer into your music system?
No! Never!
35% (90 votes)
Maybe someday.
45% (116 votes)
8% (21 votes)
Did it recently.
4% (9 votes)
Have had one for years.
4% (9 votes)
Other? ( . . . )
4% (10 votes)
Total votes: 255

Although standalone music systems will always be part of the audio hobby, it appears that computers are becoming increasingly important. Improvements in data transmission and storage are reported almost daily, and several services now offer downloads of music. When will a computer become part of <i>your</i> music system?

Alexander Hawson's picture

A computer equipped with a soundcard that has a digital out can sound as good as any CD transport. Couple the computer to a great DAC and you've got an excellent sound source. Considering the computer's flexibility, it becomes a fantastic addition to any audio system.

Marc Blank's picture

I've been in the computer software business (game design and development) for almost 20 years, and this is the worst idea I have ever heard of. The idea almost literally makes me ill.

Matt McDonald's picture

My computer happens to be in my primary listening room and just the noise of it running drives me crazy if I'm trying to listen to music.

Dr.  Lars Bo Henrisken's picture

Are you nuts?

redtroll's picture

Mix work and pleasure?! NO!

Geff Ratcheson's picture

I'd like to upgrade my pc so I can record internet concerts onto DAT.My 486/50 is too slow to decode the Real Audio format. (There are some awesome archived shows). Other then that.... NO! NO! NO! NO!

Brian Boehler's picture

I'm not sure that I see how a computer will fit into a "high-end" system. If I see some clear advantages to using a computer, I will integrate my existing computer with my stereo. I won't say never, but I'm not sure that I see any real benefits just yet.

Anonymous's picture

Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring

D.  G.  Morrison's picture

I don't want to stick my head in the sand and say that it will never happen. But I'll wait and see.

mike gross's picture

computers have a long way to go before their convient enough to use to be bothered with for music listening

David Schultz's picture

CD players inject enough nasties into the power line. Hooking a computer into the system would be as sensible as running your preamp and a refrigerator on the same outlet! If you don't think this is a problem, just position a portable AM radio next to your computer and listen closely while you click your mouse a few times.

Alvester Garnett's picture

Definately a no-no for right now but never say never. I currently am just fine with my little three piece Boston Acoustics and CDROM for my computer. The real listening occurs on the real stereo and as a matter of fact its doing a good job right now playing in the background as I type.

G.Fennell's picture

I can't see it being very likely , but who knows for sure.

Stephen Westbom's picture

The computer music system stands on its own. I use it for semi-serious listening only (using music CDs and the CD-ROM). Game sound effects are of pretty high quality but the audio available over the net is of very poor quality as of now.



Curt Simon's picture

In some sense, anyone who has a CD player has already integrated a computer into their sound system. If only I could get my sound system to do my income tax ... I see it now: Turbotax in HDCD!

tyc's picture

hi-fi (or at least home theatre) components are becoming more and more like computers. Just look at the latest generation of home theatre processors. Soon, you'll be able to attach a keyboard and mouse to them because there'll be too many functions to fit on a handheld remote! But ordinary computers are too noisy (hard disks/CD Rom drives/fan) to use in a proper listening room.

Al's picture

No way! I have spent over 20 years improving my system so that music will play from a silent and distortion-free background as much as possible. The whine from computer fans and disks alone would be too distracting and would annoy me in a minute. Not to mention the electrical noise from their power supplies.

Darren Leite's picture

Nyet! I have 2 systems, one for Video and one for Audio because it's impossible to integrate those two without sacrificing one or the other- let alone throwing my computer in the mix! Also, how many people have thier computers in physical proximity to thier TV or Stereo? Not many, I'd guess.

Kelly Don Oliver's picture

I am the owner of a computer store and I purposely do not even have a soundcard in my home PC. Why in the world would I want to listen to my music on a PC with cheap, small, inferior speakers when I have a good audio setup? A computer is a tool, not a toy.

Francis P.  Ferguson's picture

the cd format is already a computer format. This reality will become centra to hifi soon, even though I use a tube amp now -- why no review of Golden Tube Audio. I like my SE40. Since you can kill a company with a bad word, do I regar no news as good news?

John Valvano's picture

Wouldn't know where to begin.

Jim Sanders's picture

Hell, No! You think I'm a tin-eared nutcase?

Mr Improbabl's picture

I just bought a Mark Levinson Digital Extrema 2.54, with a Krell 24" Super Brite Monitor and "WOW", music videos send shrill and edgy metallic sounds into my Titanium/Kevlar eardrums!

Ken So's picture

If turntables crashed as often as Windows95 for "no apparent reason," the hi-fi industry would be in BIG trouble. I work in the computer field, and 95% of my work has to do with keeping everything compatible and running. I prefer to listen to music over debugging software and hardware problems.

Jesse Stengel's picture

Computers offer a wide variety of musical mediums not available elsewhere, such as MP3 and MODs.

Igor Zamberlan's picture


Ken Hotte's picture

computer based dvd player?

Sandy PANTON's picture

they are at seperate ends of the house and will stay that way for the forseeable future.

Dave Ryan's picture

Once a CD-RW setup is created (and offered) that interfaces well with both your computer and audio system, it would be great to combine the two systems.