How old are you?

How old are you?
10 or less
1% (4 votes)
5% (37 votes)
23% (186 votes)
25% (196 votes)
21% (164 votes)
20% (156 votes)
6% (44 votes)
1% (5 votes)
Over 80 (congratulations!)
0% (2 votes)
Total votes: 794

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?

craig's picture

What's that you say, sonny? Speak into my good ear. Say, while you are here check out my latest system.

Nick A's picture

I'm 23 now—music has always been part of my family and my life.

Carlos Gallardo's picture

So what!

Joe's picture

Currently 24, and I've been into two-channel audio for about five years now.

dan coffee's picture

i have been an audiophile since the age of 13—I'm 34 years old. My first tweek was loudspeaker wire. It was an improvement. I was 13 at that time. The best upgrade, I think, would be new speakers.

Jeff S's picture

In the 1980s, I felt like I was one of the younger faces in the high-end crowd. In 2008, I still feel like that's the case! Uh oh.

Alvaro's picture

You should have asked last year and I would have chosen the previous age category!

doug the geezer's picture

I don't understand the stated reason for asking reader's ages. It either makes no grammatical sense or maybe I'm just too danged old to understand plain English.

mrlowry's picture

I wish I could have checked the 21-30 box just to increase the numbers of the young crowd but I am, in fact 31.

John's picture

Still have the ears, if not the hearing, of a teenager

Dismord's picture

I'm 65 with the hearing of a 25 year old male according to my audiologist. Aside from the factor of hearing diminishing with age, what on earth does this have to do with audio?

Matt D.'s picture

I read Stereophile and dream of the expensive systems. I assume that if you asked the readers what was the age and total cost of their systems, you would see a trend pattern. That would also help to explain why the age is so high; most young people don't even know this type of equipment exists.

Mark L.'s picture

I'm 42 and the dad of two music-loving boys. My eldest son (9) takes guitar lessons and my youngest (almost 3) wants me to carry him when I dance around the house.

John, Louisville.'s picture

Been into audio for about 10 years. (I'm 29), basically since I've had a job making over $9 bucks an hour, I've spent some or lots of it on audio. Since I've started to earn a more professional income it all goes to the house! But I have had just enough to have some wonderful equipment under my belt.

Carter's picture

When most of us were growing up, a stereo was the ultimate in cool technology. TV was pretty generic, computers were still room sized, there were no iPods and portable music took the form of boom boxes or perhaps a Walkman. Today's youth have so many more toys on which to focus their technology attention. Furthermore, they mostly just download their music for free in the form of MP3s which don't have high enough quality to justify a high-end stereo rig. The resurgence in vinyl is encouraging though and appears to be bringing some young people back into the fold.

Seth G.'s picture

I'm 27 now and have been reading Stereophile since I was 12.

J R's picture

I hope to have my "dream system" before I get too old to enjoy it.

Bobby's picture

I started reading Stereophile several years ago when I was 18.

Andy, The University of Texas's picture

As an Electrical Engineering student, I really don't think my generation could understand half of the techinical reviews without background knowledge in power, circuits, and acoustics. I seem to enjoy the magazine a little more after I study each new subject and have a greater appreciation for the detail in each review.

Mark Miller's picture

I have always loved classical music and use to listen to records (the real item) on old Magnavox all in one consoles. Then in the mid '60's I was introduced to "hi-fi" by my cousin who had Dynaco equipement,a RekOCut Turntable and Lafayette Criterion speakers. After that I was hooked and have been for the past 42 years.

Stephen's picture

I'm not quite old.

Ed Strand's picture

Even before you print the results, I know we are a bunch of gray-beards growing grayer every day. Audiophiles are a dying breed, my friend.

Jose Cuervo's picture

I'm 35 years young! Feels great to be part of this hobby. Let's get the new gen involved!

JV's picture

It's not the age sweetheart, it's the mileage!

Chris Kenney's picture

As a teenager, I really could not conceive of being 52. Now that I am, I realize I'm in better shape than many of them!

Bruno's picture

Stereophile reader since age 36. First audiophile experience at age 10 (Rolling Stones in stereo at my father's friend's house).

Chris H's picture

I think the way most articles are written means that this great magazine appeals to a wide audience

Joe Hartmann's picture

As I review audio mags, it becomes obivious to me the fact that classical music has lost its audience in America. It strikes me that it is no longer the standard for evaluation of tonal accuracy.'s picture

I got my first high-end system at 18, when I finished school.

Andrew Chester's picture

When I took my 18-year-old son to a hi-fI Show, he said, "They are all clones—middle aged , overweight, and balding, the only difference is some have beards!" Since he had just described me I couldn't disagree