Would you like Stereophile'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

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?"

Ricky Dasler's picture

It would be interesting, especially with some of the Class A power amps.

hank's picture

It will probably sell more big bootie amps if it gives owners bragging rights! For the more reasonable of us who care about having beautiful sounds in our lives, knowing the power consumption helps guide our choices. Thanks!

starbird80's picture

Not necessarily as an environmental consideration, either. But it's good to know how many outlets/circuits to plan for the listening room.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

I don't think I'll make a purchase based on that figure. I would like to know, though.

Scott Graves's picture

I'll be able to justify more expensive speakers up front if they'll save me money over their lifetime. Just like a hybrid car!

terry romita's picture

Yes, yes, yes.

Jared Gerlach's picture

Perhaps including the manufacturer's claims of power consumption is enough.

Andrew Trujillo's picture

We should be mindful of all costs involved in our entertainment. High-performance shouldn’t have to only coincide with high-waste.

Bjorn André's picture

This is especially important for the power amps. The analogy with MPG is good. I need to know the cost of owning such amps. Just as they also should state estimated life for tubes.

Laurent's picture

At idle, 1W, and 10W if possible. Power draw at 100W is useless due to the short amount of time during which 100W are used...

Kevin O&#039;Toole's picture

Yes—both at full power and idle, since you've gotten us in the habit of leaving equipment on.

Philippe Charlier's picture

It is important to know how much it costs per month to operate an audio equipment.

Stereo Steve's picture

Yes, It would be interesting to know what the current draw of a component is, but keep in mind that high-current products tend to sound better.

Dismord's picture

Please, please, please. Let's not continue to fiddle whilst Rome burns.

Nodaker's picture

Why not? I don't think we need amps that require their own generator or slot on the AC box. Mine is about 90% efficient, digital, and I love it.

Francisco S, Brazil's picture

Of course it is very important. Besides being audiophiles, we are world citizens, aren't we? And our children deserve a better world.

Dave's picture

Also important is the heat generation above ambient because energy is needed to offset any room temperature increase.

audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

I would rather you can tell me how reliable a product is. This stuff all sounds alike when it doesn't work.

John Freeman's picture

Why not? It shouldn't be too hard and it is valuable information.

Mike Agee's picture

I hate to say it, but high-powered class A amps are the Hummers of the audio world. Use them in air conditioned houses and they are Hummers toted behind 40' RVs (out to experience "nature", of all things). The extreme lengths of finance, effort, and energy we expend on ever better sound does not exempt us from being responsible citizens. High-efficiency horns are looking (and sounding) better all the time!

amplitron's picture

We need: Standby power, worst case, and power drain.

Jose Antonio Muniz's picture

Absolutly yes, we, the audio community, need to have a responsible attitude towards the enviroment. Besides it costs too much to run a complete system that wastes a lot of electricity as heat, regardless of how good it sounds. On the other hand, your reviews should include some kind of analisys of parts quantity and quality related to street price of the product review, in other words, is it worth the asked price, regardless of how it sounds. I am tired of overpriced products that seems to have really poor quality and value.

Hifidan's picture

Also, would like to know how hot a component runs.

erick's picture

If the music leaves you breathless, then it offsets the stereo carbon footprint.

Johannes Turunen, Sweden's picture

Only those with own solar cells totally supporting their audio equipment need not to care.

Bjorn Aarseth's picture

Standby power is also important to measure.

Dennis's picture

No, but there are other issues which I feel would be much more important to me (and, perhaps, others)when reading a review of a product I am considering, which I feel are much more practical. How much noise does the transport make while playing CDs? How many CDs did the player not be able to play during the review process? How long did the equipment break in for before reviewers' critical listening? How much warm up time is required for the piece to sound its best? What tweaks are being used with the review sample (isolation, power conditioning, etc) and, specifically, what interconnects and power cords are being used with the product, and, although you can get a sense of what other gear is being used from the list of "associated equipment", since there are usually multiple items of one piece of equipment listed, how about being more specific?

Ron Alterman's picture

If you do include it, have idle, average, and maximum.

Matt's picture

Why not? It will take JA an extra two minutes during his standard battery of tests.

ender21's picture

If it costs nothing extra to include it, and doesn't keep you from doing what you normally do, then why not include it?