Stereophile Staff  |  Dec 03, 2000  |  160 comments

No question that most audiophiles who read <I>Stereophile</I> are concerned about the performance of their home systems, but what about their car systems?

Is the audio performance of your car's system important to you? Have you done anything to improve it?
Very important
28% (80 votes)
Somewhat important
23% (66 votes)
Slightly important
26% (74 votes)
Don't care
19% (53 votes)
Don't have a car
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 282
Stereophile Staff  |  Dec 03, 2000  |  116 comments

It's the season when <I>Stereophile</I> salutes the Products of the Year. You can read about our picks in print this month's (December) issue, or on the Web next week. But in the meantime, what is your choice for this year's best?

What is your overall Product of 2000? Why?
Here it is
88% (114 votes)
Don't have one
12% (16 votes)
Total votes: 130
Stereophile  |  Nov 19, 2000  |  149 comments

New music, or a fresh interpretation of an old classic, is what keeps a music lover's life interesting. What three releases have been in heavy rotation for you recently?

What are the top three discs in your music rotation right now?
Here they are
87% (144 votes)
Don't have any
5% (9 votes)
I want a recount of that last Vote!
7% (12 votes)
Total votes: 165
Stereophile  |  Nov 12, 2000  |  99 comments

Have you ever noticed a time of day when your musical enjoyment seems to be consistently at its peak?

Is there a time of day or night when you prefer to listen? Why?
Early morning
8% (17 votes)
Mid morning
2% (4 votes)
Around noon
1% (3 votes)
mid afternoon
2% (4 votes)
Early evening
11% (22 votes)
17% (34 votes)
Late Evening
37% (76 votes)
'Round midnight
22% (46 votes)
Total votes: 206
Stereophile  |  Nov 05, 2000  |  94 comments

Audio equipment prices range from dirt cheap to off-the-chart. How does price affect your perception of products?

Do you equate price with quality in audio equipment?
Yes . . .
25% (57 votes)
Sometimes . . .
53% (120 votes)
No . . .
22% (51 votes)
Total votes: 228
Stereophile  |  Oct 29, 2000  |  100 comments

The battle rages on in the audio shops, the pages of <I>Stereophile</I>, and in the online news groups: Subjectivist (relies on direct experience to judge audio quality) versus Objectivist (relies on experimental evidence to judge differences and quality). What are your tendencies?

Do you consider yourself an audio subjectivist or objectivist?
29% (68 votes)
6% (14 votes)
Mostly subjectivist
34% (79 votes)
Mostly objectivist
9% (22 votes)
Equal amounts of both
16% (38 votes)
5% (11 votes)
Total votes: 232
Stereophile  |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

With multichannel DVD-Audio and SACD discs close to reality, record companies can encode their discs in a variety of multichannel formats (see recent <A HREF="">Chesky interview</A>). Any preferences?

Setting aside sampling and bit rates for the moment, what type of channel configuration would you like to see on DVD-Audio and/or SACD discs?
2 channels only
57% (174 votes)
5.1 channels (3 front, 2 rear, sub)
20% (60 votes)
6 channels (2 front, 2 side, 2 rear)
11% (34 votes)
12% (37 votes)
Total votes: 305
Stereophile  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  116 comments

The results from last week's Vote! indicate a clear distaste for watermarking as a means of preventing the pirating of recordings. But what do you suggest be done in its place?

How would you slow down the pirating of recordings?
Here's my idea:
63% (91 votes)
It's not really a problem.
31% (45 votes)
Don't know.
6% (9 votes)
Total votes: 145
STPH Staff  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  140 comments

Using a digital code, or "watermark," has been proposed for SACD and DVD-Audio recordings to help control what consumers can and cannot do with the new discs. The downside is that some engineers feel that the watermark, though subtle, might be audible at times. Does this bother you?

What do you think of watermarking SACD or DVD-Audio discs?
57% (182 votes)
Hate the idea
34% (110 votes)
Don't like it, but it seems they must do it
4% (12 votes)
Don't care
2% (7 votes)
Good idea
3% (8 votes)
Total votes: 319
Robert Deutsch  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  91 comments

The urge to upgrade audio components seems endemic to the condition of being an audiophile. Which of the following is usually your main reason for upgrading?

How do you decide when it's time to upgrade?
I'm dissatisfied with the sound of my system.
34% (69 votes)
I want to be up to date with technological advances.
10% (21 votes)
I've read a review of a product that sounds interesting.
8% (16 votes)
My audiophile friends are all getting new equipment.
0% (0 votes)
I heard/saw a new piece of equipment at a dealer, and I want it.
10% (20 votes)
It's because . . . (fill in your own reason).
28% (57 votes)
I don't upgrade unless a piece of equipment fails and can't be repaired.
9% (19 votes)
Total votes: 202