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Louis McFarlane  |  May 09, 1999  |  117 comments

Reader Louis McFarlane asks a question that may touch a nerve or two among audiophiles.

Who else is allowed to use/control your audio system?
Spouse
30% (69 votes)
Children/Parents
6% (13 votes)
Friend(s)
4% (9 votes)
Other hi-fi persons
6% (13 votes)
Anyone
25% (58 votes)
Nobody else
29% (66 votes)
Total votes: 228
Stereophile Staff  |  May 09, 1999  |  0 comments
Strange but true: Stereophile editor John Atkinson once sold a tweak amplifier after being startled by not being able to identify it in a blind listening test. "Convinced by these results of the validity of the Consumer Reports philosophy, I consequently sold my exotic and expensive Lecson power amplifier, with which I had been very happy, and bought a much cheaper Quad 405---the biggest mistake of my audiophile career!" says JA of the experience.
Jon Iverson  |  May 09, 1999  |  0 comments
In an Internet world, the audiophile's quest for sound quality via high-resolution formats like DVD-Audio or SACD might be the last gasps of a dying generation. New media and technology companies like Liquid Audio, Diamond Multimedia, and RealNetworks are betting that the new generations of music lovers care more about how music is distributed, stored, and manipulated than about how it ultimately sounds. Les Garland, one of the founders of MTV and VH-1, has stated that "Technology fueled the growth of the market for music during the time when we pioneered music on cable. The Internet is having a similar effect, tenfold, driving artists and consumers to embrace digital media."
Barry Willis  |  May 09, 1999  |  0 comments
Our report two weeks ago on Grateful Dead Productions and its dispute with MP3 sites was tainted by some bits of misinformation. Dave Rosenberg, webmaster at OtherOnes.net, has pointed out that his site did not receive a cease and desist order, but was asked to remove any Grateful Dead logo. Rosenberg was appreciative of the publicity the issue has received. "Thank you for publishing and making known the problems Deadabase is currently facing from Grateful Dead Productions," he wrote.
Barry Willis  |  May 09, 1999  |  0 comments
The MP3 digital music format continues to gain momentum. Only two weeks ago, Thomson S.A., the international electronics conglomerate (parent of RCA and ProScan), announced a 20% investment in MusicMatch, Inc., the San Diego, California-based maker of management software for the upstart format. Last week Thomson took a further radical stance by announcing RCA's own MP3 player, the Lyra, to a gathering of more than 400 dealers at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
Stereophile  |  May 02, 1999  |  62 comments

Now that we know a little about what you sit in while listening, how about the room you listen in?

Describe the floor in your listening room.
Padded carpet on concrete
34% (67 votes)
Padded carpet on suspended wood floor
27% (52 votes)
Wood floor on concrete
6% (11 votes)
Wood floor, suspended
8% (16 votes)
Area rug on wood
14% (28 votes)
Area rug on concrete
4% (7 votes)
Other . . .
8% (15 votes)
Total votes: 196
Barry Willis  |  May 02, 1999  |  0 comments
Upstart digital audio format MP3 received some heavy-duty validation with the announcement on Wednesday, April 27 by Thomson Multimedia SA that it has made a 20% investment in MusicMatch Inc., a maker of MP3 player and management software. "Jukebox," as the software is known, is used to play, encode, and manage MP3 files. Thomson makes RCA, ProScan, and Thomson brand electronics.
Stereophile Staff  |  May 02, 1999  |  0 comments
The Rounder Records Group, one of the largest independent record labels in the US, has signed on with Liquid Audio for digital music distribution on the Internet. As of April 28, Rounder will offer a substantial portion of its catalog for sale by digital download.
Stereophile Staff  |  May 02, 1999  |  0 comments
Last week, CDDB announced a newly designed, more user-friendly website for its large database of audio CD information. The database resource now provides free information on more than 360,000 CDs, which the company describes as the world's largest online CD music database. There are over 40,000 entries in the classical CD database alone, with rock logging three times as many entries at 126,000. The database gains about 500 new entries every day. Users can search by artist, album, or song title, and then cross-reference titles to other artists or discs.
Stereophile Staff  |  May 02, 1999  |  0 comments
In the latest article to appear in the Archives, Robert Harley comes right out and asks, "How many of you actually read the 'Measurements' sections of Stereophile's equipment reports and understand what's being measured, and why? I suspect that many readers skip over the technical assessment of the reviewed product and make a dash for the 'Conclusion.' "

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