Welcome to the second Pacific (∏) Island Audio survey. This one is about audio goals. What attributes are you after in your system? How do you go about achieving those goals, and how close have you come to reaching them? Note: The first four questions are repeated from Survey #1. This is for categorization and analysis. On some questions you may wish there were other options, for instance, in Q#6, "all of the above" would be the best answer, however, forced to make a choice, what is the answer you think is *most important*?

Do you consider yourself an audiophile? *
yes
no


Do you believe tubes or transistors sound better? *
tubes
transistors
no preference


Do you believe digital (CD) or analog (LP) sounds better? *
digital
analog
no preference


How often do you buy/sell equipment, upgrade, or make changes to your system? *
very frequently, many times a year
frequently, at least once a year
infrequently, less than once a year
very infrequently, every three years or less


As an overall goal, what are you trying to achieve? *
a personally tailored sound
an objectively realistic sound


What is most important to you when listening to your system? *
tonal balance
treble
midrange
bass
soundstage/imaging
clarity/detail
dynamics/transients


Where do most systems fall short? *
tonal balance
treble
midrange
bass
soundstage/imaging
clarity/detail
dynamics/transients


How much time and energy do you put into choosing a piece of equipment? *
intensive, numerous sources and auditions over many months
relatively thorough, several sources and auditions
moderate, a few sources and auditions
relatively little, I rely only on my ears


How influential is each of the following in making your decisions? Please choose only one "primary influence." *
primary influencevery influentialmoderately influentialnot very influentialnever an influence
professional reviews
user reviews
friend's recommendations
dealer recommendations
specifications
brochures/webistes/advertising
independent testing
my own research/auditions


When you audition something, how important is each of the following? *
ideal, highly importantvery importantmoderately importantnot very importantnot at all important
using my own familiar recordings
auditioning in a home or home-like environment
auditioning in my own home, with my own components
ample time for the audition
auditioning at a dealership
tradeshow demonstations


How much time do you meed to fully evaluate a piece of equipment? *
minutes
hours
days
weeks
months


Rate the importance of each of these attributes. *
very high priorityhigh prioritymoderate prioritylow prioritynot a priority
tonal balance
treble
midrange
bass
soundstage/imaging
clarity/detail
dynamics/transients


How close have you come to realizing your audio goals? *
not even close
headed in the right direction
just about satisfied
about as close as can be
it's nirvana


How does your system sound relative to live unamplified acoustic instruments? *
doesn't sound very live
sounds fairly live
sounds sometimes live, sometimes not so
sounds almost lifelike
sounds so real it's scary


If you could make one improvement to your system, what would it be? *
improve clarity/detail
improve soundstage/imaging
improve dynamics/transients
improve bass and/or treble extension
improve tonal balance
other, please specify:


How much does cost influence your performance goals? *
Budget overrides, I'll settle for less
I seek the highest value within my budget
I'll stretch my budget for higher performance
Performance trumps budget when it meets my goals
I go for the highest performance regardless of cost


OPTIONAL QUESTION. In the last survey there was a large percentage who had an investment in their primary system greater than $10,000. The following question is for those who fall into that category.

How much do you have invested in your primary system?
$10k to $19.9k
$20k to $39.9k
$40k to $79.9k
$80k or more


* Required Value