A Better Browsing Experience

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, we’ve made some changes to the homepage and the navigation menu bar at the top of every page. We want to continue providing our users with the best possible experience for browsing, buying, and selling high-end audio equipment and music – and these changes are a big push in that direction.

Here’s a summary of what’s coming your way:

1. Improved Homepage Content

The homepage should be an enjoyable place to visit – somewhere you can expect new and exciting content. We’re aiming to make it just that.

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2. Improved Navbar Design

In order to make the navigation menu bar more useful and suited for growth, we rebuilt the dropdown menus from the ground up. Each navbar dropdown now has plenty of content, in an easy-to-use (and easy-to-read) presentation.

Discover is where you’ll find curated listing categories and other content that we think you’ll love.

Explore is where you’ll come to see all the different facets of Audiogon – Forums, Virtual Systems, Bluebook, etc.

Learn is where you’ll, well…LEARN. We’ve built several pages for the purposes of educating our users on what all we have to offer and how to best leverage our resources. By keeping you in the know, we can ensure you have the best buying and selling experience possible.

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3. Consolidated User Links

Instead of finding links in different places that are your links, you can now find any user-related links under your user dropdown.

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4. New Today

We know that you love New Today, so we want to give it the attention it deserves. You can now find New Today prominently displayed on the homepage. But don’t worry, it’s still available in the navbar as well, so that you can access it easily from anywhere on the site.

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What’s New with Audiogon Virtual Systems

We’ve completely rebuilt Audiogon Virtual Systems into a standalone application and added tons of new features. Here’s a quick overview.

We preserved all data

We’ve already migrated all Virtual Systems to the new app. Users with existing systems don’t need to do anything.

Categories are now Tags

vs_4We kept the Categories you’re used to, but now you can also add your own. Tags are a great way to add searchable keywords to your system.

New system builder

vs_5We’ve made it easier than ever to add components, images and descriptions to your Virtual System.

Favorites

vs_6Have a favorite system that you’d like to keep track of? Add it to your Favorites and we’ll let you know when it’s updated.

Notifications

vs_1We’ll let you know if someone comments on your system or adds it to their Favorites.

What’s New with Audiogon Forums

Audiogon’s Forums are being modernized. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s changing and what’s staying the same.

We preserved all data

We’ve already migrated all your old posts and replies. You won’t lose anything.

Updated, but familiar user interface

We’ve designed the new Forums to feel familiar while incorporating modern design and user interface practices. The result is something you’re used to that looks and works better.

You can now “mention” users by name

mentioningPrepending an “@” sign to a member’s username will alert them that they’ve been mentioned. Other users will be able to click their name to view their profile.

Advanced search

searchingIn addition to the search methods you’re used to, you can now search within Titles only or filter your results by username.

Notifications

notificationsWe’ll notify you when threads that you have created or participated in receive new activity or when someone mentions your username in a post.

Rich-Text Editor

text-editorNo more proprietary markup tags for formatting your text. Our new editor makes basic text editing easy.

Audiogon is Mobile

 

 

Audiogon is now Mobile! SHOP using any device, anytime, anywhere.

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The next time you visit Audiogon.com you’ll notice we’ve got a new look. Here’s a quick overview of what has been updated.

A New Universal Header

The first thing you’ll notice on the homepage is that we’ve integrated a new Universal Header.  That will allow you to have the same look across the Marketplace and Bluebook. Coming this year, the Universal Header will be consistent in Virtual Systems and Forums.

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We have moved the SIGN UP and LOG IN buttons above the navigation bar.  You will also notice that the Audiogon logo is now a drop down that will help you navigate to Forums, Bluebook and Virtual Systems.

You will also notice once you have logged in you now have the option to upload an Avatar. The Avatar can be a picture you would like to represent you.

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To upload your Avatar simply click on Edit Your Account and you will see the section to personalize your Avatar.  Once you set an Avatar here it will follow you to Bluebook and Forums and Virtual systems as they become available.

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When viewing this on your mobile device you will notice some layout updates.

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If you are viewing us on mobile devices you will notice a few changes.

  1. NEW TODAY is now one of the squares.
  2. To view our categories simply click here.untitled
  3. To access Buy, Sell and Your Account information click here.

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What’s next?

We are working on bringing you updated responsive Forums and Virtual Systems. You will be able to use them on any device anywhere.  Audiogon will have seamless mobile experience across all of our platforms.

A New Look for Audiogon.com

The next time you visit Audiogon.com you’ll notice we’ve got a new look. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s changed.

Ending Today, Amazing Deals and Hot Items

The first thing you’ll notice on the homepage is that we’ve introduced several new ways to quickly find listings that are about to expire, that are offered at prices significantly below retail or that are getting lots of attention.

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Over time we’ll be introducing additional filters to pique your inner audiophile.

Featured Listings

Featured listings are now presented as a tile that showcases the default photo and the details that matter, leaving the description for the listing detail page. We’ve also introduced “infinite scrolling” so when you hit the bottom of any page that displays Featured listings we’ll keep loading more until we run out.

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Prefer the tried and true, classic layout for Featured listings? Don’t worry, you can switch back with a single click to switch from tile to list view. We’ll even remember your preference for your next visit.

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Browse by Category

Remember the list of categories that used to appear down the left side of the homepage? We moved it into the navigation bar under Browse so now you can access it from any page.

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myAudiogon

What used to be called “My Page Home” is now myAudiogon. Click on your name when logged in and you’ll be presented with listings we think you’ll like. You can also keep tabs on items you’re watching. The items you’re buying or selling are on a new page called Dashboard, which you can access from the dropdown that appears under your name or from the sidebar links when viewing myAudiogon.

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What’s next?

We’re already hard at work on some very exciting new features for sellers that we’ll be revealing towards the end of the summer. Stay tuned!

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In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out some exciting new features for browsing and discovering the best of what’s available in the Audiogon marketplace. One of these new features is called myAudiogon.

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So what is myAudiogon? Well, we’re hoping that it’s going to be an essential tool for finding the audio equipment you’re looking for (and the stuff you didn’t know you needed).

myAudiogon is constantly working in the background to figure out what interests you (based on your activity at Audiogon.com) and will make intelligent recommendations accordingly. All you have to do is indulge your inner audiophile by searching, viewing, watching, buying and bidding…it’s that simple!

As excited as we are about myAudiogon, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got several other new features coming soon including an upgrade for Featured listings and an enhanced browsing experience that makes it easier than ever to see what items Audiogon users are most excited about, the best deals available in the marketplace and items that are ending soon.

Featured Member – Midiverb

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Midiverb’s listening room

Treating a listening room can be quite an undertaking, just ask Audiogon member Midiverb.  As a home improvement contractor, he already has the experience and skills to design a great space. Like many audio enthusiasts, though, Alex discovered that there are several ways to enhance the room for better sound reproduction.

Taking the time to learn about acoustics was key in this endeavor.  Tacking up some diffuser panels and bass traps without the proper knowledge is a sure-fire way to drive you crazy!  He figured that a mature, methodical approach is the best attitude when trying to get the most bang for your buck.

With these components to work with, Alexander dove into the project.

Turntable: Marantz -TT 15 with Clear Audio wood cartridge
SACD Player: Marantz – SA11S2 Reference Series
AMP: Marantz- PM15S2 Reference Series Integrated AMP
Phonostage: Fosgate Signature
Speakers: Sonus Faber Luto
Power: PS Audio Premier Power Plant
Speaker and Interconnects: Analysis Plus

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We think he ended up with a gorgeous result – we only wish we could hear it for ourselves!

Audiogon: How did you enter this hobby or how did you come to understand that you weren’t just a casual listener anymore?

Midiverb: Well, I really never was a casual listener. I am a professional musician, and listening to the music was always a big thing for me. Back in the day (in Russia) I was listening to vinyl as well as reel-to-reel. My equipment was pretty decent during that time, but I didn’t take it with me when I moved to the U.S.A.   Of course, after moving, I was limited to the music in my car or some cheap radio, and other things drew my focus, so I stopped listening all together.

About two years ago, I was introduced to this one gentlemen. He is a very serious music lover, and I was invited to his place to listen to some great jazz albums. I saw his equipment (it is a great setup). After spending some time there, I re-discovered how much I enjoyed good sound reproduction. With his help and advice, I started to read about hi-fi equipment. I explored audio shops to listen to different equipment.  Over the last two years, I’ve changed every unit in my system, and now it’s time to stop and enjoy.

Audiogon: Treating a room can definitely be an all-consuming project – can you describe the steps you took?

Midiverb: Well, I used the old-fashioned way to do that. I was clapping all over the room, trying to hear where the echo comes from, and where it goes. I’ve used some basic bass traps in all corners and treated the back wall as it was also problematic. So, basically speaking, I went with my ears.

Audiogon: If you could only choose one room treatment, which would you choose? i.e. Which treatment has made the most difference in your space.

Midiverb: I have to say that bass traps made most of the difference in my room. Due to the laminated floors, the bass was jumping all over the place creating so-called “one note bass.” These little guys help a great deal.

Audiogon: What do you listen to mostly?

Midiverb:  I listen mostly to Jazz. I also love Brazilian music.

Audiogon: What is your favorite time of day to listen?

Midiverb:  I love to listen at night.

Audiogon: If you could go anywhere in the world at any time in history or present, which artists or composers would you like to meet and where?  Describe your perfect audiophile evening

Midiverb: I would love to meet Chick Corea. He is one of my all time favorite piano players. A Blue Note café in the NY City would be the ideal place.

A perfect audiophile evening is to spend it with another enthusiast listening to a “new” jazz record. Although I do enjoy listening to the music by myself, it is always better to share it with somebody who can appreciate both the music and the sound quality. We are building these nice systems, creating listening rooms, etc. This is, if you will, a sort-of art, really. You have to be able to share art. It is so much better to enjoy it with someone else.