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Audio Magazines about the integrity of the 'audio press'.

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That is Aurthur Salvatore, my experience aligns with much of what he says about audio products. I pay no heed to reviewers or reviews of reviewers.

The site is up for a while, they must be true, otherwise the magazines would ask to pull down the remarks.

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I gotta go the other way on this as I look at audio magazines and press as pure entertainment, the same way many people enjoy tabloids ( which I don't so let me draw the line here). Stereophile's measurements in an objective sense are pretty useful if you know what you're looking at. It all goes to hell when the interpretations are written.

 

So the beef is that they ( the audio press) rarely print a negative review?.....or comparisons from uber expensive to entry level? I tend to look at it as after well engineered entry level gear, diminishing returns is exponential. Take an example of Magnepan 1.7's vs Wilson Audio Sophia for example.

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I subscribe to Stereophile and The Absolute Sound.

 

With respect to the comments about Stereophile in the OP's link, it is clear the author of the article has not bothered to actually read Stereophile as of late. Things have changed quite a bit at Stereophile (for the better). It is definitely not perfect but there have been a number of bad/critical reviews and lots of reviews about inexpensive equipment.

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The site is up for a while, they must be true, otherwise the magazines would ask to pull down the remarks.

 

I doubt that you seriously believe the above. Given that what is offered is only opinion and how few people are even aware of the site, IMO it would hardly be worth the time or expense for either Stereophile or The Absolute Sound to do anything about it.

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That site has been around a while It's a good example of someone who is very bitter trying hard to justify their bitterness. Because there happens to be a few nuggets of truth mixed in does not make it anything else.

 

1. Anyone who takes the findings of any reviewer as gospel is setting themselves up to be disappointed.

 

2. Anyone who refuses to read and think about the opinions of at least a few reviewers seriously is being foolish and setting themselves up to loose money.

 

3. Anyone who takes those two opinions to heart without thinking abut them very deeply first is - well- a good customer for bridge salesmen? :)

 

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For me it is not about Stereophile, TAS or other specifics mentioned in particular. It is about - and this is unfortunately the case in many other areas - the way commercialism and other money driven principles creates cloudiness, false expectations and even deception. Of course, many of us can see through this but there is also a big vulnerable and ignorant group of people. And in fact, I don't even blame professional reviewers. Flesh is weak.

 

Call me an idealist, but I crave for a small area in big audioland where I can get honest and useful information. Long time I had the feeling CA was one of these places. Recent posts of the founder (for instance CATV episode 5) make me vigilant....

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+10

 

 

That site has been around a while It's a good example of someone who is very bitter trying hard to justify their bitterness. Because there happens to be a few nuggets of truth mixed in does not make it anything else.

 

1. Anyone who takes the findings of any reviewer as gospel is setting themselves up to be disappointed.

 

2. Anyone who refuses to read and think about the opinions of at least a few reviewers seriously is being foolish and setting themselves up to loose money.

 

3. Anyone who takes those two opinions to heart without thinking abut them very deeply first is - well- a good customer for bridge salesmen? :)

 

-Paul

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I think it is an interesting article and IMHO hits on some very legitimate issues. Whether the personal allegations are true is another story but it wouldn't surprise me.

 

However like one of the other posters stated, I agree these magazines have become more for entertainment to see what the new audio gadget of the month rather than passing on an useful observations.

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