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In Reply to: Why so much trashing of Stereophile? posted by nightdoggy on January 14, 2007 at 08:14:11:
...it's because JA and some of the writers read posts here and will respond to the trolls.
I believe that Stereophile has three times the circulation of Stereophile, so more people read it...
THe more that read something the more that are liable to complain....I left out that step if that's what you're asking...if you dont agree with the logic, sorry.
who go apoplectic over the idea of long-term equipment loans, industry pricing, advertising, etc.....
when it comes to reader conspiracy stories. I recall a piece written by the editor of a motorcycle magazine about those who claim their opinions and preferences on reviews are directly swayed by advertising dollars - they are simply shills. Boy, that sentiment (essentially an insult to their integrity) pissed her off!
Unfortunately, however, there are a few unethical guys out there like Aczel who have directly praised (you guessed it) their own financial investment.
And if being involved in the audio industry gets you an occasional discount, so what? I see nothing wrong with that. I also do not believe that any writer I know of would trade a favorable review for a break on some gear.
There is not a lot of bad gear out there these days. The competition is heavy and it does not take long to get a bad reputation.
It's the same with cars. There are no real dogs out there. Back in the '70s you could get a car already rusting out on the lot (Fiat) or a car that simply would not run (Ford Granada). Every maker produced at least one dog in those days.
> I also do not believe that any writer I know of would trade a favorable review for a break on some gear.>
Two reasons you won't see this happen.
First, the writer's credibility is all he has.
And second, the magazine's credibility is all it has - he would be hung out to dry if found out.
Perhaps you remember back in the late 1980s a writer for TAS who was a professional photographer traded a manufacturer some photo work for equipment. He was fired. The policy was any equipment purchases must be done through the magazine (to prevent abuse).
It's only because you believe there is a conspiricy of another sort that you could predict a response like mine....
Did you forget to bring your sense of humor with you into the New Year?
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