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In Reply to: RE: CES has become a major embarrasment for this hobby posted by Sprezza Tura on January 14, 2013 at 16:32:26
Well I'm in the spend $25 max for USB cables camp for video. There is zero diference in video cables and they were tested by video gurus in Canada - there is ZERO measurable difference in ANY and ALL parameters and no one watching could tell the cheapies apart from the very expensive. Zilch.
For audio - at least cables do measure differently - there is "something" there that you can hang your hat to - even if it's outside the supposed audible spectrum. "Selling cables is safer than stealing and easier than working."
Magico has sounded nice - just nowhere near the price points IME. The Acoustic Zen Crescendo is much better than anything I've heard from Magico - better than anything I've heard from Wilson too. Fractions of the price.
That's me calling it like I hear it. Problem is when reviewers say something negative people get on their case - look at Stereophile saying something luke warm (kinda negative) about Bryston - the S hit the fan.
The problem is that people are "afraid" to look bad. People, including reviewers, often wish to placate the masses - and be viewed as part of the club.
If you say something about cables being overpriced or snake-oil you as a reviewer are taking chances of losing most of your readership. The magazines that did are no longer in business! And hey they at least measure differently. USB does not. Still, if it costs $9500 it must be better - it just MUST be cause look at the price.
I met a cable seller who had a terrific professional website selling silver cables. This guy made them in his garage - has no degree in anything, and has a silk screen company putting his label on the skin. People raved about great they are. Whatever - at least he didn't charge obscene prices - but he did drive a new Lincoln and had a big house in prime area of Vancouver Island. Like I said ""Selling cables is safer than stealing and easier than working."
I would love to hear the Acoustic Zen Crescendo in a vinyl setup. It produced the best sound at the 2012 CAS via a digital source.
can you post a link to the study of usb cables?
I don't know what I was thinking yesterday - I was thinking of HDMI cables not USB.
I have nothing to say about USB.
There was a video on the CBC about HDMI but either they took it down or I can't access from Hong Kong.
and most of them are really good ones...
1. Every review is a more detailed review, after the reviewer has already liked the product.
2. Every INDIVIDUAL piece of equipment is part of a complex series of interactions between other pieces of equipment, room, cables, etc etc etc...
3. Reviews often are done in the midst of other reviews, so proper & recommended application of the review sample is not always optimum.
""Problem is when reviewers say something negative people get on their case""
If that is the case, (and I would hope that this would never be), then they are a horrible reviewer. They should only be reviewing gear that they like, applying it properly, and be doing so independently, without any outside influence whatever...
"Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist
Behind his eyes he says, 'I still exist.'"
Why, apart from sleazy commercial reasons, shouldn't a competent reviewer give a POS product an accurate review?
Sometimes the reviewer gets lucky and the POS equipment blows up. Even then excuses seem to be made. IMO the manufacturer should get a one paragraph review stating the obvious. The manufacturer should be on the way to bankruptcy as a result of his inability to deliver working products.
The value of the magazine to the reader is in the information it contains. The information is maximized if half the reviews are positive and half negative. This doesn't happen, because the magazines are not run for the benefit of the readers, but for for sleazy commercial reasons. This has nothing to do with separation of content and advertising. It can be verified simply by observing the mix of positive and negative reviews.
"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar
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