Originally Posted by Shaikoten
Of course none of my "research" is first hand lab research, as I don't have the deepest pockets around My "research" is comprised basically of trying out all of the players I can, and gathering lots and lots of independent reviews (from average people, not professional reviewers), looking at the specs, and taking into consideration the future of the device. So far, hands down, the Karma is the best portable music device I've seen, while the iAudio X5 and iRiver H340 are very close to each other in terms of overall features. The iPod is nice in terms of the click wheel navigation, but I still much prefer the Karma's scroll wheel.
same as "independent" reviews, as people do read professional reviews
themselves and aren't as immune to marketing ploys as you seem to
be. While your approach is obviously so much more than sheer reliance
on "word of mouth," it does not (imo) warrant the air of total neutrality
or objectivity your posts appear so confidantly to imply. Perception
colored by personal preferences (which in turn may be colored by
collective perceptions which in turn...you get the point) dominates our
buying decisions. That's a consumer's fate living in an information
saturated society like ours, and there is no escaping it: even our
so-called "needs" can be just desires under influence and shaped
tastes, and this is where I find the original poster's words to have their
ring of truth, so to speak.