Originally Posted by rds
Censorship is censorship. We don't have to wait to decide whether certain things deserved to be censored. Do we need a benevolent watchdog to decide what we can and can't read or say?
Yes, I think you do. Why? Because there are those who are less interested in the topic being discussed, and more interested in dumping fuel on the fire and reveling in the chaos that ensues.
I'll give you another reason: because the site owner wants this site run the way he wants it run. You are free to disagree with it, but this is not a taxpayer funded, government run site...his house, his rules.
Originally Posted by rds
It might be time to dust off your copy of 1984.
Perhaps you should dust off Lord of the Flies while you're at it...might prove to be instructive. Perhaps a reading of Oliver Twist could help ease your pain by providing perspective.
With regard to the OP, he asserts that he is simply trying to discuss what he thinks must be design issues. He appears to be seeking some basis to justify his decision regarding his amp/issues. Fair enough.
That said, it's also not completely unfair for others to question his motives. He had a bad experience with a RSA amp. He returned the amp and received a refund. To most of us, that's a no harm no foul situation. Not everything works out the way we want it to, and every manufacturer, no matter how careful he is, occasionally produces a unit with issues. I've returned things that just didn't work for me...I'm thinking that most of us have.
What most folks don't then do - assuming there are no ridiculous customer service issues (do a search...there are some nightmarish issues out there) - is actively seek to have others post negative things about that manufacturer - to CREATE an issue - which conveniently supports their decision.
To coin a phrase, I want to have faith in his intentions...but I just don't.
There are some folks who don't like Ray Samuels Audio gear. There are also some who like it very much...I would dare say that there are a lot MORE of the latter. I also feel certain that most manufacturers who are active and/or well represented on this site are in the same boat. I'm not sure I trust anyone's opinion but my own with regard to how an amp sounds - that includes positive AND negative reviews (which, btw, I think carry a weight that is disproportionate to their real value, AND encourage piling on by parties interested only in a flame war). So, I'm ultimately not really sure what community service is performed in starting a thread like this.
As an aside, did I read where the OP paired a Raptor with Sony SA5000's? I'm not so sure that, problems aside, there's not an issue of synergy there. Furthermore, anything I had to say about the Raptor would have little value to the OP, as I simply hate the SA5000's. Just my $0.02...
Finally, with regard to design: so long as it's not a fire hazard, or prone to unreliability, I could care less if the internal circuitry of my amp consists of fish heads, chicken bones and eye of newt...so long as it sounds good to me (and didn't smell bad...though I could live with it if it sounded REALLY good
). I suspect that this is why nobody has stepped forward to "defend" RSA's designs - those who are happy with their RSA products have no need to seek answers in design issues for their dissatisfaction. They are satisfied...end of story.