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Hi All,

 

      Like many here, I read the 6Moons reviews, and I commend them for covering both the exotic high-end and the more attainable electronic goodies, many of which find their way onto Head-Fi. For all the great eye candy on offer in many reviews, however, I find it annoying that many of the 'reviews' simply come across as an extended plug for the piece of kit in question.  If you know of a single review, esp of a FOTM product, where they have questioned the merits of a piece of kit, please advise.

 

      Without rigorously critiquing gear, the site isnt much more than a (very pretty) advertorial for manufacturers, many of whom are eager to point prospective buyers to a review of their product. Even What Hi-Fi periodically returns an adverse finding on an eagerly awaited new toy .....

 

Thanks,

 

estreeter


Edited by estreeter - 11/4/10 at 4:19pm
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I agree.  6Moons reviews definitely need to be taken with a grain of salt.  I like their reviews for how they often do lots of direct comparison and subjective descriptions.  This is unlike a lot of reviews that use measurements and who try to remain as objective as possible.  For example.  I have an amp that Srajan Eaben uses a lot as a benchmark and so I can usually get an idea of what is going on with the gear he reviews because he will mention it.  They don't use the most outrageously expensive gear as benchmarks, but rather more esoteric gear.  I guess I like their tastes more than something like Stereophile or What Hifi. 

 

I know this doesn't really answer your question re: FOTM.  But I thought it was a good post because 6Moons is not as talked about as other hifi and review "periodicals." 

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I do not know if this applies to 6Moons, but some reviewers will not publish largely negative reviews to avoid embarrassing the manufacturer. Audio reviewing is a pretty civilized endeavor. They decline to publish a review at all in that circumstance.

 

I remember an Eaben review that pitted a Nelson Pass FirstWatt piece against an Alan Kimmel Modwright amp. I did not envy him that task. No one would ever want to say anything negative about either genius. It ended very diplomatically.


Edited by Clarkmc2 - 11/4/10 at 8:42pm
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They all have there hands in each others pockets.

 

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I do not know if this applies to 6Moons, but some reviewers will not publish largely negative reviews to avoid embarrassing the manufacturer. Audio reviewing is a pretty civilized endeavor. They decline to publish a review at all in that circumstance.

 

I remember an Eaben review that pitted a Nelson Pass FirstWatt piece against an Alan Kimmel Modwright amp. I did not envy him that task. No one would ever want to say anything negative about either genius. It ended very diplomatically.



 Part of the test (I hope) would have been which could fry an egg the fastest,and how close you could get to it before suffering heat exhaustion.

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Srajan himself says that they look closly at a object before deciding to review. They purposefully try and find gear that at least on paper looks like a good deal, including price, options, usability, tech specs, and all manner of other qualities. If they don't think a object will represent a good review, they don't give it one. Why review bad gear?
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We should actually try and remember that there isn't actuall a lot of bad gear out there, we may not find it to our taste, but it's likely not a bad piece of gear.
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 6Moons reviews definitely need to be taken with a grain of salt.



A grain of salt? More like a pound of it.

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Srajan himself says that they look closly at a object before deciding to review. They purposefully try and find gear that at least on paper looks like a good deal, including price, options, usability, tech specs, and all manner of other qualities. If they don't think a object will represent a good review, they don't give it one. Why review bad gear?


Another reason why this is generally how it is done is... These writers are not like critics. Critics are paid to review what is available and give an opinion on whether or not it is worth buying/attending/owning. Audio reviewers are generally fellow enthusiasts who write about gear they would recommend. That they would not mind using themselves.

 

The vitriol often found in critical reviews of media is usually a product of a writer too taken with himself or possessed with massive personality issues. I find it embarrassing to see these people letting everyone know in public what turkeys they are.

 

In audio, the place where this is usually found is online in forums where one is allowed to be anonymous. Most often on forums where younger members predominate. Sorry, Head-Fi.

 

Clark


Edited by Clarkmc2 - 11/5/10 at 11:45am
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The only time I'll read a review anymore is to find the sentence or two of useful information that I can't find elsewhere for whatever reason.  I know they don't hear what they write.  Most of the full fledged reviews on this forum are just as bad; I find short impressions to be much more honest.

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A grain of salt? More like a pound of it.



Salt?

I prefer my 6 Moons reviews with psychoactive substances.
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We should actually try and remember that there isn't actuall a lot of bad gear out there, we may not find it to our taste, but it's likely not a bad piece of gear.


Ehhh this is so far from the truth that is isn't even funny.  In fact a lot of gear out there is badly designed crap stuck in a fancy box and with a high price tag. 

 

As for 6moons, they are beyond useless. 

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@Uncle Erik

 

LOL

 

The drinkable sort i hope...


Edited by Amarphael - 11/5/10 at 1:23pm
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@Uncle Erik





 





LOL





 





The drinkable sort i hope...



Duuuuuuuuude...

I... like... see colors... in the music, man.

That's the only way some of those reviews make sense.

And, yes, I do enjoy a drink or several now and then.
Edited by Uncle Erik - 11/5/10 at 1:56pm
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Duuuuuuuuude...

I... like... see colors... in the music, man.

That's the only way some of those reviews make sense.

And, yes, I do enjoy a drink or several now and then.

Only every now and then?  Thats why its in liquid form, to be enjoyed with every meal!
 

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