Originally Posted by Inks
Why is there a feeling of trying to discredit the review? Yes, even your favorite BAs have flaws and are not always perceived so favorably. Basically the review said the BA200 needs more bass and less sibilance, which could be true for some and shouldn't be a big deal. Do I agree? No, based on the graphs , but they have solid grounds to stand by as it does have less bass and more sibilance compared to the BA100. Could easily see the GR10 having more 6-9k in the treble compared to the 200s, yet it's not as sibilant as the reviewers were saying of the BA200. Still, there is the benefit of doubt if you squeeze in possible tip resonance or recordings.
Keep up the good work and if you could squeeze in time, try to graph each iem with different sets of tips. Your impedance difference graphs are very helpful by the way.
I fully admit to having initially felt slighted when the original guy linked the review and basically implied that I was perhaps getting the worst deal of all by proclaiming that the BA200 was a very good earphone. I was probably wrong to have just gone and attacked an article by saying it was full of crap without contacting the author first. Interestingly, the author found us, presumably having felt the need to defend his own words from the salvos I initiated.
Whatever the impetus was, Mr. Butterworth is a contract journalist; he's perhaps not getting paid enough for his services to warrant more effort into a review, and I didn't know beforehand that writing for S+V wasn't his day job. I can sympathize with him; if I poured every ounce of passion and care into every patient that I saw, I wouldn't last a year in my chosen profession. However, I'm also in a field where anything but the best possible care will be met with severe repercussions, far greater than criticism from the readership of a magazine. For us, the call of duty is exactly that; for us, we can't rise to a baseline level because above and beyond is what is constantly expected of us. In the same vein, Sound and Vision Magazine is nevertheless a mainstream publication that sees circulation far greater than what this review, or any other one on Head-Fi will ever see. Thus, an article like this can and will be linked to this forum for further discussion. Every comma, semicolon, and ellipsis will be examined and analyzed.
At the end of the day, a review is a review, and nothing is as perfect as it should be. Mr. Butterworth's is not, and neither is mine. Just as I cannot possibly provide measurement data to anyone, neither of us can possibly cater to the needs of all. The BA200 has its flaws, too. I just happen to disagree with S+V about their interpretation and listed my reasons. The stark, contrasting views between the S+V review and other, current and past users of the BA200 highlight exactly why audio is such a personal endeavor.
A last note to Mr. Butterworth: I think your article, despite my opposition to it, was very helpful in helping prompt further discussion of the BA200 and I certainly mean no ill will toward you nor anyone else with opposing views. I trust that we've helped you figure out ways to better prepare your reviews, and I'm sure you'll do a better job next time around.