Originally Posted by Radio_head
They are a marketing tool. That is all.
They are not unique in this manner, as most audiophile publications and websites are funded by the products they end up reviewing and contain almost no constructive criticism or meaningful data other than what's fed to them by the manufacturers.
I find that most of these websites have similar designs like trustedreviews or legit reviews....the majority of their audio reviews talks about how everything sounded better. No dip it did, it's a DAC and amp(what I usually look at) so unless it was terrible, it would of course be better than laptop out. Now tell me how it compares to others in it's class, and I want a page on it's sonic qualities, what you liked, your own subjective preferences and etc. None of those sites ever had those. ಠ_ಠ
There are some scores that I do agree with from what hifi and others........but those are few.
I won't say most audiophile publications, how about most publications that try to review audiophile stuff? Innerfidelity imo and Tyll's parent company have some great articles. Sure we or I may not agree on some views but they can back it up a lot and always add a lot of data including that they personally liked it and etc.
I do not take the word of any of these sites:
Cnet (unless by Guttenburg, who is not affiliated with Cnet, just a guest writer)
if they are on audio.
Edited by bowei006 - 8/2/12 at 10:59pm