Originally Posted by doublea71
LMAO@Strangelove - that is an amusing pattern you've found in his reviews and the guy sounds like he can't be honest or maybe he won't have any more high-ticket gear sent his way...oh the tangled web we weave, right? Makes me think about the CNET fiasco at CES...
Edited for a miniscule grammar error.
Bingo. There's a weird relationship between audiophile boutique gear, the magazine reviewers, and customers who buy the gear. Boutiques rely on reviews to make a name, the magazines rely on gear/ads from boutiques to stay in business, and worse of all, well-heeled audiophiles (who arguably hold the power to end the entire futile cycle) rely on the reviews to artificially prop up their egos and purchasing habits. It's like a delicate circle jerk that nobody is allowed to interrupt. Thankfully, I'm too poor to afford most of the stuff in those kinds of mags, so I don't have to worry about it. It makes for good entertainment though, but I imagine not the kind of entertainment the publishers have in mind. I didn't know about the CNET fiasco, but a quick Google search has caught me up. It reads familiar.