Originally Posted by Inks
Even though you've mentioned you're open to criticism, the later posts here seem to indicate otherwise to Rin's case. Yes, Rin writes in technical terms that for certain users it can be hard to follow, but he is quite coherent in what he says, though at times it can be open to interpretation (as it can be with writing in general). He disagrees with some tuning approaches taken and then is skeptical after your positive review which was released in conjunction with the article. Skepticism like this should be welcomed, despite disagreement. The MH1 actually shows to perform well overall in his analysis, minus the bass.
I think you are confusing 'open to criticism' with 'must agree to another person's opinion'. I have no problem if Rin find the 6dB to be problematic, I merely provide the reason why I think a 6dB bass bump shouldn't always be an issue to all IEM all the time. Here is the posts I have made about the the 6dB theory.
Originally Posted by ClieOS
I could be wrong at this since Rin's article isn't exactly normal English writing, but I think the 6dB discussion is a little blew out of proportion some time - No, I am not saying he doesn't have a good ground to make those claims, but MH1 isn't exactly tuned for reference sounding in the first place
. It was supposed to strike a good balance between your average, more bass carving casual listener and those of us who are more critical in music listening. The final tuning is actually done with feedback from both musician and normal user alike, and they might or might not looking for a reference sound, but rather an more enjoyable sound. I don't think anyone can deny that there are more casual listener out there than there will be critical listeners x 100. Even among audiophiles, not everyone is looking for a reference sound and that's why not every top-end IEM / CIEM follow the same ideal curve Etymotic is using, and less so on a headset that is not trying to be reference sounding from the beginning. If there is an IEM maker claiming they have the most accurate sounding IEM in the world, then the 6dB discussion will be more relevant
- or we can all start to proclaim if an IEM is not reference flat, it is not worth listening.
But then again, tuning theory is not what I have a problem with Rin - If you were called a shill when you are not, should you welcome it or defend yourself? Note that he is not being sceptical about me being a shill, he is claiming me as one (even though not in the direct wording of 'shill', but any English speaker should understand what "affiliated blog blatantly advertising the IEM"
Should we call DSnuts a shill as well? He posted much more recommendation over MH1C than I do. Maybe he is secretly paid by Sony, unlike me who posted PUBLICLY that I received sample from them and has been working with one of the engineer on an article? I must be the stupidest shill ever
Seriously though, Rin isn't the first to call me a shill and probably won't be the last one. I have prised many other IEM before and there are other who have disagreed and called me out because of the disagreement. But there is a fine line between a person's voicing his agree/disagreement and just straight out calling another person shill because you don't share his opinion. I think as a prominent reviewer in his own right, Rin should have paid more respect to his power as a reviewer.Edited by ClieOS - 11/11/12 at 8:24pm