Originally Posted by Chodi
Stereophile only reviews products they request. Most often someone from the manufacturer needs to hand carry the sample and meet with them in Santa Fe to get an audience (which I have personally done several times). They already have a relationship with many companies who's products they tend to review. Some are advertisers. Once in a great while they will request a review sample from a new company but always as a result of a meeting and first listen at CES. The days of just dropping a personal call to John Atkinson for a review are long over. I give them credit as they try really hard to maintain their objectivity. A company like Yulong with little representation outside China has no chance unless the product received a major market buzz in the USA.
Exactly. And to be honest, it doesn't make all that much sense for Stereophile to give coverage to companies like Yulong, Audio GD, Eddie Current, Questyle, etc. These companies all have merit but lack the sort of mainstream buzz that helps sell magazines.
This is something we struggle with at InnerFidelity from time to time. Although we have a different model than Stereophile and can more easily review items from smaller or lesser known brands, we have to balance that out with more well known stuff too - else we become thought of as a niche website for underground gear.
My review of the new Yulong D200 will be posting at Headphone.guru rather than InnerFidelity or HeadFi. All prior Yulong gear I've tried has been covered here, which made the most sense at the time. But the D200 seems to be a timely enough product considering the price and features, and the editors there were willing to give it a shot. But then again I consider Headphone.guru to be somewhat more of an underground type site in the first place, what with all the music reviews and such. Different focus than InnerFidelity, though some crossover exists.
Anyway, getting back on point - most manufacturers never give you any measurements beyond a few basics. Output impedance and power capabilities of headphone amps are mentioned in vague terms (if at all). I'd say Yulong is ahead of the curve when it comes to informing buyers. But as always, you decide who you trust.