There is no doubt they receive a nice bonus for publishing an article of specific companies.
I don't want to imply anything, but it's just how I feel. I bet I'd think differently if Inner Fidelity actually picked up the pace and make batch reviews with comparisons. There is so much happening right now and very few products receive attention - and then they get praised.
This is what's happening now: "Hey I know I haven't covered any of the past 30 big releases, but here's a new product I want to show you. I'm the first to have it and it's going straight to the hall of fame! Remember, reviews are always subjective."
If by bonus you mean getting headphones for free, I basically couldn't care less. I've got more headphones than I could possibly use, and on my leasure time I ride motorcycles and listen very little. Turn your hobby into a profession and you've got to get another hobby.
I listen to and measure probably 10 headphones for every one I write about. I'm focused on finding stuff people would like, and other than having the measurements and making a comment in my monthly update, I simply couldn't care less about mediocre headphones. The only negative reviews I do is when one of the major players makes a crap can that might get wide-spread attention. Then I feel the need to warn people off. (Audeze mfg problems, Focal Spirit One problems, Meridian high output impedance, Ultrasone crap).
Other than a few cases (Fidelio X1, Noontec Zoro, maybe a few others) I rarely am the first, or even in the top ten, publication to review a headphone. In fact, a LOT of my reviews are about headphones that have been around for years (580/600/650, 800, 880, and many others). Because InnerFidelity is only two years old, I have a lot of catch up work to do reviewing cans that are old, but great.
Your above post is a total fabrication made up in your own head.
But when Inner Fidelity started, people were expecting the honest headphone source, highlighting flaws to producers and customers alike.
And, TBH, you can't tell me you don't know which power IF has to feature any product and thus help a company out a lot. It's normal people will lose faith. However, this has nothing to do with me, I am just the voice of many and you can take it as a warning or a foolish remark or whatever. Just have a look at the last articles: Win a Ferrari headphone, single amp (awarded), v-moda advertisement, sony line-up (wall of fame), philips inear (wall of fame), philips headphone (wall of fame), mini unknown DAC with focus on company information (awarded), another company boosted and awarded, ...
If you would respond everytime somebody thinks IF loses credibility, you won't have time to write any articles anymore.
It is THE honest headphone source, that's why I've writen articles on Meridian, Audeze, Focal, Ultrasone; and it's why I spend a significant amount of time measuring headphones.
You are just "the voice of many!?" Says who? That's awful presumptuous.
The Ferrari SWEEPSTAKES is not a review, it's a sweepstakes that gets coordinated by the Home Tech group of which I'm a part. You'll notice that there's a similar Ferrari sweepstakes post on both Stereophile and AudioStream websites. These are done by the group, I don't post them, I have no idea what's coming up, I have nothing to do with them.
Advertising is not placed on the page with any person's conscious intent. In fact, ads rotate, if you go back to the same page it will have different ads on it. (Though it's possible that casching may cause the ads to remain the same.) Your point is invalid.
Yes, responding to you is a waste of my time, except it borders on slander and I feel the need to respond.
Inner Fidelity is a blog promoting a very few selected products. Be it a time management issue or whatever, it is what it is.
It's not how IF started and they tried hard to stay as objective as possible - which is what this community needs. We - the normal users - do not have the possibility to compare with dozen different IEMs. That's why we appreciate Tyll for what he does.
As for awarding (wall of fame = best of the best) the new Philips Fidelio IEM: Joker has not reviewed, nor compared them in his Multi-IEM Review thread. Now why would I trust an article that is just a few posts below two advertisements? Excuse me, my bad!
Exactly. I'm one person and have limited time, so I try to find stuff that satisfies peoples listening desires.
It's how InnerFidelity started and it hasn't changed one bit, in terms of strategy. Tactics have morphed a bit, and will continue as I learn to do the job better.
Advertising is what pays for the work to create the content. Many IF ads are placed on the page contextually by Google Ads servers. Yes, your bad, that's the way things work, so what? (Rhetorical, don't bother answering.)
That's the whole point of trying to become and remain a trusted source: so that people can feel comfortable buying on one opinion. And that's why Joker writes for me: I trust his opinion. When I get IEMs in I simple measure them, give them a quick listen, and then send them off to Joker so that he can decide whether they worth writing about.
I have written a review* of a product I liked. I tried to be objective, but I guess I was a little enthusiastic - the condition is probably best known as New Toy Syndrome, you should know it very well.
That company contacted me after and sent me a gift to my surprise!
That same company is on your wall of fame.
* I posted said review elsewhere, not on Head-Fi.
Source Interlink Media has strict rules about gifts. I don't receive gifts. I do get headphones for free, but mainly because: 1) I ask to keep it for further comparisons, particularly if they're on the Wall of Fame, or 2) Most headphones cost to the companies that send them to me is so low it's cheaper to let me keep them than have them shipped back and reprocessed. (Not true in the case of cans over about $300-$500.)
Headphones that I have that I don't need go in a box in the closet. The stinkers get thrown in the trash. The half way decent ones in the box sometimes get given to the kids in my neighborhood for their birthdays and such. I NEVER sell them of give them away to any monitary or personal advantage. (Well, the neighborhood kids like me, but that's mainly because they know my back yard can be part of the territory used in their war games.)
I find your tone and posts presumptuous, misleading, nonsensical, and uninformed in the extreme.
I simply couldn't continue my work this day without responding to try to clarify what the truth is. My apologies for the off-topic drift.
Edited by Tyll Hertsens - 5/3/13 at 10:03am