Originally Posted by jerg
If it was a perfect world, headphone reviewers should only qualify if they already have a comprehensive perspective. Meaning, they own or used to own a large cache of headphones in different price ranges, and have auditioned a nearly-exhaustive list of headphones in depth.
The lack of perspective is why the vast majority of published headphone reviews over the Internet are next to useless.
Again.....I don't really agree. I have read many amateur reviews that are great and very helpful. The key is that in the review they identify their experience in the topic and what type of consumer they are. That gives the reader some context of the opinion as well as identifies common ground with other consumers in the same boat.
In fact I have read some amateur reviews that helped me more then a hardcore audiophile review.
I am not a long time audiophile and I have only picked up the hobby recently (noob). So when I read a review that starts with, "I am not an audiophile by any means but I have heard X, Y, Z headphones.." I can Identify with that consumer and I have the context of where their opinion is made from.
So my point is that an amateur review can be very helpful as long as it is written with the criteria that I and others have mention previously in this forum.
I am not trying to argue with you or get you mad. Honestly. I can totally see the point you are trying to make.
I agree with Hoagie when he said, "Nothing is the best in a price range. In your opinion it may be the best under these criteria, but anything that goes beyond that statement says something about the reviewer which is not positive."
Edited by Povell42 - 4/27/13 at 4:32am