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post #1636 of 9301

Once common way media reviewers with conflicts of interest deal with negative reviews, is not publishing them. Rather than writing a negative review, you just won't see any review at all. Tyll at Innerfidelity specifically mentioned this as his reason for not reviewing the HE-400s, and it wouldn't surprise me if Jude operated on the same principles.

post #1637 of 9301
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Once common way media reviewers with conflicts of interest deal with negative reviews, is not publishing them. Rather than writing a negative review, you just won't see any review at all. Tyll at Innerfidelity specifically mentioned this as his reason for not reviewing the HE-400s, and it wouldn't surprise me if Jude operated on the same principles.

~Yea, and if everyone did that then we would never know about the bad amps. I suppose that's what these forums are for; people who can voice their opinions without sacrificing their professional integrity. 

post #1638 of 9301

I'm sure that the ragnarok will be stellar.

 

But stellar with your headphone, your music and for your tastes.... well now.... that's another matter entirely.

 

 

post #1639 of 9301
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~Yea, and if everyone did that then we would never know about the bad amps. I suppose that's what these forums are for; people who can voice their opinions without sacrificing their professional integrity. 


I'm a lot less worried about people like Jude, where the conflict of interest is out in the open, than forum members with undisclosed interests that give glowing reviews. There are forum members that get equipment and other forms of compensation and never disclose the fact when they post about a product.

post #1640 of 9301
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I'm a lot less worried about people like Jude, where the conflict of interest is out in the open, than forum members with undisclosed interests that give glowing reviews. There are forum members that get equipment and other forms of compensation and never disclose the fact when they post about a product.
Agreed.
post #1641 of 9301
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It better beat a B22. It's rare that amplifiers are obsoleted, but I don't feel the B22 is worth building anymore. It just isn't very good compared to modern commercial offerings.

Have a few to share that cost similar to building a B22 (fancy enclosure not included)?  Can build a 2-channel for around $400 and a fully balanced for $800.  Genuinely curious.  

post #1642 of 9301
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I'm a lot less worried about people like Jude, where the conflict of interest is out in the open, than forum members with undisclosed interests that give glowing reviews. There are forum members that get equipment and other forms of compensation and never disclose the fact when they post about a product.

I have heard about this before, but only in snippets. I have have never really come across it though - the dark side of headfi. LOL. 

 

Anyway when the Rag does come out I would love to hear it with a pair of Klpisch R7 ii. 

post #1643 of 9301
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I'd probably keep a lid on those expectations until the amp actually starts shipping : not knocking Jude, but I've yet to see him give a seriously critical review of any product...

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Rightly said, even if Jude is out with his review we can expect only positives from him, with all his obligations it would be difficult for him to be an Critic, IMO. 

 

 

As any visitor to my office can attest to, a lot more gear comes through here than I can write (or shoot a video) about. Also, I'm usually on the busier side, and the busier I am, the more I value what time I have for dedicated listening. Admittedly, then, I don't tend to review, post about, or shoot videos about what doesn't impress me, in large part because (a) I don't tend to give stuff I'm not impressed with much of my listening time, and (b) I tend to feel more motivated to talk about (or write about) the stuff that excites me. You are right, then, that I'm certainly more apt to cover stuff I dig.

 

As for obligations: I'm not sure what you're referring to, but I'm assuming you're talking about sponsors. Whether made by sponsors or non-sponsors, I don't say I think something sounds good that I don't think sounds good, sponsor or not. I don't say I think something sounds great that I don't think sounds great, sponsor or not. The gift guide we update twice per year (and that I write most of) contains many products I like and recommend that are made by both non-sponsors and sponsors.

 

When, in two videos (and in the gift guide), I said that I think the Stax SR-009 is the best sounding headphone made (to me, based on what I've heard, and my preferences), I said so because that is indeed my opinion. And Stax isn't a sponsor. Never has been. I don't believe they've ever bought any type of ad here. Which means I think a non-sponsor's product sounds better than anything currently (and perhaps ever) made by our sponsors, and I've said as much several times.

 

We're in the process of shooting a few videos that include products I'm currently enjoying a great deal, including the Abyss AB-1266, Chord Electronics Hugo, Meridian Prime, and KEF LS50's. I don't believe any of these companies has ever sponsored Head-Fi.

 

Regarding the Ragnarok: I'm sorry, guys, that I haven't posted yet. I realized I was spending almost all of my time with it so far with mostly two headphones (the HD 800 and the HE-6); and so I decided to also spend more time with it with the LCD-X, LCD-3, PM-1, and Alpha Dog, just to get a more thorough first impression of it (and that's all I'll have today is a first impression).

 

So far, almost all my use of it has been out of its balanced headphone output, so that's all I'll be posting about at first. I ordered a couple pairs of KEF LS50 (loudspeakers), one of which is to pair with the Ragnarok, but they haven't arrived yet, so I haven't yet tried the Ragnarok's speaker outputs.

 

After I return from the Tokyo Headphone Festival...

 

 

...after more time with the Ragnarok, and after I've had a chance to use the Ragnarok with the KEF LS50's, we'll shoot a Head-Fi TV piece about the Ragnarok.

 

I'll try hard to get those first impressions posted tonight, however. Again, sorry for the delay.

post #1644 of 9301
Actually, the fact that you plan on doing a video about it says quite a lot! Looking forward to it!
post #1645 of 9301
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I realized I was spending almost all of my time with it so far with mostly two headphones (the HD 800 and the HE-6)

And my roof just collapsed after my excitement literally went through it.

post #1646 of 9301

What headphones are these on the above video? I see them quiet often, they look like SR-009, yet aren't the headband doesn't fit!

post #1647 of 9301

That is the new Fostex TH500RP

post #1648 of 9301
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

What headphones are these on the above video? I see them quiet often, they look like SR-009, yet aren't the headband doesn't fit!

 

I think it's the Fostex RP 50?

post #1649 of 9301
Of course there are tubey missile flight paths! They are smooth and analog-like. As opposed to SS-controlled missiles, which follow discontinuous, bitty flight paths and suffer severe digititis. You can clearly hear the difference as they shriek toward you tongue.gif

Oh and nice post btw.
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Remember that tubes were not invented just for audio but for a whole bunch of other applications like guiding missiles. I've never heard of a missile flight path being described as tubey.
post #1650 of 9301

@jude, thank you for your well constructed response, and it wasnt my intent to drag this into a political stoush or offend you. I've been here long enough to know that discussion goes nowhere.

 

For the rest of us, there are probably 4 or 5 longtimers on this board whose initial impressions I'm prepared to place any trust in - the rest will be the usual melange of expectation bias, new toy joy and placebo : not being harsh for the sake of it, but it's one of the reasons good reviewers rarely submit a detailed review (as opposed to first impressions) in anything under 3 months from the day they receive a component. Whether you believe in burn-in or not - and I do - any impressions of gear with less than a hundred hours cant be trusted, IMO, but they'll come thick and fast as soon as head-fiers start receiving their amps. Its entertaining, but if you want more than that I'd suggest that you let that first week of madness subside  ;)

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