Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Any threads still around from back then, like to read up on the BS.
The BS? Just read his blog site, really - none of it tells you anything without a challenge first, or claims that others don't know what they're doing or have done it wrong. He decided to make his name first by throwing mud on NuForce and crucifying AMB's Mini3. He didn't know how to properly connect up a 3-channel amp for testing (Mini3), so measured some ridiculous cross-talk and then claimed the design was crap. Meanwhile, he designs an amp with the volume pot in-between the gain stage and the buffer stage (a ready-made disaster for clipping) and tells everyone to be careful about the signal strength from sources (like any of us have any control over that) - and everyone accepts it like it's just rudimentary advice not to touch the power plug blades when connecting into the wall. Granted, his stuff measures pretty good, but under his conditions (Tyll's too, I have to admit). All the while, he could've gone about things in an entirely different way that didn't alienate a bunch of people (including entire forums).
Me personally? I like Head-Fi, I support Head-Fi. Does that mean I haven't had disagreements with Jude and the admins? NO - I've had entire threads deleted. Still, I've thought about it, tried to put myself in Jude's shoes, and then came back each time.
Heck - look at this very section - "Introductions, Help and Recommendations." Initially, I had my doubts. Some of this seems to perpetuate the FOTM trend in that excited people tend to want to excite others and what better place to influence than a section for innocent beginners? Still, the effort by Jude and Head-Fi is commendable. That's why I try to interject with my own posts from time to time. I'm not saying I know as much as anyone else, but maybe I can contribute something from the years I've been in DIY and honestly trying to help people. Yes, I'm a MOT - but if you think I'm making a killing, you're mistaken. It's always been a way to finance my hobby.
P.S. Some of that is rhetorical. I know I wasn't accused of anything. Just trying to anticipate a bit.
Edited by tomb - 7/18/13 at 7:09pm