I have subscribed to TAS (and Stereophile... and others) since I was born. OK, that's an obvious hyperbole, but you get my point.
There are some writers who you come to not read, and that's a shame. Each rag seems to have them. They also have writers who's writing is brilliant... always... and whom I completely trust.
I lost all faith in the cred of Mr. Taffel a very long time ago when he showed (in a most egregious way) that he was a (OK, I deleted what I said earlier, cuz it was kind of rough) writer who wasn't thorough.
Now... should the Editor be the final arbiter and screen and guide and shepherd the writers and their columns? Absofrackinglutely. Should there be some fact checking and vetting? Truly.
But this stuff happens, especially with a tool like Taffel. He seems to shoot from the hip and write about things he knows just enough about to get himself into trouble.
But it's unfortunate that this occurs in a rag that many of us hold as gospel.
Absolutely: Just as we like and dislike certain people, we feel the same way about some audio writers. I do find it curious however, that we both feel the same way about Taffel in particular.
I lost all faith in his abilities to even evaluate decent loudspeakers when the bulk of his review of the Marten Audio Django's (a speaker that I am very familiar with) was about his inability to get
them to sound right in his room! He neglected to mention he had just moved into the place, and instead of figuring out basic set-up on his own - he wasted the readers time by oddly bragging about
that inability to set up the loudspeakers!
NOW - I just realized, I never intended my OCCUPY HI-FI series to turn into TAS bashing or anything like it. Nor do I think you're doing that @shane55!!
I'm looking at the high end audio world with fresh eyes these days (as fresh as can be, given my long history there) - because I'm having so much fun in personal audio!!
But while I've been doing that, it seems there's been no real progress on the part of the high end audio industry to initiate would-be audiophiles. Now, I know I've been editorializing
on that for years (for those who didn't know, in my What is the Future of the High End series for Positive Feedback) but it's worse than I thought. The elitism, the separatist ego-maniacal
maniacs that many of the readers admonish. It's astonishing, but admittedly not surprising.
But I can't let that lie.
Or is it time to give up and let it go...
But while I can accept these happens occasionally