What reality? YOUR reality? The reality in which you speak for every single person in the world? What makes YOUR opinion more realistic than mine?
I repeat what I had to say in a different thread because of people also attempting to push their reality onto others:
The fact that I have to repeat this here, in my own thread, is profoundly disappointing.
Crin, like others before me have said, we respect your contribution to the hobby.
I know this is your thread and all but I implore you to reconsider what you said in your last post which I think was in poor taste and unbecoming of someone in your position.
No offence but I don't seem to agree with 90% of your placements these days either and I'm definitely not alone. I remember the time when me and my buddies would geek out over your lists but these days we don't even consider visiting your site/blog. We've just had so many bad purchases using this ranking/list/whatever, that we had to eventually stop trusting it.
I can go on about how it started (and yes it started with the Z1R, like for many others) and how it has kept getting worst (Monarch Mkii???? L.O.L.).
The Subjectivity vs. Objectivity debate aside, the very fact that we have widely different anatomies owing to racial, physical and environmental factors, precludes us from having "exactly" similar experiences with external stimuli. Add to this the complexity of taste and the inherent personal biases with music; these lists seem pointless and to make and defend them even more so. While this might be a "fun" and interesting way to pursue this hobby, things get into a different territory when business interests get involved.
You've been doing your reviews/measurements for a while and you've gained popularity. People look to your content for advise (and maybe benefit too) and so it is only natural for someone to feel disappointed after having spent hundreds or thousands of bucks based on these lists only to buy something that ranged from non-agreeable in taste to downright trash.
I know that you've had episodes of disagreement with others before and you have a cookie cutter "disclaimer" in place (which is quite a cozy spot to hide behind when questioned), but it would be nice if you would emphasize the subjective aspects of your choices and declare conflict of interests more openly.
I'm sure people will appreciate this, I'm certain I will. Just a penny worth of constructive criticism. Thanks!