- Apr 30, 2004
Head-Fi is usually my go-to place for audio reviews because of the depth of experience of many users with multiple models and the lack of commercial influence. But lately it seems that all the headphone/IEM reviews I've seen are chuck full of comments like 'I needed to add brand x cables to open up the soundstage' or 'a set of silver cables really helped bring out the high end' or 'these IEMs really show the extra detail present in a 192/24 track' or... well, you get the idea. If the reviewer is so, err, I'll just say 'imaginative' to keep it polite, how do you trust anything else they might say? Does anyone have a list of trusted reviewers that actually have even a basic technical knowledge of audio, or at least enough self-awareness to know what they are likely really hearing and not some placebo effect? Or we just try to get whatever general consensus we can out of multiple reviews while trying to overlook the nonsense?