Definitely not getting carried away with the hype, fella as you can tell from my source gear
Just edited my last post with some review stats on the X3ii, Only 5 of the 33 reviewers actually owned the X3ii at the time of their reviews. The other 28 were promotional loaners.
I'm a firm believer of 'putting your money where your mouth is'. Guess I'll stick to word of mouth on the forums. I'll definitely be ignoring the reviews from now on.
Backs out of thread slowly....
So your insinuating that all reviewers who don't own the gear can't be trusted because they are biased towards the manufacturer - yet all owners have no bias - even though we know justification bias exists?
My advice - find reviewers who own same/similar gear that you have yourself, who describe the gear you both share very similarly, who when reviewing look at both the good and bad points of the gear, and above all, the ones who are prepared to do the basics when reviewing and comparing (ie - list their gear, their known preferences and bias, and volume match when making comparisons). Oh - and avoid anyone who talks about night and day differences, and volume matches by ear
Once you find two or three reviewers who meet your criteria - then you know if they have consensus on a piece of gear, you should be pretty safe looking at it more seriously. As always though - there is no substitute for listening yourself.