I was approached by a company who saw me on Head-Fi to be part of a group evaluating and reviewing new products. They had a product they wanted me (and a group of other Head-Fi regulars) to evaluate and review. It was still in production and they wanted feedback to refine it. I figured what the heck and agreed to do it and I set aside time to do a good job of it. I did my basic tests and communicated with the lead designer on the first product. He listened and let me know what they were aiming for. When the product was released, I posted my test results and gave it an overall good review. The second product was already designed. They just sent me one and asked me to review it. It was overpriced and not mac friendly and didn't sound better than anything else on the market... even products that cost a quarter of the price. I posted an honest review. I never heard from that company again. I guess I shouldn't have expected to. The moral of the story is that companies do give out free stuff to influencers here. And if the influencer gives good reviews, they continue to get free stuff. If they tell the truth, that is the end of their reviewing career. If you wanted free stuff, what would you do? If you want facts, look at measurements. If you want sales pitch, read the words wrapped around the facts. Nowadays, I skip over the words.