Post by geebo on Aug 23, 2013 14:16:43 GMT -5
Actually, first, can I just say, Ed, I don't get you sometime. I mean I have tremendous respect for you and think you're a character, but you're a hard man to nail down. Clearly you love Emotiva, you're what I've dubbed in the office as a super fan. Don't take that as a knock, believe me, high-end companies this industry over would kill for a customer spokesperson like you. I mean that. If more folks in this hobby were like you -okay maybe not JUST like you -it (the hobby) would likely be stronger for it. All that aside, I'm perplexed by your response to the Carver review. Now that Carver is a) part of the Emotiva family and b) has seen its prices slashed by half in most cases, I would think, despite maybe not liking tubes, that you'd see them (Carver products) in a similar light as you do Emotiva. I'm not saying that the Carver products should be given a "pass" based solely on their affiliations, but tube vs. solid state aside, there is a market for them (tubes) and to each their own. I suppose you're just voicing your opinion, and that's cool, it's just that the tone took me by surprise. If I misinterpreted your intentions then please excuse me.
Okay, back to what I really wanted to discuss. Professional reviews.
I'm of two minds when it comes to professional reviews, which is especially difficult for me given that, well, I'm a professional reviewer in some circles. On the one hand, for many they are a valuable resource for many and on the other, they can be complete and utter BS. Moreover, as time passes, I believe the need or importance of professional reviews are going to fall more and more by the wayside in favor of true user experience(s) like those shared on sites like this. I've said this for years, which why I was never that popular in certain circles. At the end of the day, what with sites like Yelp and the like -not to mention specialty forums such as this -who's opinion is likely going to carry more weight? The guy who gets everything sent to him for free, or Tom (fake name), a father of three earning $60K, who saved up to buy the one AV item a year he can afford. Tom's feelings towards said product, even if he isn't the biggest audiophile or greatest writer, are likely going to carry more weight in the long run for, well, others will relate. No one, and I mean this, no one relates to Sr. Editor What's His Nuts who says you have to drop everything and buy Wilson MAXXs because he did.
All that being said, colorful adjectives, while sometimes silly, do have their place. They may not resonate with more knowledgeable folks like all of you reading this, but for people looking to join in on the fun, or get a few quick recommendations on where to focus their attention for their next purchase, they do help. Not everything can be a technical manual or black and white. I'm guilty of using colorful descriptors all the time, and I do it because along with trying to communicate the facts surrounding a product, I'm also trying to convey the emotional response I garnered from it as well. Technical specs are well and good, we know this, but when really trying to connect we always try and appeal to one's emotions. Do some of the descriptors get a little outlandish? Yeah, they do. But at the same time, it can be part of the fun.
I don't think anyone should make their purchasing decision(s) based solely on a single review or point of view, which is why I urge folks to make up their own minds and use what I say merely as a guide, but nevertheless some folks go with what the pros tell them to do. This is why specialty AV publications still have some relevance from a sales perspective and will continue for the foreseeable future. But like I said earlier, it won't last forever. But also at the same time, it's okay for people to try and capture their excitement the best way they know how, even if, at times, we don't always agree with the word choices etc.
That was very pepperminty, Andrew.