I just attended a demo at which two reps from ultra high end companies discussed their respective designs during the introduction before the music was played. Unfortunately, they each made not too veiled comments about how their designs were much better than those from unnamed competitors, but it was pretty clear about whom they were speaking. A lot of this stuff is marketing.
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Analog: SME 30/12, SME V-12, My Sonic Labs Signature Gold, AirTight Supreme, VDH Colibri Platinum, MINT LP protractor
Electronics: Pass Labs XA160.5 amp, XP-20 preamp, XP-25 phono, Cables: Transparent REF XL MM2,
Speakers: Magico Mini II, Essentials: Jim Smith RoomPlay, 3 Vibraplanes, Dedicated circuits
One thing that I want to clarify is that I don't mean to pick on Peter. I happen to like Peter both as a person and as a reviewer. It just would have been nice that while a table was spinning with an LP on it with a Durand tonearm set up with a mega-expensive cartridge that Peter would have said, "Hey Joel, how about dropping the arm on the record without your weight and then dropping your weight on the table so we can hear the difference?"
I do think that some high-end magazines have blurred those lines by being *free* mouthpieces for the marketing department of manufacturers. TAS for one has a section in the front of some issues where they do exactly that. Do high-end rags really need to be in the business of announcing new products that are coming out from manufacturers?
Every 4 years during the Presidential elections, both parties have their separate conventions. During these conventions, Congress suspends all ethics rules so they can make their down-and-dirty deals with their wealthy contributors from the business/corporate world. The press is kept far away from the yachts and exclusive hotels where the private parties are being thrown so they can't see what is actually going down during these events. You have to pay to play, and this is partly where the "paying" part goes down.
I don't mean to insinuate that any reviewers have been bought by OEMs. All I'm trying to say is that magazines and reviewers should maintain their credibility by reviewing products in a manner that engenders trust in the readership. Leave the fluff pieces to the OEM's marketing department. When reviewers cover audio shows, I think each room should be treated as a mini-review which many of the reviewers do. They talk about the sound of the system and the room and give their opinions on what they heard and then pick out their favorites in different categories. I have no problem with that and I actually like that.
A record weight that retails for $3500 deserves some very special scrutiny. Some people (even on this forum) might not have that much invested in their entire system. Many people outside of this forum damn sure don't have $3500 invested in their whole system. If you want to cover Joel Durand talking about how magnificent his $3500 record weight is, make him put it on a table and show you how magnificent his record weight is and tell me what you hear. That's all I'm sayin'.
Last edited by mep; 06-27-2013 at 02:11 PM.
I bought a 3 in 1 record weight for my Technics SL-M3. It's a 280 Gram weight, has 33 and 45 RPM strobe lines etched in it and a bubble level on top. Nicely machined from aluminum with a very nice finish and a thin rubber pad on the bottom. Cost less than 35 bucks shipped. Did I expect it to improve the sound? Heck no, I bought it because it looks cool on my table. Did it improve the sound? Not that I could tell, but it looks cool.