Let's hear from manufacturers and dealers who are open and busy on WBF. Be honest. Would you take against anyone who logged a review that was negative about yr product? Esp in relation to another, again who is active on WBF?
When I relayed my joy at discovering Stacore, I directly compared it to Minus K and Kuraka. Jarek of Stacore has gone on to be reasonably visible on WBF. Had the other two platforms had regular input here from their manufacturers, I know for a fact I wouldn't have felt free/comfortable in reporting them less positively. And that's despite me being religious in not unreasonably dissing said platforms, striving to be practical in listing pros and cons.
So, all you industry contacts on WBF, do you have any beef w us leaving negative feedback (as long as comments are respectful and non-slanderous)?
And yet whenever a review is made that is positive it is splashed all over marketing campaigns and websites as though the results are universal. And user feedback to manufacturers is splashed all over websites when it is positive. What standards are they held to?
One only reads negative comments about products on WBF from non industry types and only when the products are not represented or designed by members of the forum.
Are there full integrity and trustworthy and respectable high-end audio professional reviewers we can always count on, Ked and Marc?
DS, that's a very well laid out post, but it gets us no further fwds. Certainly on any comparison I might report on by two products represented on WBF, I will edit negative comments twds one hugely. I'm not one for looking for trouble, and hate people angling for conflict. Same applies to reviews/reports.I've become more of a lurker here, but in my limited experience (being a young distributor, both in age and experience) I simply want a truthful representation of the product I submit for review. The desired result is a client being completely happy with their purchase, and if a review is positive just for the sake of being positive, it could prohibit that outcome. If it stands on its own, both with appropriate praises and shortcomings, I am pleased.
On the other hand, negative reviews really serve no good. It can destroy a product run or even a business and make reviewers appear petty, possibly ruining their ability to review new pieces from ANY manufacturers. A good reviewer/submitter relationship is one where the time is taken to maximize performance. So far, I have no complaints about any reviewer I've worked with to date.
It's been pretty much covered now but being in the industry is akin to a forum muzzle. Many of us are true enthusiasts and it becomes quite the burden when you cannot express your opinions and experiences freely. I recently had to leave a forum I had long tenure on because I realized that there was no way I could be an active contributor and still talk even remotely passionately about this hobby. Silence is the only way to operate on a forum 90% of the time.
While he does not review high end products regularly, if at all anymore, Zero Fidelity does some of the finest reviews I've seen. He has now reviewed two of my products and will soon be getting a third. He works hard to ensure products are able to showcase their abilities and communicates actively with the submitter to ensure his findings are par for course. He presents as objective a review as I think is possible.
I am also familiar with a few others my age who are up and coming with bright futures ahead of them if they continue their current trajectory.
It's been pretty much covered now but being in the industry is akin to a forum muzzle.
I don’t think it’s unethical to point out how one conducts their business because it has a direct impact on others that could be damaging.
I do think it is unethical to more or less attack products because they didn’t meet sonic expectations in a system.
Sometimes you have to choose your priorities. Then again there are several distributors posting here who don't act like they are 'muzzled'.
I don't know what "more or less" means here. Does that mean negative comments or something else? You rarely see "attacks" on products in published reviews.
Talking about weaknesses of a product are one thing. Attacking a product is another. It rarely happens in published reviews but it does happen on forums frequently. I consider it an attack when no positive attributes are discussed, when the negatives of a product reign supreme in a review, when inappropriate system matches are present and not accounted for, or as mentioned earlier, immoral or political actions directly affect the review of the product. Some of these are mild while others are all out assaults.
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