The reality of magazine reviews

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The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by It is I, Leclerc » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:59 am

As it say in the title:

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by _D_S_J_R_ » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:26 am

Gramophone magazine in its heyday used to abandon reviews of bad products, so everything they reviewed had good reviews as a result. Other reviewers had commercial consultancy interests (Martin Colloms for one). Ken kessler said one thing in HFN and I remember other things in trade parers we used to get.

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by Classicrock » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:37 am

I'm sure they admitted in Hi-Fi World that if they got a real poor sounding product they did not proceed with the review. I don't think it's completely fair to say commercial interests mostly cause this. I'm sure however that they either assume they got a faulty example or are worried by the maker taking legal action. Anyway no review will hardly help sales in most cases. I think Rega in the old days were the exception but had more orders then they could make in those days without an official review. On the other side of the coin it's possible certain magazines give 4 or 5 star reviews to certain major brands even if they sound pretty uninspiring. This rather undermines the genuine 5 star reviews that some products may deserve.

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by joe » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:45 am

The argument sometimes given is that people don't want to read bad reviews, but I suspect the reality is that it's manufacturers/advertisers who don't want to read them. The worst example I can recall is from HiFi+ some years back. An expensive amp, from a frequent advertiser, was given a lukewarm, indeed by HiFi+ standards a scathing review. The very next issue, the then-editor re-reviewed it and gave it a glowing write-up.

Effectively, readers are expected to read between the lines, looking out for faint praise and 'codewords' to spot poor products.

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:15 am

So you see why mainstream manufacturers hate forums and try to damage them with plants glove puppets shill and spammers.

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by Classicrock » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:11 pm

Dr Bunsen Honeydew wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:15 am
So you see why mainstream manufacturers hate forums and try to damage them with plants glove puppets shill and spammers.
I don't see much related to 'mainstream' companies. Only that guy from Rega on PFM. Linn and Naim don't need glove puppets as there are plenty members who they brainwashed 30 years ago. Most of the problems come from small manufacturers and upmarket retailers who inhabit the forums. (I'm excluding manufacturers own forums from those comments).

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Re: The reality of magazine reviews

Unread post by OrangeFixie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:31 pm

I was introduced to NVA amplification years ago via a glowing review by Ken Kessler in Hi-Fi News and still enjoy listening to music through my NVA amp. I have bought various bits of kit as a result of reading reviews but as with album reviews, they can never tell you whether you will like the item you have bought or not!

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