Originally Posted by torii
if you like critique...your review is very similar to what I read in magazines but better. but Im not sure I like magazine reviews. cause they all positive...but I know I like rythmik subs...I dont know how I could word any different/better as I can post graphs in my pretty much outdoor size space and my rythmiks hit just as well as most other companies if not better...guess thats what I would like to hear from a reviewer is whats better/worse...but I realize thats not gonna happen either or you get no more reviews lol.
Your point is valid as the review industry in general suffers from a perception that most published articles are little more than sales brochures. In some cases the concern is legit, but in others not so much.
My approach is to be honest and let the chips fall where they may; I say what I like and dislike about everything, relative to the price (which, oddly enough, is not something many actually do). I try to word things in a manner I feel appropriately conveys professionalism, but sometimes even that doesn't go over well; I know of 3 manufacturers who will never let me review another one of their products because the evaluation wasn't all puppy dogs and roses, so sometimes it does limit my future prospects. I also imagine that honesty has scared off more than one company who was considering sending me something - you would be surprised how many times I've had a unit completely lined up only to have it pulled at the last minute with all communication coming to an instant halt - so it's possible the sword cuts me 2 ways. I consider that unfortunate, but I will never
change my style. If the product stream dries up so be it, I can easily walk away. Publishing evals is a hobby based off a passion, and like most such endeavors it certainly does not pay the bills. My day job does that so I have total impunity to come and go as I please, say and do what I feel is best. That's a freedom very few reviewers have.
In the case of the FV18 I thought about adding the cost as a potential negative, but everyone's wallet is different so what is a hinderance for some is not a problem for others. The size could be considered a drawback as well, but I addressed that right up front by saying it was "a large industrial strength ported subwoofer" in the very first sentence. My hope was that would convey how big it is. I also voiced some concern about the documentation; even though improved, it still could be better. Their website is awful, but since it's being redesigned any mention of that is likely to be stale very shortly so it didn't seem pertinent. Beyond that, there's really not much to complain about with the FV18.