Originally Posted by below90hz
Its NFL day! So I just wanna quick pop in and clarify a few things:
1) My history with eD isn't job history, its "I bought an A7s-450, had major problems with it, love the sub but wasn't happy with the customer service. I posted an in-depth review about it." So I mention that so that people know there is a potential for bias there given my experience.
2) Don't beat on oddiodog too bad! I lost my job three times since 2008 so I too take spending $1000 on something pretty serious.
That is 100% correct - and also it is great brother bonding time!
4) Questions and doubts are expected. We brought it on ourselves for giving teasers - but we're just so excited we had to say something
! But it doesn't bother us at all. We're just having fun, hope you guys will too!
Thanks Below90Hz. But I can take a punch. And swing back in return.
So does that mean you guys have had no help in any way during this test from any of the other manufacturers? From using their home, being buddy buddy, or any other way?
Again, it's not you guys I have concerns about. I think you guys (and Madeels wife for being cool and understanding) are awesome.
I am only concerned about any hand any other manufacturers might have had in the process. I ask because it can skew the results for that manufacturer. I wouldn't write honest negative viewpoints on one sub companies site forum just because I felt a camaraderie after his employees posted some friendly responses to my inquiries. I didn't know these guys from Adam, but I didn't write what I felt because of a few friendly posts. As well I could see others negative viewpoints weren't being well received.
So it's not a stretch to suggest friendly help, nice things said, new friends etc, could affect the what you review. Even if it isn't intentional from you.
Your testing and reviews may be and should be fun for you guys. But we all know we can't trust the magazines reviews as they have advertisers. We can't trust manufacturers forums because they all gush over their own products. So unbiased review sites are the only ones we have to look to. It's the beauty of the internet. It's already been pointed out publicly by one manufacturer that the Audioholics test is slanted because they advertise. That person also questions the methodology of their testing openly. Is that serious enough for you guys asking?
So all I want is to make sure he, or any other manufacturer didn't have helping hand in any way. If they did, well, it's a free world. I just want to know so that I personally can put less weight into that particular sub review. Everything else will be gold and fun.
2 years ago, 2 grand for a pair of subs was no big deal to me. Today, like you unfortunately it is. So it's important to me and I suspect many others who in the future google a comparison of subs and clicks on your review when it pops up at the top. It already does. That'll be a lot of people.
As for the manufacturer who PM'd me - originally i wanted to post our email trail here because I was miffed that he dragged it to a private area when this is an open forum. He also tried to get me to leave it alone by telling me my question was answered when it wasn't fully. And I was not pleased with the content in general. As well his attempt to quell me made me wonder more about whether he had a hand in your test. I also resorted back to name calling in return. I personally could care less to post the emails. But that said, my intention was never to harm anyone's business. And I feel it has the potential to do that to his in some way. It's hard enough out there. My intention was just to ensure what I was reading was unbiased in any way as I will be using it as a purchase decision tool. So at this time I choose to keep it to myself. I can tell you this. I won't be buying his sub. Even thought it may and I say may, be a great offering. I now feel I couldn't trust him or his company in lieu of a negative situation involving his product.