Originally Posted by visiter555
Go read his job description (the posted part) and you will find that is exactly what Andrew is at Emotiva...he produces content to go to the masses and he is paid by Emotiva/Jade/whatever. I would suggest you actually go read what a Shill is and then look up what Paid adds to the term.
Andrew is a paid staff member, and you have no idea what he did or did not do for his update outside of the statement that he didn't do it by himself, that he had someone come over to assist or take the lead.
Journalistic independance comes form being independant...Andrew is not independant any longer no matter how much you are a fan of his your words don't strike a straight chord here. There is a great place for your posts where they will be appreciated. Possibly you should concentrate there?
Once again your factually wrong. Here's the definition for you "A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing he has a close relationship with the person or organization."
A paid shill will never say anything wrong about the product, even up to and including lying. Kind of like the commission sales staff at Best Buy when they say "that soundbar will be just as good as a full size pair of $1k speakers" just to make the sale. As for the update he explained step by step what he did with a friend watching. I have asked him at least a dozen questions about my home theater setup and his recommendations have made it far superior at a fraction of the cost that others suggested at AV stores. He has recommended products to me since joining jade that are not jade products. (outlaw amp)
Have you had any interaction with him ? Did he give you bad advice ? When I have several interactions with someone and they are helpful and honest each time they earn my trust, unless they break it. He is open with the companies he likes : Tekton, Crown, Jbl, B&W, Emotiva, Outlaw Audio, Parasound, Behringer, etc. He likes those products.
He declared right away that he got the job with Jade. So once he becomes an employee he can't be trusted ? He is afraid to give his opinion in lieu of getting fired ? So when you ask the guy at Home Depot for advice you discount anything he says cause he is just going to sell you the most expensive item ? That's why i get my facts from several sources. I am not sitting at the Andrew trough just saying " Your great".
I read many other audio sites including Andrew Robinson's site. I don't read the emo lounge because I don't read any site thats mainly about one company product. I wouldn't read B&W, or focal, or any other single company site.
As far as Journalistic Independance goes, everyone has a bias towards certain products. Whether their being paid or not its up to the consumer or the reader to use critical thinking skills and research to come up with an informed opinion. That's all it is , an opinion. No one can claim this movie or speaker is the best. I read dozens of writers reviews on av equipment and over the years I have 3-4 writers who seem to like similar stuff to me. I have a personal banker who I trust (10 years), mechanic (5 years), fav. restaurant (20years), and so forth. I listen to what they say and then if all my research is split I often will defer to their judgement. If the research is heavily against them I will go with my info.
Whether people appreciate my post is not important. Obviously you don't which is fine. Another on this very page said "Chaluga, Well Said!". I post to give my opinion as others due. I will continue. I will continue to be biased towards people who give me good advice.