Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
I thought I was pretty positive about it.
I have no horse in any SSP race and read lot of reviews. So my comment are entirely based on a dispassionate interpretation of the text.
All reviews have somewhat of a positive bias. This is not a criticism, but the result of the natural tendency of the reviewer to look for the positive. Besides, if every average sounding piece of kit would be described as such in a review, magazines would quickly run out of pieces to review, because manuacturers would opt out.
So if a review is "pretty positive", after adjustment for reviewers bias, this means it is an average component at its price point. For a component to be considered "very good", the reviewer would have to be raving about it (like Kal was about the Classe). The Krell review, was clearly in the "positive review" = average compent, category.
I can totally understand why Krell lost sales based on this. People can only audition so many pieces equipment. If I had 30K to spend on an SSP, and used reviews to draw up the shortlist, I would audition Meridian before the Krell.