Originally Posted by jh901
I'm sure glad I stopped by. I'm SO uninformed! I should have known that Stereophile, TAS and others are running a scam. I shouldn't have trusted my own ears and many years of personal experiences either. What was I thinking!? Preying on the most successful for decades. Disgusting. It's all in the measurements. I could have purchased a $200 power amp for my Focal speakers. I never knew. Why on earth does Focal only demo their speakers with specialist hi-end gear rather than consumer grade from Best Buy? OMG, they are in on it too! Call '60 Minutes'. Wait, 911. This is serious. I've been taken and so have so many others. #shame
I've benefited from what I felt was good info in the Plasma flat panel forum. I did crosscheck with CNET and elsewhere. I asked questions before landing on the VT50. I've been scammed on audio for 20 years now, so how can I believe anything I see or hear for myself? How can I trust what I read here or on CNET or elsewhere. It is all a scam. My brain is my own worst enemy. Well, fortunately I'm "in the know" now while others remain in the dark. My hi-end stereo components can be sold at a decent recovery to those who have no clue.
jh901.. I hope you are not making fun of my comments?
As I wrote, of course high end equipment have value.. I also believe that we can trust our ears.. It would be a shame to use $200 power amp for your focal speakers.. Tell you what.. since your focal speakers are probably not any better than $200 speakers, and now that you are so well informed that you are going to buy cheap amps and speakers.. I would be happy to take those focals off your hands.. After all, you are not supposed to trust your ears, yes? Hey.. just kidding..
Your focals would be amazing speakers and I am sure you have a great system.. Do your focal also have the beryllium tweeters?
But I do have to disagree with you about audio/video magazines. Certainly, they provide a lot of useful information. How ever, when was the last time any of them said "this is a bad product. It sounds or looks horrible!"? Projector has lousy contrast? Well, "if you enjoy bright picture and don't feel the need for huge contrast, this 480p projector puts out 5000 lumens and has a contrast of 100:1. It is an amazing projector for those who like brightness, if you are blind as a bat and cant see beyond 480p anyway"? Familiar?
"These are great speakers. Yes, they sound like a tin can but they are perfect for those hard of hearing, who are tuned to tin can frequencies"? I exaggerate, you say?
How about "the sample piece we got broke down in an hour. it was probaby a production piece. but this manufacturer can be trusted for very reliable product". Sure.. I trust them.. I would be shocked if you would not..
They are bought and paid for by advertising dollars and freebies from manufacturers - trips or products! Of course there might be a few rare exceptions but I can't recall any.. Some one whose opinion I respect said many years ago, that Wide Screen review was not too bad for video but they are not completely unbiased either.. That a british magazine http://www.whathifi.com/
was less biased but I have not read whathifi.. Funny thing is, he told me about whathifi before the days of itnernet.. and I could not find the magazine in Milwaukee at that time and didn't bother to try and subscribe for it from the UK.. Only today, as I write this, I realized that I could check it out online.
I am too old and I have been doing this for too long, you say?
I like consumer reports for house hold goods but unfortunately, they do not report on very high end audio/video gear. They are probably not set up for such.Edited by audvid - 11/6/12 at 7:47am