Originally Posted by audiophilesavant
Were you paid for any of your articles and if so how much?
So you expressed a strong belief without having the facts relative to compensation of authors. We call your type "subjectivists" in this thread. Next thing we know you will be telling us a thicker interconnect cable sounds better and when we ask you to prove it, you ask us to do that for you!
Gary Reber wrote a long editorial (diatribe) recently in which he whined about a complete lack of advertiser support of both his print and online activity forcing him to reduce issue size to 60 pages and jeopardizing the publication itself. It is not surprising. Given the other resources freely available on the web, why anyone would pay for a monthly collection of Blu-ray reviews is beyond me. My local bookstore, which carries a wide selection of periodicals, hasn't carried Widescreen Review on its shelves for years.
Many newspapers and magazines are under severe pressure from the Internet. If you had said that, there would be no argument. But what you said was that this translates into quality of the work that goes in them and further, it means the people who write for them are not qualified to do so. I think we call people who extrapolate illogically this way in this thread, subjectivists.
Did you know for example that Ethan Winer wrote an article that WSR published in December? Do you think that reads poorly on Ethan because you think you can get online Blu-ray reviews for free? Did you read Ethan’s article?
Sounds like you are celebrating the financial woes of WSR. I am not. I have learned so much from WSR during its 17 years history. They were a major force behind the formation of home theater hobby and educating the enthusiasts on all matters related to it from correct video to room acoustics. Technologies like DTS would not even exist as a commercial success in consumer world without WSR.
WSR since the beginning has had a strong emphasis on teaching the science
. While other magazines focus on gear review, WSR gives a voice to someone like Ethan to write an article on distortion characteristics in audio. Which advertiser do you think would be enticed to pay to have that article come out as opposed to a review of their product? Scant few. Sadly because folks like you who don’t show an interest toward learning by subscribing to the magazine, WSR is in the bad financial health.
So the reality is the opposite: WSR is failing because it focuses on science and teaching as opposed to what sells! To wit, I get to write about any topic I want on WSR. And indeed I have written articles on everything from Internet delivery of movies to acoustics and signal processing. Gary lets me write one page for 10 pages. With that kind of freedom, devoid of pressure from advertisers or the printing costs, I get to focus on teaching what I have learned in 30+ years of professionally being involved in computers, audio, video and signal processing. It is was a privilege to be able to do that for all that I have learned from other learned authors who have chosen to do so.
Answering your question, I don’t get cash compensation for writing these articles. I never asked for money and would not accept if it were offered. I am fortunate enough to not need the money and get extreme satisfaction in expressing my passion for this field in the articles I write. In that sense what I get back is far more valuable than money.
You seem to think you get the same high quality information online that you do in WSR. So I invite to show where on the web you would read about computer optimization of acoustics which was the title of my article in the same January issue you reference: http://www.madronadigital.com/Library/Computer%20Optimization%20of%20Acoustics.html
In there I explain how we can use computing power to optimize the performance of N subs to blend with 5 to 9 other main speakers, while at the same time producing the smoothest frequency response across multiple seats. This creates millions of combinations which puts the task well beyond the capabilities of even top acoustic experts. I not only explain the science but also dig through a number of real test cases. I explain the research behind them so that you don’t have to spend money buying the papers and importantly being able to parse the data in them. The article ends with authoritative references as if this was a paper published in AES.
After that article came out, I received the nicest emails from one of the top experts/researchers in the acoustic industry. He said it was wonderful to read such fresh approach to acoustics. And no, he has nothing to do with Harman, Dr. Toole, etc. He is one of the experts who is routinely cited here as opposing my views. Yet here we are with me sitting on the most complimentary note from him. This was the point I was making that you responded to. That if I write something that is not valid, there is a feedback mechanism for magazine articles because what is written comes out under your real name and hence folks can write and say it is not correct. I am fortunate that in the four years that I have been writing these articles, the only feedback I have received have been positive. Doesn't guarantee accuracy of course but does make your case that it lacks it pretty weak
BTW, last week I submitted the next article for the February issue. That one came about from another thread that you were participating on the need for more data relative to the performance of HDMI in AVRs. Here is what my workbench looked like at the end of the project:
You are looking at $100,000 worth of audio and test equipment!
There is a $25,000 Audio Precision Analyzer and a $10,000 one from Prism Sound alone. Speaking of Prism Sound, I worked with them on creation of this article. I suspect you have never heard of the company but hopefully you have heard of the late Julian Dunn who is one of the foremost authorities on digital audio performance and the author of many industry standards and papers (see this wonderful write up about him: http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/jaes.obit/JAES_V51_4_PG290.pdf
). It was a pleasure to be drawing on the deep expertise that still exists at Prism Sound for this article.
That article will come out next month in WSR. Sadly, that may be the last issue of WSR due to the very difficult financial situation they are in. It will be a loss for us collectively if they close the doors. To celebrate otherwise as you are doing will be a sure sign that we don’t care as much about the science as we claim to…