Please explain. BTW do you own one of those stands or something like it?
For the record, you have my permission to buy as many of them as you will with your money. ;-)
I understand where you are coming from with your initial view that AVS may be seen to be 'endorsing' a brand simply by carrying its advertising. But they aren't. AVS is, on its commercial side, an advertising medium, like your TV channel or newspaper etc. Media are generally ad-brand agnostic, so you will often see ads for, say, a political party, in one medium which seem to be diametrically opposed to their editorial stance. There are some 'ethical' issues, for example, one would not expect to see cigarettes or alcohol advertised in Health media. But as a general rule, acceptance of ad copy by a medium isn't an implicit endorsement of the product being advertised - the media is just a means of delivery of that content. If the media started down the road of 'approving' of brands before carrying their ads, this would be a very retrograde step in the opinion of many people in the free world and could even be seen as a form of censorship. Powerful media entities, such as News International, would be able to control entire markets simply by allowing or disallowing various brands to be advertised - most would see this as a bad idea I think. So the current system isn't perfect but it is better than the alternative systems, much like democracy itself.
One of the problems of the system we have is that some media are so dependent on a fairly small range of potential advertisers that it can colour their editorial independence, and this is generally a bad thing IMO. It leads, for example, to magazines not daring to criticise a product under review, even if it is not very good, for fear of losing the major ad contract placed by the manufacturer. This then brings into question the validity of any of their reviews and also explains why so many reviews are subjective waffle, able to be interpreted in a variety of ways, according to the prejudices of the person reading at the time. The 'all things to all people' approach. The alternative would be magazines that are not dependent on ad content for their financial survival. The problem with that is that the magazines would be very expensive, and thus reach a limited audience. As someone pointed out above, we can have an ad-funded AVS Forums or we can pay for our subscriptions. Most, I think, would prefer the ad funded version.
As always, with any form of advertising, the buyer should beware. Advertising exists to present any product in its best, most desirable light, not to educate the consumer. This is true even when it appears to be educating the consumer. The astute buyer will do independent research before buying a product which has been brought to his attention by advertisements.
Incidentally, have you heard of a program called Ad Block which installs as a browser extension? If you run it, and it can be site specific, it will disable most ads included in web pages.
For the sake of transparency, I should add that I have worked in advertising all my life ;)
Well, of course. Who just measures their system and never listens to it? The point of measuring is to enable the system to be improved, objectively, so that the listening pleasure is, subjectively, enhanced. Or isn't that what you meant?
Which measurements would convince you that power cables could make a difference?
Do you have qualifications to interpret them if they were presented to you? Can you recognise AC waveform distortion and are aware how the distortion can occur?
Well a good start would be to just post some measurements showing a difference. Doesn't have to be an improvement - for it to be that it has to be, first of all, different, to the system using a standard component.
If the frequency response, for example, with the 'high end' component in the chain is different to the FR with the standard component in the chain, then it's time to start discussing whether is is subjectively better or worse. But first of all, we have to see the difference. If there is no difference then, obviously, it is impossible to prefer one over another.
You're missing the most important point. It isn’t that anyone GAF what people spend their own money on. The point is, people promote these falsehoods about cables, power cords etc and people who don't understand the technology fall for the claims and they waste a lot of their money buying stuff that can never make any audible difference to their sound quality. Dealers in 'high end' stuff regularly take people for an expensive ride by convincing them they need to spend hundreds of dollars on speaker wire, interconnects, HDMI cables and power cords. By exposing these scams for what they are, the hope is that it helps stop people from being ripped off in the future.
So long as someone realises that their $200 power cord is just eye candy and nothing more, that's fine. Who cares? The problem arises when people actually spend their money and believe the hype and downright lies.
Spot on, Jim. It is odd that people will tolerate frequency response variations of as much as 20dB or more in a typical untreated room, with casual speaker and sub placement adding to the problem, yet they will chase microscopic differences in electronics as though their lives depended on it.