Originally Posted by Elihawk
Aren't we just debating methodology? However, we have threads going on that topic, so I agree that this thread is not the place for that discussion. Just that my user name was brought up in this thread and then a claim was made that I didn't understand. BTJ has simply clarified his position so that it makes sense (or that he has allowed me understand how I was misinterpeting his statetment)!
Your user name was brought up in a very clear manner. I paid you a compliment and highlighted a salient point that you made in another thread. I was simply attributing the accurate statement to you.
To put a blunt tip on my point, I am highlighting the fact that there are active forum members who are making public comments about loudspeakers to other people (usually new users/members) in very plain language, that has led those users to believe that the persons with the viewpoint have actually heard the loudspeakers being discussed. Except the issuer of said opinion actually hasn't, in most cases, heard anything.
This is tantamount to the following: going to a fine restaurant and asking about items on the menu. The waiter gives an apparently complete, cogent, informed response regarding several items, saying that they taste great and discussing nuances of flavor and texture. Except the waiter hasn't actually tasted any of the food that has been discussed.
My simple, and very plain point is that just acknowledging whether one has actual, first hand experience with a loudspeaker prior to tendering an opinion on it is both morally and intellectually honest. After that, anybody can say whatever they want.
I've done a bunch of forum searches and the prospect of this is alarming; how many non-first-hand opinions have been tendered without a disclaimer? For buying/purchase advice, no less. How many of those who received the advice would have treated it differently if they knew the waiter had never tasted the wine they recommended?
Going forward, i don't think I'm asking much.... for people to be honest. They don't have to be buddies or even get along.
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