Originally Posted by Mashie Saldana
Thank you for the explanation.
It would be nice if you could publish the list of kit that didn't make the cut and why. Might help some people out there from making bad shopping decisions.
I'm not publishing a list, I'm not systematic about it. But I will share a couple examples.
First was the Fluance Signature Series towers. I was reluctant to review them because I was NOT familiar with them when the company asked if I wanted review samples. I measured them and something looked fishy. I also learned that Audioholics saw similar odd measurements. After notifying the company, the speakers were recalled and the crossover was redone and existing owners were given the opportunity to have their speakers "upgraded" to a working crossover.
Some months later, I said yes to reviewing the "fixed" versions.... however I still did not love the speakers after the crossover was fixed. https://www.avsforum.com/fluance-sig...eakers-review/
After that experience I vowed not to say "yes" to reviewing speakers I have not already auditioned.
MarkAudio-SOTA. I had a pair of the SOTA Viotti bookshelf speakers to review. Another example where I made the mistake of saying yes to a review without a prior audition. The measurements were too uneven and on top of that the speakers did not seem to reveal anything more than far more affordable bookshelf speakers I also had on hand, and were quickly beaten in overall fidelity by the time I compared them to $500/pair bookshelf models. Considering the high cost, I found it disappointing. But boy, the wood veneer is shiny and the grill is fancy and there's black velvet and stuff!!! http://www.markaudio-sota.com/produc...series/viotti/
Subsequent auditions at high-end audio shows were disappointing and confirmed I would not have asked for a demo unit had I heard them first.
FWIW KLH is a counterpoint, I first heard 'em at CEDIA last year—in a private suite, with nobody else except the company owner and the head designer, and listened to my own music selection, and then made a specific decision to focus on its products in reviews this year, based on that positive experience.
But also... in some cases I'll say yes to speakers from a brand I'm already familiar with, without hearing them first. But that's not as common.