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Are there any rules.... or not ?

I remember JA (I think) explaining the review process in Stereophile. One main condition for a component to get a review was to have at least four (or was it five ?) distributors in the US.

Now let us fast forward to the rave review of the Caliburn turntable: "Approximate Number Of Dealers: None. Sold direct by importer".

How does this fit in the standard review policy of Stereophile ? Does costing 90,000 USD provide a "license to kill" that bypasses any stated editorial policy ?

BTW, JA wrote about "Dog Legs and Feet: the Marginalization of High-End Audio" - well, keep reviewing 90,000 USD turntables with no US support and you'll understand (I hope !) why high-end audio is not "hot" among the new generation...

Good luck !

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Re: Are there any rules.... or not ?


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I remember JA (I think) explaining the review process in Stereophile. One main condition for a component to get a review was to have at least four (or was it five ?) distributors in the US.

It's five. I have written about this many times in the past, at http://www.stereophile.com/asweseeit/746/, for example.


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Now let us fast forward to the rave review of the Caliburn turntable: "Approximate Number Of Dealers: None. Sold direct by importer". How does this fit in the standard review policy of Stereophile ?

I believe you are laboring under a misapprehension regarding my policy. The "5 Dealer Rule" applies to products that are distributed through normal retail channels. As I have also written on many occasions over the years, we do make an exception for products that are sold direct. However, in those cases we must make a judgment call on the suitability of the product for review, the business viability of the manufacturer, the possibility for a home audition, and whether or not the company offers any kind of money-back guarantee.

The Continuum turntable met sufficient of those criteria to qualify for review, in my opinion as editor. Thanks for commenting.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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Re: Are there any rules.... or not ?

Hmmm under those new "RULES" i think you better do a VanAlstine review on all his great stuff latest Ultra Hybrid stuff and OmegaStar EX SS. and where are teh Legacy reviews, both these great companies have a long life, been making great stuff longer than most, and other's you have reviewd have come and gone (Audio alchemy, amongst others that where shaky) I think your "rules" are like a politicains, vuage and used as needed to suit the situation. I still contend, reviewing what AVA and Legacy have to offer will embarass most of all teh stuff you rave so much about, and have as advertisers. Do us readers a service and review great stuff priced for mortals, not unobtainalbe over hyped nonsense like $90,000 turtables, that no thinking person, even with money would go near. Or $30,000 SACD players from mfgs that come and go, so that rule about warrantys is a hoax in your rules.

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