On May 10 of this year I sent the following e-mail to Stereophile with the headline "Deceptive advertisement?":
On page 44 of the May 2011 issue YG Acoustics has an emblem for Stereophile 2009 Product of the Year in its advertisement. It seems to me this is deceptive.
According to the December 2009 issue YG Acoustics speakers were neither "Overall Product of the Year" nor even "Loudspeaker of the Year." The best that can be said of them was that one of the 16 editors involved in the "Editors' Choice" awards, Fred Kaplan, named it his "Editors' Choice" for the year.
As I said, I think the current emblem is deceptive.
Since then YG Acoustics has continued to have this emblem in their advertisements in Stereophile. They have had ads in every issue from the May issue to the September issue (which I just received).
The speakers reviewed in 2009 were the YG Acoustic Anat Reference.
I believe that the editor or publisher should not allow these ads in their current form because they are simply wrong. Yet there they are. I also believe some sort of correction should be posted in the letters or manufacturer's comments section.
This deceptiveness makes me skeptical of YG Acoustics.