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bifcake
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Flying mole

I'm happy to have read a Stereophile review of a product that the reviewer didn't like. I don't know if my whining had anything to do with it or if it's just a co-incidence, but I'm really happy about it. I really think that publishing negative reviews establishes reviewer's credibility.

BTW, I think it's ok to say that a product just plain sucks without any qualifiers such as "some may like it" or "this isn't my cup of tea, but others may feel differently" or any other such cushioning statement. If it sucks, it sucks. Say so.

On a related note, I'm surprised that amplifier noise doesn't automatically disqualify an amplifier from hi-fi status. Doesn't that defeat the whole point of high fidelity? If there is noise, there can be no high fidelity. Everyone spends so much time tweaking by getting the right cables, placing the speakers just so, room treatments, stands, lead shot, spikes, feet, etc, etc, yet it seems to me that none of that matters in the slightest if there's hum or noise coming out of the speakers. Why is there tolerance for noisy amps?

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Re: Flying mole

You have to admit, AlexO, that Robert's writeup was a classic lesson in why the job of reviewing audio equipment ain't all it's cracked up to be. If one of us ordinary users had auditioned this little "buzzer/hummer" we wouldn't have wasted ten minutes trying to figure out how to quiet it down before disconnecting it and taking it back where it came from. All that work trying to give it a fair listening test and it still sounds like finger nails on a blackboard. Coming up with diplomatic language after that deserves some kind of special commendation.

Maybe Al Gore will buy one for the sake of the environment. Maybe they should paint it green.

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Re: Flying mole

I'm all for green, but it's gotta sound ripe. Otherwise, it's all form with no function.

BTW, I think that this month's issue has been the best one in a while.

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Re: Flying mole

Why didn't he call a "spade a spade"...not just a bad ttea cup? 3% distortion? !!!!

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Re: Flying mole

aM I MISSING SOMETHING THE SPECS SECTION SAYS input 64w W/4ohm LOAD YET IT HAS A 160w pc !!! INTO 4 ohms...THIS HAS TO BE A MISPRINT, OTHERWISE THIS THING IS AN AMAZING CURE FOR ANY POWER PROBLEMS, IT TAKES POWER AND MAKES MORE!!!!! P=E1 MOST OF THE TIME, MOLE POWER? MY AMPS USE CLOSE TO 1800W TO OUTPUT ABOUT 1200-1400W INTO 4 OHMS. Hi Freq power supplys are efficient, but do they really make 64W into 320W? Now that's audio MAGIC...can't ever get more out than ya put in, right? Even a 4th grade engineering student would know that, right?

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