I've read Stereophile equipment recommendations since the mag's halcyon days in New Mexico. Positive reviews, past and present, have never gone beyond recommending AUDITIONING. Further there have been frequent cautions regarding placing trust in auditions outside one's own home and one's own system.
Now comes Mr. Ben Causey castigating the mag because he spent some money on Stereophile recommended gear and he can't hear the difference between it and some far cheaper equipment. " I never compared before, because I went with your high praise.....", he says. In far too many words he's whining, Look what you made me do!
Well, since it seems to be he order of the day, I'll add some whining of my own. Why does such a pitiful example of human behavior deserve not only inclusion in the Letters section but a rehash and a rather lengthy response in As We See It? Mr. Causey's anger and self-loathing are of his own making. Like the rest of us, he deserves to live with his own mistakes. Are there no wastebaskets at Stereophile headquarters?