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Show reports

Is it me or do many feel that the reports from various trade shows are just complete filler? The industry puts out all kinds of stuff every year. Twice a year they hold some kind of a show trying to push their stuff. Everyone admits that the equipment in a hotel setting sounds horrible and cannot be indicative of in home performance. Given that's the case, who gives a rat's ass if company X comes out with a product Z? It's not a review, it's not even a legitimate first impression. The only thing you can possibly infer from the report is whether or not a piece of equipment looks nice. It seems to me that all the trade show reports allow the writers to go on a field trip and easily fill pages of a magazine. I would rather see more formal reviews, articles on various tweaks, or even Art Dudley's liberal rants that the right leaning Stereophile readers find so objectionable. In fact, I would almost prefer to read Sam's monologues about his Russian wife, which I find quite torturous, than to read show impressions. Besides, there is a monthly "Industry Update" feature that keeps everyone abreast of new happenings in the world of hi-fi.

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It's all about selling teh stuff. When something sound sliek crap, it's the room's fault. If some decides, it's great, cus' they just wanted to conclude that today, it's a great thing. Which room sounds better, then put all the stuff in taht room, if that is really the reason. No? What about teh hotel outlets, how can anything sound correct with hotel AC lines? Surel;y they need better AC power, if not, why are they so heavily marketed as such an aduio breakthrough from so many gurus of audio AC? I think they hyped prasie is getting piled on too often on mediocre stuff, that is really no better than 30 other things from some one else. It's always teh same brands, are teh greatest on earth...each one such a breakthrough. Sell teh merchandise. It's what any trade show is all about. Yet so many breakthroughs are going backwards, $45K CD only players with obsolete chips, CD only players for 10's of thousands of dollars. Real breakthrough inovations are like Universal players, selling for $500, that sound great, and there are many, just not hyped like the absurditys so often written up. A breakthrough is $1200, 42" LCD HDTV's with all the latest ambilight 3-4 sides, pixel +3..etc, that used to be $6,000 now $1200. that's called inovation and improving technologys. Not trying to sell an obsoleted chip in a dopey 3 unit package, and it only plays one format, in a world that formats keep improving . Or a monste tube unit with about a dozen tubes!!! That only puts out 110W pc and needs 20A ckts...that's backwards, not improving. It's easy to come up with a product that is in efficent, poorly spec'd and just charge way too much to cover up all the bad specs, since it costs more it must be great. august is a ogood issue, I had to read teh entire review ARC amp etc, ARC disappoints again. Pricey and under spec'd.

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Re: Show reports

Hi Alex,

I had the same thoughts, except a handful of components actually sounded good at CES and "The Show". I guess those individuals knew how to setup a room, or else their equipment was simply better.

Walking up close and standing next to the speakers I could hear the direct sound from the speakers.

There was one room that had two amps. The man was pushing the one amplifier while I clearly preferred the sound of the other amp. So I just left.

I think some manufacturers are hyped, cause their stuff reallly wasn't that good.

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Even if the stuff sounds good at the show, what is the point of dedicating so much space of a magazine if this is not a formal review or even a good first impression given that not much time can be dedicated to listening, ambient noise, etc.?

I looked at the August issue and I think that more than 50% of the space is dedicated to the HE show. Who cares? So products A, B and C are out. So what? How do they sound? Until there is a formal review or at least a mention in one of the regular columns, I really don't care. The industry update section is plenty for me to get a general idea of what's going on in the industry and the new products that are coming out.

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I like the show reports.... The last thing we need is more columns on useless tweaks. There are plenty of other magazines/e-zines that dedicate too much space to those items already.

It is especially entertaining when you were at the show demoing gear yourself and get to read impressions of the same components and setups from people who review for a living.

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Kind of mixed feelings. I like details and in show report issues there is little.
But then on the other side I do get a preview of products coming up in the future.
Plus we all get lots of pictures of MF

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Kind of mixed feelings. I like details and in show report issues there is little.
But then on the other side I do get a preview of products coming up in the future.
Plus we all get lots of pictures of MF

Why are pictures of MF such an attraction? Is he the new Stereophile/Sports Illustrated swim suit issue model?

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Re: Show reports

NOT! Not for this gender......

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