Just wanted to complement the good folks at Stereophile for another great buyers guide . I'm sure it's a lot of work and hassle to put together , but it was worth it . Keep up the good work .
The Buyer's Guide is always a trip. From inititation to data collection to compilation, its always interesting to see who will respond and submit. If you pay close attention to the different Buyer's Guide's through the years, they all tell a story of each company and where they sit in the industry.
Did you get the print or digitial edition?
We always get a couple of print copies , one for the beach house . We have 19 years worth of Stereophiles on two bookshelfs , no use changing now .
Ariel , I noticed there ARE a few company's that don't respond/submit but not sure why , isn't this a freebe for them ?
This is a freebie!
Well technically, there is no monetary cost to submitting to the Stereophile Buyer's Guide. I have a giant spreadsheet rolodex of all the different audio manufacturers with distribution in the US (and some not, though these are NOT included in the guide -- US distribution is a must as we are US publication). I contact all of these people (AT LEAST 3 TIMES)
Submitting to the Buyer's Guide does have the cost of time, especially for new submissions. But thats about the only cost.
Also some companies just do not want to be listed, as they do not want to list their prices. Some companies feel that listing their products with only specs does a disservice to their product.
For an example of a handful of companies that were not included in the guide and why, check out this recent post on our facebook wall:
The post is started by Aldevio Leao posted today (11/29) at approx 8am EST.
Also, if anyone purchased the digital edition, I'd be very interested in hearing about your experiences browsing with it.