At <I>Stereophile</I> we often gets requests for product reviews. What would you like to see reviewed?
Serious equipment supports, Mana as an example.
B&W Nautilus 802's + Bryston 4B-ST
Martin Logan Prodigy Avalon Opus and Eidolon
Sonus faber Signum Harmonic Technology Pro Silway MK II, Pro 9 Plus Biwire, Pro AC11 CL3 McIntosh MC 162 AudioPrism Foundation II DH Cones's Acoustic Discs, Super Cones
Equipment under $3000. You guys still don't get it! There is no reason to cover the super expensive gear! You are writing the reviews for the few hundred people who can afford stuff like that.
Top-of-the-range electronics from Rega Research (why do you concentrate only on their cheapest products?) and Shahinian loudspeakers (why not give us your view on loudspeakers that take a completely different approach from everyone else?).
DIY speakers from companies such as Madisound, et al. Some of these kits use very high-end drivers, crossovers, and good design recipes. I suspect these have not reviewed because you might offend the big speaker companies that spend big ad dollars. So what?
VPI Aries, MartinLogan Prodigy, new Avantgarde Uno, Vandersteen 5, Genesis 350, Magnepan 3.6, NHT VT-3.
Signature Technologies, Inc. Signature SRM 2.1 speakers http://www.signaturetech.com
Bryston 14B-ST MSB Platinum Link Hales Transcendence 3 Assemblage DAC 3.0
The latest Krell equipment: KCT, KPS-28, and Master Reference Subwoofer.
Morrison Audio Speakers; and,Legacy Audio Speakers
Classe' CD players. The only drawback is a long break in period, but if you wait to critique them after about 300 hours you will be rewarded.
Martin Logan Statements, vs the new Prodigy. How they both perform with 2 channel and 6.1 sound etc.
System Audio 3070 speaker, this is truly an amazing piece for $5k. Serious bass, an imaging fool, and a total disappearing act.
How about some vintage gear? For instance, you could test and review the Marantz 10B tuner, the Fisher 1000 tuner, and a McIntosh MR67 or MR71. All three of these tube tuners are fetching good money on eBay. The Marantz 10B has been at over $5000 on eBay. It would be a fun read. How they compare musically with the best of today's solid-state tuners would be interesting.
My perception is you are trying to review more reasonably priced products. Please continue to consider price as a consideration when deciding what to review. I'm sure it's fun to evaluate the latest $20,000 amp or speakers, but not many people can afford them, including me.
I would like to see an annual issue of Stereophile that does its part to introduce new designers to the attention of the readership. This annual issue could drop the usual provisions concerning number of retailers selling a product. The idea here is to bring awareness of new blood, new ideas, new potential innovations and products to readers. Who knows, some of the established companies may decide to bring the new blood on board, and then watch out for lots of innovation. It would be a great way for Stereophile to promote high-end innovation at the grass-roots level, and in the process help the High End evolve.
The Klipschorn speaker. It is the longest-running continuously produced product available, and it would be very interesting to see how a product originally introduced a half a century ago stacks up compared to products available at the beginning of the 21st century. Just make sure whoever does the reviewing has a room suited to the speaker.
The Naim NAP 500.
naim amplification equipment in "mixed" systems.
Krell Master Reference Series products! I'd like to see how the first sub from Krell compares to the current standards from other vendors.
Please keep reviewing the ultra-high-end equipment. I may never be able to purchase this equipment, so your reviews (and shows) give me the opportunity to experience it. I'm hoping for a review of the Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams soon.
Bryston and Magnepan products.
I would like to see a "Reader's Systems" column. Feature a reader's system, pictures, component list, history on how assembled, etc. Then have a reviewer make suggestions for improving the system or giving it a different sound, or even loan the "Reader" a component for a few weeks to try and report on the difference it made in his system. I volunteer for the first column! Boy, do I need help . . .
Would it be possible to have an honest, unbiased review of any Bose equipment?
a speaker utilizing the Manger Bending Wave Transducer. It could be the closest thing to a full range driver yet. I am tempted to buy a kit using these.
TacT Millennium Mk.II, B&W Nautilus (the flagship), PS Audio Lab (power and speaker) cable.
I would have to commend you on the range and choice of products you review in most issues. However, I would suggest less coverage of the very-high-ticket items some of the recent issues focused on. I would also love to see more focus on comparisons; e.g., the reviewed item to your price-no-object reference, the competition. It would be beneficial to test amps on a variety of speakers and vice versa. In the near future, a comparison of DVD, DVD-A, SACD, and CD would be great. But to specifically list items, I would like to see next: Bryston 2B, Anthem MCA2, Totem Arro, PSB 4T, Classé 201, Rotel RB991, Adcom 5500, NAD S200. Keep up the good work.