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rzr
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Jim Austin doesn't make sense in his reply

I was just reading 1 of the letters that were written about reviewers not using good equipment when reviewing new equipment. The letter stated that it would do the product and the manufacturer an injustice not having the appropriate level of equipment to fully flesh out the piece they are reviewing.

I'm going to add to this letter to state that the room and acoustics need to be very very good to allow the equipment to perform its best. I was reading Julie Mullins review of a pair of stand mounted speakers and the conclusion was: the speakers were highly detailed and fast and were slightly cool sounding. This would be ok but if you read the whole review, nothing would sound warm or natural and here's why:

* her room is square
* 1 wall is all windows
* concrete ceiling
* she actually stated: "room can be quite lively".

Why would anybody accept any review of a product knowing it is played in a room like that? Why would a manufacturer allow their products reviewed in a room like that?

All reviewers should have decent to reference level equipment that is equal or better than the gear they are reviewing and the room/environment they are using should be treated and neutral sounding to bring the best possible sound quality from the product.

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QUITE RIGHT!

I think most audiophiles appreciate at least a glancing description of the sound or listening rooms various components are evaluated in. Some routinely provide this but some don't. A link, perhaps as a footnote attached to every review, describing the listening environment in detail, in addition to mention of the reference equipment used, would easily accomplish this quite nicely. Information like this would be particularly useful, especially when doing research on speakers and/or amplification for a particular room.

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A link, perhaps as a footnote attached to every review, describing the listening environment in detail, in addition to mention of the reference equipment used, would easily accomplish this quite nicely.

AFAIK, all reviews are accompanied by a full description of the reference system in which the DUI is assessed under the title: "Associated Equipment." In addition, some of us include a description of the room dimensions and acoustical features.

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One of the Good Guys!

I know you do, Kal. You're one of the good guys! That's one reason I love reading your reviews and find them so helpful and educational. God Bless!

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