Your Comments Concerning Awards
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Article By Steven R. Rochlin
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The jury is out with a verdict and fro the
many e-mails i received it appears 95% feel that there are already too many
awards given within the high-end audio industry. A few of you, who shall remain
nameless and did not publish your e-mails, felt that one mainstream print
magazine in particular seems to give award to every product they review. Another
letter really got me laughing about this 'ethereal' website that has given great
reviews and awards to more 'lousy' equipment than any site on the Internet
according to his e-mail. It
is interesting how many people complained about that site.
Be that as it may, other
magazines do not really concern me, as it is obvious that audiophiles realize
what the truth is versus fiction. Enjoy he Music.com is not here to
pander to manufacturers nor give out endless wards. Instead, it appears that my
goal to have equipment truly earn an award means few achieve that goal. As such,
not one letter said Enjoy the Music.com was giving out too many awards,
so we must be doing the right thing. Below is one example of the letters
Concerning the quantity of award Enjoy the Music.com
gives out each year, very few, IMHO. Sure, when something really pushes the
Art & Science of Sound Reproduction forward then give it a special award
(like a Nobel prize). But otherwise these things just seem like rather
pretentious "best buy" lists .. you know the sort of thing e.g.
which loudspeaker under USD 2000 got this years (Insert Name Of Magazine) top
Call this Brand X so the next question is "how to I
Google or eBay" for the cheapest one?
Surely this is not what it is about?
People should go and listen -- not read lists. And
how are those lists made up? Usually of favorable reviews by a small number of
reviewers (as few as one?). It is said (by me, if no one else) that a good
reviewer is a reviewer with whose opinions I agree ;>)
So what worth is it to me to read a review by a reviewer
with whose opinions I'm unfamiliar and whose opinions I haven't correlated
with my own? Sum up: awards are generally pretentious, of little significance
and based on a précis of the original review(s).
I don't need shopping lists.
There were a few of you who felt that Enjoy
the Music.com should give out some type of award or make the appropriate
comments within our show reports, so you know which product truly deserve extra
special attention. Ok, i have heard your pleas and will give out perhaps two or
three awards during my show reports, while other writers within our staff can
decide how they want to handle awards or the lack thereof. Ask any of our
writers if i have ever limited or overly edited their articles and you will note
not one complaint.
Many thanks everyone for your e-mails and
appreciate all your kind words. Together, Enjoy the Music.com continues to
evolve to be the very best online high-end audiophile website.
As this website is well over 4000 web pages, over
15000 if you printed them out, it is hard to make drastic overall changes to the
layout. Still, am always seeking ways to provide a cleaner appearance while
keeping the pages loading fast. While most readers have 2MB+ download speed, am
sure there are still people suing modems, and so want to keep things speeding
right along so you can get to the information you desire in a timely manner.
Hopefully, you will enjoy the small layout and visual tweaks made within this
issue, and unless there is a huge outcry of complaints shall keep things this
way for quite some time.
At the top of each review there are now links
back to the homepage page of main sections of Enjoy the Music.com. Yes,
there is also a top advertisement, yet this is to help offset the six new
reviewers that have been hired in the past two months... and am still looking
for two more writers! This site is going full steam ahead as our readership and
content is expanding at a staggering rate in 2008. In fact, of things stay on
track then 2008 will be the most productive year in the nearly 14 years of Enjoy
is no secret my love for DIY and kits began as a child, and due to the success
of the Sound Practices
section i have decided to hire writers and launch a new DIY
Magazine. While this is a losing proposition in the bean counter
(read: financial) sense, it is a great resource and one i feel needs to be
address within 'mainstream' web magazines. Enjoy the Music.com is the
very first, and currently the only, site that will have a separate section
dedicated to DIY and kits. While the Review Magazine has published quite
a few DIY tweaks and kit reviews, i felt it was time to produce a new magazine
dedicated to these endeavors. Simply consider it an extension of the overall
theme in which my hopes are for you to enjoy the music.
It matters not if you have a large budget for Superior
Audio, looking for good value within the Review
Magazine, or love to build your own gear as seen within the new DIY
Magazine, the goal is to further your musicals bliss via audio gear.
As always, in the end what really matters
is that we
Enjoy the Music (Pink Floyd "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" right now),
"Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more layers
And I'll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we'll bask in the shadow
Of yesterday's triumph
Sail on the steel breeze
Come on you boy child
You winner and loser
Come on you miner for truth and delusion