Reviews of Expensive “Audiophile” stuff does anyone fall for this crap?

In this video I cover silly reviews of “audiophile” accessories and talk about one very egregious example of a silly hi fi rack review.

Link to the review

http://www.whathifi.com/hi-fi-racks/grand-stand/review

Comments

rock androll says:

so you had fun…

Digiphex Electronics says:

Go look at Sony’s premier headphones on their site. They will tell you about a frequency response to 100K when our ears can only hear 20K. Also they will show graphs of CD audio vs “Hi-Res” when the truth is that it is impossible to reproduce music our ears can hear (20-20K) any better than CD 44.1K which is perfect recreation. Now that is fraud.

dixielandfarm says:

Almost all of these reviewers do not purchase the products and the companies are also advertisers. It’s a scam. There is never real evidence, only opinion. Of course, you know I did a video on some of this stuff, too. It’s all “emperor’s new clothes”, and the people who buy/believe in this stuff are adamant about this stuff.

Constantine says:

Good mastering on mid-range speakers will forever beat any ‘meh’ mastered album on audiophile equipment that gets up to gamma ray frequencies..

Scott Lowell says:

I’d still nominate the guy that wrote a stereophile review for a $7,000 dvd player. The words were as poetic as they were flowery in describing this now defunct player of the galactically overpriced variety for the rich & gullible.

bglasss says:

+baldmetalnerd Do you even hifi bro? This rant coming from someone that probably doesn’t even believe in using shielded power cables, power conditioning or quality interconnects. The material you have a cd player or turntable on can make a significant difference in sound quality brah; try it and see for yourself. Its called vibration damping. Sorry, I like some of your videos, but I can’t give this one a thumbs up (unless its a thumb up your butt ). Ignorance is bliss. I wish you could hear what a real hifi system sounds like, cause you would probably shit yourself.

Mark Nelson says:

Please let me say this. What you spend on your equipment racks, should be commensurate, with the value of the system. As long as you don’t get overly tweak happy, you will be fine. You have only yourself to protect from the snake oil. Mark

Scott Lowell says:

Krell used to make a $3,000 “stabilizer base”  for the gen 1 ipod with a spinning hard drive.  “Cable elevators”  made of zebrawood (essentially small wood blocks)  $400! A device that only provides “An absolute electrical ground”  (which no studio needs or uses to master)  $600. And so on…

D. Paul Riderman says:

In defense of higher quality shelving material, some are more inert toward vibration which affects the turntable. They are spaced to allow better cooling for the big amps. The feet are usually made to use spike to minimize vibration from floor. Now that I said that, $300 should be able to buy a very good one.

Scott Lowell says:

I wish I had a dollar for every audio “tweaker”  that used dots, racks, cable elevators, and expensive cables BUT—have no room treatment and a poor setup to start with.  My favorite?  Wedging giant speakers into a small room, like an echo chamber.

Scott Lowell says:

Rule #1:  No one has ever beat a double blind A/B/X with components or cables.  #2:  A website “audioholics”  flat out busted a company (Unison?)  that simply put a $500 oppo blu ray player into a CNC milled chassis.  Hey, it’s a great player, but the chassis didn’t change the sound.  The audio snob press was fooled by this $4,000  scam, and praised how great it was.  (yes, the oppo does sound as good as $4,000 players anyway) Showed everyone how price perception influences snobbery and placebo effect.  John Dunlavy continually fooled snobs with a fake cable swap demo.  They praised the change when they thought it was a pair of $5,000  anaconda thick cables.  “OMG!!!!  The improvement is stunning!!!”  – in reality?  awg12 OFC.

Beyond 1000. says:

Not all audiophile products are “crap”. Stick to Monster then.

Robert Jermantowicz says:

Peddling fancy rack systems is just more snake oil for the gullible! Any old table, crate, box will do for electronics. Turntables, on the other hand, do benefit from some solid support (and not necessarily massive!). After all, it’s about getting those vibrations out of those tiny grooves, undistributed! Peace, man!

LowTech Audiophile says:

This all started way back in the late 70s when Linn audio did a demo with a turntable on a IKEA lack table. People thought it worked and the cat was out of the bag. So I was wondering. Besides laughing about it (which is not a very good argument), did you ever experiment with different shelves (diy) for your equipment? If not, what is your argument for this not being able to work? Or why would there be an effect with an amplifier not being level? I have mixed results experimenting with this over the years. Mixed, but results nonetheless.

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