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1.0 out of 5 stars
Difficult to separate out opinions from facts., 21 Nov. 2011
As an engineer and a lover of great sound, I was looking forward to getting an in depth understanding of audio technology.
To me however, the author does not maintain enough distance between himself and the Hi-Fi industry to provide a critical explanation and assessment of the technologies. Too often his opinions reinforce the audio sector's brilliant marketing strategy: super high prices are used to make just plain expensive look like a bargain whilst 'good enough' should be avoided. When writing for an aspirational hi-fi magazine this I can understand, but in a 'comprehensive guide' I expect a bit more balance.
The technical explanations themselves mix levels of detail, science, pseudoscience and opinion, and, without references or evidence beyond the authors own experience, it is difficult to asertain any relationships between a technology and a consistent impact on the perceived sound.
With a little critical distance this could have been a great achievement but is actually an exercise in Hi-Fi marketing sycophancy.