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Romy the Cat


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Reviewing preamps by imbeciles.

It always amasses me how the audio media pull out of it’s ass a “literature” about preamps. They write review after review, admiring the sexy knobs, amusing futures and the reported “musicality” but ironically a year after year NONE of the audio propaganda participants did the only thing that must be done in the BEGINNING of any conversations about preamplifier performance: how transparent the given preamp is.

Ironically to test a transparency of a preamp is superbly simple. Take a simple good quality DC coupled mono source with output impedance of a few ohms drive with it an amplifier. Then inje!!ct a preamp between the source and amplifier. If ANYTHING changed in sound, literally anything (!!!) then it came from the preamp. How simple should it be!?
 
However, pay attention that none of the Morons who write those idiotic reviews for you ever did it for you. Do you wonder why? Because in order to make a positive review the reviewer should start his review by claiming the preamp’s transparency and describing the result of his “preamp bypass” assessment. But here is a catch: if a reviewer writhe BS about “wide soundstage” and “Patricia Barber on his laps” then he demonstrated to his readers no verifiable or credible BS. However, if the reviewer did claim for a given preamp the success during the “bypass test” but the consumer bought the preamp and in context of his playback the “bypass test” failed then one of three conditions is true:

1) The reviewer is deaf idiot who has no business to write about audio assessments.

2) The reviewer has no transparent or indicative/illustrative playback installation that incapable him to write about audio assessments.

3) The reviewer is fraudulently dishonest that does qualify him to be where he is – to be aTampax of Audio Industry

So, what I feel that the Morons who write their audio doodles do not do for this readers the simple “bypass test” juts because they scared liability and afraid to publicly expose their incompetence and uselessness.

So, when you read a review of ANY preamp when the author did not make his “bypass test” assessment then discard anything else that will follow because you deal with an author whom I have described in one of the 3 entries above.

Rgs,
Romy the caT


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Romy the Cat


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More toilet reading about preamps...

With a typical for me sarcasm and cynicism I look though Paul Bolin’s writing about “new” Audio Research Reference 3 preamp. Bitching about preamps is my specialty for years. It is not that I’m on a market for a preamp but whenever somebody does anything that is “pushy” I would like to learn about it. It would hardly possible to accept from Audio Research anything “pushy” and their “old” Reference 2 Mark II was quite boring preamp. However, since Audio Research did not have exposure in press for quite a while and fifty Audio Research’s dealers desperately needed new taking points to butter up their customers the Audio Research introduced a new model, the one that not updateable and not retrofitable from the older Reference 2. Doing this, all reviewers who have written about the “perfection” of the Reference 2 bring official apologies for mislead the public and the Audio Research Corporation reimburses cost of Reference 2 because as they learn it was not as good as it should.might be…   Yes, it sucks that there is no Lemon Law in audio….

Anyhow, the purpose of this post is not to mock the Audio Research but to point out the foolishness of Paul Bolin, the preamp reviewer. Paul Bolin demonstrated his BS-orientated incompetence by forgetting to conduct a very simple and very objective “bypass test” (that I described above) BEFORE he was composing his typical reviewers empty adjectives. Paul Bolin has Manley Steelhead that has around 150R output impedance. It is near similar to Audio Research’s 600R and it would be very simple for him to learn how much AR Reference 3 interferes with Sound….

Now, I wonder, after reading a review about this $10K preamps: was the “bypass test” not performed in the given case juts because Paul Bolin is juts another spineless “pretty face” among the reviewing Morons or perhaps after conducting the “bypass test” it was too shameful to publish the honest result? This question of mine does not require an answer. By nature of reading a meaningful review a reader should not even ask this question...

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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  »  New  Preamplifiers: keys to mystery. (Lamm L1, L2)..  In analog domain...  Audio Discussions  Forum     2  44294  11-14-2004
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  »  New  The ultimate buffer – light in the end of a tunnel..  A few minor corrections...  Audio Discussions  Forum     36  267106  04-28-2005
  »  New  Lamm L1 vs. L2 preamp..  L1/L2 & Police Breathalyzer...  Audio Discussions  Forum     5  51402  06-25-2005
  »  New  The ultimate buffer #2...?..  invisible preamps...  Audio Discussions  Forum     3  30199  11-23-2006
  »  New  Passive line level crossovers - re:pre amp..  phono...  Audio Discussions  Forum     5  38067  01-25-2007
  »  New  The objectives of Einstein self-entertaining Preamp...  Double Coil Spring...  Audio Discussions  Forum     6  42499  01-26-2007
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