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    Thanks Joe!
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    Yes, I use it more as a list of avoidance. For the most part if it is on this list, avoid it. This has worked well for me for years. I have found that what does not make it on this list is better than what does. That's just my milage, everyone's will vary.

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    Always fun to look at it. So much gear that is missing. And, also, gear that's included that is no longer made.
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    Re: Stereophile Recommended Components: 2019 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Audiophobiac View Post
    Yes, I use it more as a list of avoidance. For the most part if it is on this list, avoid it. This has worked well for me for years. I have found that what does not make it on this list is better than what does. That's just my milage, everyone's will vary.
    Agree. From my perch, this is just an absurd outdated list, that appears to be used by Stereophile as a "filler". In my younger days I may have referred to it but now it is a nuisance I avoid. Same goes with all these "Golden Ears" etc awards.

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    Re: Stereophile Recommended Components: 2019 Edition

    at least the Stereophile list is not related to their list of current advertisers, like another publication. I'd rather something be somewhat irrelevant than manipulative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiophobiac View Post
    Yes, I use it more as a list of avoidance. For the most part if it is on this list, avoid it. This has worked well for me for years. I have found that what does not make it on this list is better than what does. That's just my milage, everyone's will vary.
    This only reflects what they have reviewed. They can only review so much each month, so a lot of gear will be over looked. I guess that is a boo-hoo moment, but that’s life. However, they should change the list name to ‘Gear Reviewed’.
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    Re: Stereophile Recommended Components: 2019 Edition

    I think real owners on forums are quickly surpassing magazines as the source for new buyers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    at least the Stereophile list is not related to their list of current advertisers, like another publication. I'd rather something be somewhat irrelevant than manipulative.
    I'd rather not have any of the two.
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    Re: Stereophile Recommended Components: 2019 Edition

    The recommended components list has its limitations.


    First, the component must generally be reviewed by Stereophile and it’s obviously not possible to review everything.


    Second, the component must be currently available in the US and furthermore generally be available at five or more hi-fi retail outlets. This ruling tends to preclude or at least disfavour manufacturers that sell direct to end users and also product which is either new to the US market or hasn’t yet built out the requisite dealer network.


    Third, Stereophile reviewers and editors generally pick and choose what products to review based on their own interest and what they felt appropriate for their readers to know about. If reviewers are not current or have little interest in state of the art digital products / DAC's etc, or don't wish to risk their reputation on products which might be considered 'esoteric' or pseudoscience in nature - then these products will be absent.


    Fourth, product not represented in the US is absent from the list. There are of course some outstanding audio manufacturers which do not target, have a strong interest in, or lack the resources to engage the US market.




    I am not criticising the above limitations as they are defensible or at least understandable. For example, it is perfectly reasonable for Stereophile to consider it wasteful to publish reports on products that the magazine's U.S. readers could not locally audition for themselves at specialty retailers.


    However, the limitations IMHO do tend to lead to lists which look dated and devoid of many new and outstanding audio products.
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