Over on the side of my site, at least if you aren’t using AdBlock, you’ll see a window with a list of the reference materials that I use for evaluating products. You’ve probably noticed that most reviewers go back to the same music and films, over and over again, when they review things. Why do we pick the titles that we do, and what makes a good piece of reference material? … [Read more...] about Choosing Reference Materials
When you look at a projector or display review, you’ll often see a picture of the common CIE diagram accompanying it. Many people will look at the diagram and say “That looks good”, but is that diagram really telling you anything useful? … [Read more...] about What does this chart tell you?
If you've read many of my reviews, you'll know that I'm a big believer in the importance of objective measurements and testing. While we all have our own beliefs and preferences, and our own tastes in music and movies and what is enjoyable to us, objective numbers give us something we can all rely on. We might interpret them differently to fit our preferences sometimes, but … [Read more...] about Bench Tests Never Lie (except when they do)
I’ve been a long-term subscriber to both The Absolute Sound and Stereophile. Even as I could find reviews sooner and cheaper online, I stuck with them both as they had access that other writers do not, and seemingly reputations that they would want to defend by not making crazy mistakes. While I will still keep my subscription to Stereophile going, once my current one to The … [Read more...] about Giving up on The Absolute Sound
Many times we get asked "What is the best projector?" or a similar question for a different component. People want to make sure they buy the unit that reviewers think is best, and might not have the time to go drive around town to many different dealers and see everything for themselves, or they might not even have all the units available in their town. As nice as it would be … [Read more...] about What is the best projector?