What should be mandatory in every professional published review-

When testing a company's newest amp, preamp, etc, and it is a refinement of a prior product that was on the market, ie, a Mark II, an SE version, a .2 etc, it should be mandatory that the review includes a direct comparison with the immediate predecessor. IMHO, it's not enough to know ion the product is good; it's also important to know if there is a meaningful difference with the immediate predecessor.

I'm  fan of Pass Labs, and I just looked at a review of an XP22 preamp. I find it very disturbing that there was no direct comparison between the XP22 and the XP20. And this lack of direct comparison is ubiquitous in hi-end published reviews, across all brands of gear tested. I don't blame the gear manufacturers, but rather the publications as I view this as an abdication of journalistic integrity.


Opinions welcome- 


Reviewers have opinions just like you or I do. I’m sure nobody agrees with everyone. 


How long can it float? What do you mean? In mercury? Seawater? Molten lava? 

Specifications are technical. Where's Amir when you need him?



The Stereophile comment is a good one. One of the main benefits of being able to post your system here is anyone who wonders what kind of a listener you are can go and see for themselves. If you want to make one thing mandatory for reviewers, this might be it. Let them write and say whatever they want. Long as we can look and see what was what when they formed their impressions. It's the audiophile version of the Rosetta Stone

Would Seem the General consensus is Research yourself, listen to your own hands on hearing. Not all reviewers are bloated blowhards that said who cares it’s you that has to be happy and that’s what matters. IMO we’re all Professionals when it comes to liking what you hear, no course involved with that, Don’t have to train a monkey to eat a banana, why should we pay a b…hard to tell us what they hear. Now if it’s specification technical that has value, but it still boils down to your personal hearing.


Very interesting topic.

I’ll take it one step further. Specifically, Speakers. But the same could be applied to amplifiers and other electronics.

I would like to see pictures of the actual drivers used compared to the predecessors or other speaker makers in the same price range. That is not just external pictures but the actual drivers themselves showing their magnet motor structure compared to others. For that matter, seeing the crossover inwards would also be helpful.

Some of the upper end loudspeaker's go for close or above $100K. I know the cabinets are expensive, but what makes up all the other costs. R&D? I dunno.

But it would be helpful to know what makes these products better than their predecessors or competitors.

With other electronics, show the circuit boards and the types of materials used. Why is it better from previous designs?

From the pictures that are available, some of the new components look to have very little inside heavy metal chassis.