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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

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chebby wrote:

MrReaper182 wrote:

The magazine can not just cater to your writing style tastes as it has to write it's articles in a way that's going to appeal to the the majority of people and I think it does a good job of that. Just because you find someone's writing style funny does not mean everyone else will. If the magazine was to try and appeal to everyone tastes then it would look very different each month and then most people would stop buying the magazine (as most people don't like change) and then this site would probably be gone. 

It has to appeal equally to everyone without a personality.

That's me catered for...

Quote what I wrote, but please don't change the actual words.

I actually said ...

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It has to appeal equally to everyone without 'personality' getting in the way.

Please can the mods amend PP's misquote.

Chebby it was changed for humorous reasons. The only person I'm taking the EDITED out of is ME!

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I think it was fairly obvious what PP did.  I shall save my red pen for when it's important (and I am not on my phone).

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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

I think the reviews have actually improved recently.

 

I too was a fan of the old style reviews and for a while I found the reviews became too descriptive of features and had far less discussion on audio / picture quality. 

 

But over the last few months or so the subjective impression I get is that more of the reviews are focusing on describing the sound / quality of the product.  This is very welcome IMO. 

 

 

If I could change anything, I would say that I would want every audio review to include a few sentences or a  text box on kit partnering.  By this I don't necessarily mean a list of current products as most of us tend to buy one component at a time, but rather somthing general like "...as this Network Player has a dull top end, it might be useful to remedy an overly harsh sounding system", or perhaps generic advice "...we found the amp worked well with a variety of speakers but  in the price comparable bracket it particularly shined with Monitor Audio".

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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

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Sorry to say this, but that's why I read Andrew Everard's blog nowadays. The guy could review electric kettles and make the article interesting and funny and convince the reader that he really cares about the subject.

I enjoy reading Andrew's blog as well, but I don't read it for review purposes, I can't recall him ever reviewing anything he didn't absolutely love since he left the magazine, every review is a glowing tribute to how wonderful the current piece of kit he's listening to is.

Now, it may be that he has an agreement with the people sending him review gear that if he doesn't really like something he won't write about it but I'd have thought that would be a quick way to get a lot of manufacturers not sending you stuff any further, so I'm not sure what the explanation is. It feels a little artificial though.

Still enjoy reading his blogs though, he is a very interesting writer.

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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

Interesting discussion. It has always been our policy to review as a team, not as individuals, which is why our reviews don't have bylines on them. Yes, one person will be responsible for writing each review, but it is a collective view of the product and how it performs – everyone listens in on each other's test in our listening rooms, there's lots of discussion about the overall verdict, and our technical editor does a second listen on every review. That way we dial out any personal bias creeping in and ensure a level playing field.

I appreciate that this sometimes means the reviews can lack personality, perhaps, but it is intended to be a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision review, not that of a named individual. American magazines, in particular, tend to major on reviews by a named individual and that's fine – there's room for both approaches in my view, and both are equally valid.

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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

Sliced Bread wrote:

I think the reviews have actually improved recently.

I too was a fan of the old style reviews and for a while I found the reviews became too descriptive of features and had far less discussion on audio / picture quality. 

But over the last few months or so the subjective impression I get is that more of the reviews are focusing on describing the sound / quality of the product.  This is very welcome IMO. 

That's definitely something we've tried to address, with more emphasis on sound/picture quality and how the product performs.

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RE: Are there too many articles about mobile devices?

Andy Clough wrote:

Sliced Bread wrote:

I think the reviews have actually improved recently.

I too was a fan of the old style reviews and for a while I found the reviews became too descriptive of features and had far less discussion on audio / picture quality. 

But over the last few months or so the subjective impression I get is that more of the reviews are focusing on describing the sound / quality of the product.  This is very welcome IMO. 

That's definitely something we've tried to address, with more emphasis on sound/picture quality and how the product performs.

That's good to know...it's definitely showing Smile

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