Missing the days of No Nonsense Hifi
Is it just me or have ALL Hifi and AV mags just become extensions of Gadget mags?
I can remember the days of equipment being compared on purely performance grounds. If a CD player, reciever or amplifier failed to get the 5 star/Editors Choice/BestBuy treatment etc, it was down to it not performing to an expected standard. If the quality came at the expense of having remote control, or only getting 5.1 rather than 9.2, then so be it.
But now we get AV amps being grilled for not having Bluetooth/Spotify/WIFI/control apps, or TVs not having Lovefilm/Netflix/BBC iPlayer/Facebook, or CD players not not acting as DACs for ipods.
None of this junk adds to the quality of reproduction achieved (sends it barreling the other way!). Plus these features like low quality streaming (spotify, iplayer etc) are handled much better on a something with decent computing grunt to keep the UI slick anyway.
At this rate we'll be seeing turntables losing a star because they don't have an app to lift the arm up at the end of the record!
As you may have guessed, I am bored this afternoon!