Hi there - first, and slightly controversial, post from me -
What Hi Fi seems to buy it though, with its 5 star reviews of RA products!
Wow. They've basically been told not to claim any benefits for their products (calls broker).
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I'd like to know why Keith phoned them in the first place though............
Eh? Who is Keith? I am also curious as to who raised the complaint in the first place. The RA claims are usually ridiculed in pro audio (i.e. no hi fi, but music production) forums so I am not surprised someone has raised this to test the claims.
You can always rely on lawyers to come up with controversial opening arguments...
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No you can't.
Having dealt with the ASA a number of times for various clients, I know they can be quite tough, but this is a blow to RA if they can't support their claims. I would imagine that one of RA's fiercest competitors was the complainant as that is usually the case!
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Is this the five-minute argument or the full half hour?
But if RA's competitor is making the same type of products on the same snake oil basis, then how would they benefit?
I should say, BTW, that I dabble in music production and that is why I know about recording engineers' general views about RA and this sort of thing.
But what is WHF's stance on this? Presumably it does not give 5 stars willy nilly. And I'm pretty much relying on WHF when I buy my new LCD TV and (if I can afford it) Arcam solo next month!
If they haven't got the evidence to support their claims then the ASA are correct in upholding the comment. I'm surprised that RA really haven't got this support, you can't rely on getting away with things for ever as inevitably there will be someone who wants to stick the boot in.
Not bad - only nine posts in before we have to put 50p in the 'snake oil' box.
Our stance is that we report on what we see and/or hear when we test the products, rather than get drawn into the claim and counterclaim of the interminable objectivist/subjectivist flame wars.
And no, we certainly don't dole out five-star verdicts either willy or nilly.
Fortunately HiFi is not quite as objective as this, everyone has a different set of ears and different tastes in music. Given many a recording studio uses expensive wiring they can't all be wrong. I still believe that having dedicated, pure, RF shielded etc leads is of benefit to a system's sound. It's the same with Premium petrol, do you get a cleaner engine, does it improve performance, do you get better MPG? There are arguments both ways.
If we all bought HiFi based on a performance graph then the world would be a worse place and we'd all end up with the same system. Some people want detail, some people want bass, some want soundstage. Each to his own.
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