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95% of the users declared that they didn't trust magazines for their ranking 

 

And therein lies the fallacy of your post. You and those other forum users (and me) are not normal people. Normal people go online or (maybe) into Richer Sounds, want to buy something 'good' and get the thing with 5 stars. 

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I've not got a problem with any individual award. 

But it's all pretty predictable. 

 

KEF LS50 winning the Reader award was odds on. How many who voted actually own them. 

 

Its also such such a commercial excercise. I've had emails from Superfi and Sevenoaks referencing the awards, I'm not ever so comfortable seeing a BUY link next to the winning items either. 

 

I dont think even mr Spock would regard the AKG K550 as on ear headphones. 

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I can't find the award for best HDMI cable...

Well done WHF. Good for you. :clap:

Maybe they've started to realise that many people won't fall for that one anymore and by stating that digital cables can make a difference is putting off some of the poential readers?

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I don't think so. This looks like a recent review; the cable lacked dynamics, had an anaemic colour palette and an insecure grasp of motion.

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Anyone wake up this morning to an email from Richer Sounds telling you a lot of the What HiFi Awards winners? Is this normal before anything officially released from What HiFI themselves?

Officially the embargo ended one minute past midnight, so Richer were perfectly entitled to release their email then. Our iPad edition also went live at exactly the same time. The website went live at 9am as we had to do an enormous amount of work overnight to get everything ready without giving the game away beforehand. As for a regular 9-5 working day - I wish! We've been working early/late every day this week to get everything sorted. I now need one of these :beer:

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I don't think so. This looks like a recent review; the cable lacked dynamics, had an anaemic colour palette and an insecure grasp of motion.

Authored on: 2012-03-27 11:50:44 +0100

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OOI Andy, if you're able to say, how long in advance are the retailers told and how is it decided which retailers are told? (I had emails from Richers, Sevenoaks and Superfi, all well before I got the WHF email late today.)

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RE: lesmallett wrote:Anyone wake

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I don't think so. This looks like a recent review; the cable lacked dynamics, had an anaemic colour palette and an insecure grasp of motion.

Authored on: 2012-03-27 11:50:44 +0100

 

Ok. So we're thinking maybe WHF has had an epiphany in 2013? If only it was possible to search reviews by date.... what EDITED designed this EDITED site software, eh?

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OOI Andy, if you're able to say, how long in advance are the retailers told and how is it decided which retailers are told? (I had emails from Richers, Sevenoaks and Superfi, all well before I got the WHF email late today.)

Presumably they were all at the awards ceremony.

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The Sennheiser Momentum headphones are over ear not on ears, the on ear ones are about £100 cheaper.

We decided to simplify the naming convention in the Headphone category (one of the biggest with 13 Awards) by referring to them as in-ears, best portable on-ears (including 'over-ears') and best home on/over-ears (which are either too large to wear out and about, or in the case of the Grados sound fabulous but leak sound like crazy). Our view is that the distinction between on-ear and over-ear is a slightly artificial one and makes things even more confusing for the buyer. You're welcome to disagree Smile

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OOI Andy, if you're able to say, how long in advance are the retailers told and how is it decided which retailers are told? (I had emails from Richers, Sevenoaks and Superfi, all well before I got the WHF email late today.)

There's no secret about it. We held an Awards dinner in London on October 10th where we announced the winners to the industry (manufacturers, PRs and retailers). The Awards were then under strict embargo for one week until today, so retailers/manufacturers had time to get stock into the shops and prepare their marketing material. Then they can release their advertising/emails or whatever on the same day we unveil the winners publicly.

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BenLaw wrote:

OOI Andy, if you're able to say, how long in advance are the retailers told and how is it decided which retailers are told? (I had emails from Richers, Sevenoaks and Superfi, all well before I got the WHF email late today.)

Presumably they were all at the awards ceremony.

 

Oh yeah, I forgot they had an actual ceremony. My invite must have got lost in the post again.

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Andy Clough wrote:

There's no secret about it. We held an Awards dinner in London on October 10th where we announced the winners to the industry (manufacturers, PRs and retailers). The Awards were then under strict embargo for one week until today, so retailers/manufacturers had time to get stock into the shops and prepare their marketing material. Then they can release their advertising/emails or whatever on the same day we unveil the winners publicly.

 

Thanks Andy.

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NSA_watch_my_toilet wrote:

95% of the users declared that they didn't trust magazines for their ranking 

 

And therein lies the fallacy of your post. You and those other forum users (and me) are not normal people. Normal people go online or (maybe) into Richer Sounds, want to buy something 'good' and get the thing with 5 stars. 

Bang on.  Exactly what I used to do when I was normal.  Ah, happy days.

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I seriously doubt you've ever been normal Craig. 

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