If you’ve read as much work from tech journalists as I have, you have probably noticed it kind of stinks. Most of what sites like Gizmodo, Engadget, the Verge, Ars Technia, CNET, et cetera put out are either just rehashes of company press releases, amateur analysis, second rate political opinion pieces, or some combination of the three.
That’s not happening here. Most tech writers are not technical experts. They are people who have degrees in finding, aggregating and condensing information from a variety of sources. They aren’t in any position to be an authoritative source on anything. They don’t, at a fundamental level, understand the things that they are reporting on.
Some outlets are obviously better than others. There are people who are experts on listening and know how to use laboratory instruments to understand a piece of electronics. Those people will give you measurements alongside their reviews and are people you should look to for advice and reviews. In addition to legacy publications like Sound and Vision, and Stereophile (two brands owned by one group), you should check out:
- Average Joe Audiophile is run by a dedicated amateur who has been doing in depth frequency response measurements for a couple of years.
- No Audiophile is run by another dedicated amateur who loves to open up speakers and review them for computer use.
However, as far as I can tell, there aren’t any people blogging about tech who actually have jobs in the field. I have worked on audio and acoustics problems in the air, on the ground, in your house, in your car and underwater. I’ve worked on them for every sort of customer. I am a dedicated enthusiast. I worked on acoustics and sound problems in academia. When it comes to working with sound, I’ve been there. My 9-5 job is working with sound. When I got my Master’s from Georgia Tech, I took classes in audio and acoustics, and worked on sound related problems for my research.
That’s what you get by reading someone like me. I know and understand audio products almost as well as the people making them. I could be doing those kinds of jobs if I wanted to change what I’m currently doing. And because you’re reading someone who knows their audio so well, you won’t be reliant on a non-technical person repeating information someone else tells them. I can give you straight, unfiltered opinions from an expert.
Keep watching this space, Affordable Home Audio is going to be an interesting place.