Outside reviewers anyone trust?

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    Any other reviewers out there that's out of SBAF orbit that doesn't totally lean in with their biases?

    Bringing this up because there's a lot of stuff out there, and to be honest, SBAF doesn't get into a fraction of it, good bad or ugly.

    Obviously I love what goes on here and subscribe to as little biased reviewing as possible, or at least I know who what your biases are and can adjust accordingly.

    Since this was a profile post, I will screen shot the current responses on the next post.
     
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    I remember reading tons on ijoker reviews on HF and his own site. I remember finally hearing an I EM he called “neutral” and it was SO bass shy. And the ones with a bit too much bass I knew those were likely good. So just a way to understand between his preferences (not bias) to mine. That kind of thing is important.

    But now we have Crinacle for IEM’s and I never quite agree 100% with anyone, he’s fairly on the mark. And he does some headphones, he’s also now dabbling in mechanical keyboards, so there is that. (I also enjoyed Crin’s best burger.)

    I know Zack said we all have our biases, and I find that true, but we actually have preferences over bias. And that is very rare. We are marked to be brand loyal, and I admit I do like how some operate and their design philosophies, and root for them to succeed, although I know not all some of those products or for me nor would I ever own.

    All of this is just more evidence of the hole that Tyll left on this community. I am still not sure anyone is up to the task of filling his shoes, myself included.
     
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    I think Andrew from headphones.com (Resolve) does a good job. I appreciate the generally measured opinions and lack of hype.
     
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    I probably shouldn't have used "trust" in the title, seeing memes pop out as if trust is a dirty word, lol. Damn, some of you had some sort of betrayal in your lives.

    But I will check them out to see what they review mostly on things SBAF doesn't review much. Thanks! and keep it coming.
     
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    I once searched for your reviews on amps after reading yours Asgard1 impression. The amp you called very open sounding and that was what I heard with the Asgard1. there was few reviewer commented on that open sounding except Mike from website headfonia. Then you seemed to like the Mjolnir1 which I was not keen on and that made me a little confused. Now I know that is a normal thing when an amp interacts differently with different headphones.
     
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    Ahh... them memes are indeed insidious! :cool:

    This site stuck in my head after checking out some speaker reviews quite a long time ago: No Audiophile. But I don't think he's done any headphones.
     
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    Just to clear this up, Asgard1 is kind of open and deep, but not really airy. It is quite warm and hazy. Mjolnir1 is slicing and dynamic without much harshness - very clean and detailed and very fast. They do bring their own sound, but it is more of what you are going for. Asgard1 is certainly more colored sound.

    And I will also say it is really funny running across my old posts. Sometimes I do read them and think, "do I still agree with my past self?" Most of the time I do, but some other things can shift perspective a little bit.
     
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    I tend to trust people I disagree most often with, still holds they hear what they hear. And what they enjoy things I don't.
    Probably the best system.
     
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    When someone recommends a headphone based on listening to Shpongle, Massive Attack and a a good selection of Metal/Prog/Jazz I tend to pay attention.

    When a reviewer has some Sphongle or Massive Attack in the test tracks, that says something. At Rock-Grotto there were some interesting people. Solderdude was one of those people who understood the importance of how a headphone driver renders a groove. A groove is not just bass, it is complicated but when it works you cannot sit still. The feet start to move and the head follows. He convinced me of the importance of the HD650/HD600.

    Check out his work. He is still doing his thing.
     
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    I find Currawong impressions to be pretty useful.
     

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