I am starting a new thread here, this topic seems somewhat misplaced in a thread about Wilson speakers.
Let me first be clear about the fact that I have personally no reason to suspect any TAS reviewers of taking advantage of their positions as reviewers. This thread is meant to be a suggestion in order to have full transparency with regards to the difficult long term loan/ manufacturers marketing issue. I think one have to establish some kind of a benchmark or new practice so that there is absolutely no doubt about these issues. What I would like to see under the “Associated equipment” section in TAS (and Hifi+ for that matter) are:
- Which products are in for a review
- Which product are on loan from manufacturers and since when
- Which products are the reviewers own
I guess that we all can agree to the fact that the best marketing for a manufacturer of High End Audio equipment is to be listed as reference products for high profile reviewers, like in TAS. Even better, as a long term reference.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this, both from TAS and other readers, thanks.