I just read through the April 2012, edition of The Absolute Sound Magazine and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed all of the reveiws from the 2012 CES show. It was a bit overwhelming trying to absorb all of the information, new products, and reviews that were provided.
However, when I came to page 84 and read Jonathan Valin's best of show reviews, I was appalled at the level of pretension that was spewed forth in his comments for "Best Sound for the Lowest Price". The lowest priced product he could find to his liking out of thousands of products were a $17,000 pair of speakers?
That's fine, but then to throw out there that he does not review bargain based gear, and the fact that something may have been rated BOS if it fell into his price range was just too much to take. I could not turn the page without first responding to this kind of elitist talk.
I like the idea that someone would choose to focus on a particular segment of the market, but I would guess that many of the reviewers that deal with high end gear could not afford to purchase much of the equipment they review. Knowing this just aggravates me more when I read this sort of talk.
This kind of talk reminds me of the Lexicon BD30, Oppo debacle. In my opinion thinking something is better because of price is a dangerous path to walk and has no place in a reputable magazine.