How Hi-Fi Magazines Write about Cables, Part 5: An Audiophile Shelf

Yep, episode 5 in this series already. Someone on Twitter pointed me to this Tumblr, Wat HiFi?, which collects ludicrous statements about audiophile hardware, cables, and shelves. Shelves?

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There is an entire industry that thrives on unadulterated bullshit.

6 thoughts on “How Hi-Fi Magazines Write about Cables, Part 5: An Audiophile Shelf

  1. I’ve been 100% with you on the digital cable nonsense. (And I continue to think Occam’s Razor points to advertiser/editorial corruption rather than sheer idiocy.) But, assuming they’re talking about speakers mounted on shelves, that certainly can affect the sound quality. They may be utterly ridiculous on how they’re presenting even that, but the general principle does exist.

    • Follow the link from the Tumblr; it’s just a shelf, they’re not talking about speakers. It almost reads as though the text was generated at random, because the way the rest of the “review” reads is more about the design. In context with the preceding paragraph:

      “Putting our kit on the Genesis 7.0 sees it produces a top-notch performance.

      Everything is smooth and well-balanced, with a confident delivery that’s responsive and packed with subtlety, timing and detail.”

  2. I’ve been 100% with you on the digital cable nonsense. (And I continue to think Occam’s Razor points to advertiser/editorial corruption rather than sheer idiocy.) But, assuming they’re talking about speakers mounted on shelves, that certainly can affect the sound quality. They may be utterly ridiculous on how they’re presenting even that, but the general principle does exist.

    • Follow the link from the Tumblr; it’s just a shelf, they’re not talking about speakers. It almost reads as though the text was generated at random, because the way the rest of the “review” reads is more about the design. In context with the preceding paragraph:

      “Putting our kit on the Genesis 7.0 sees it produces a top-notch performance.

      Everything is smooth and well-balanced, with a confident delivery that’s responsive and packed with subtlety, timing and detail.”

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