2021 Golden Schlong Nominations

Discussion in 'Leaderboard, Overboard, and Deals' started by purr1n, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. Yethal

    Yethal Facebook Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2018
    Likes Received:
    188
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Poland
    Jotunheim 2 for EV
     
  2. CaptainCope

    CaptainCope Almost "Made"

    Contributor
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2020
    Likes Received:
    58
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    San Francisco
    For brown starfish I nominate Topping L30. In late December 2020, this headphone amplifier started destroying headphones.

    I think this amplifier represents a great opportunity to explain our bias', how to think about audio equipment and what we value.
     
    • Like Like x 8
    • Epic Epic x 1
    • List
  3. Thad E Ginathom

    Thad E Ginathom Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Likes Received:
    11,304
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    India
    Awards for that kind of issue are likely to be given in court. How much does it cost if one's product deafens people? :eek:
     
  4. rhythmdevils

    rhythmdevils MOT: rhythmdevils audio

    Friend
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2020
    Likes Received:
    10,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    https://www.rhythmdevilsaudio.com
    Home Page:
    None of my nominations have been vetted by SBAF well enough, but are well deserving
    • Monoprice Cavalli Liquid Gold X (especially at the sale price and for Audeze headphones) (E)
    • Dunu Zen Pro iem (E)
    • Timeless 7hz iem (E) (V)
     
  5. Tachikoma

    Tachikoma Almost "Made"

    Contributor
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2015
    Likes Received:
    332
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Volume spikes still aren't fully fixed. Just remove the "feature" - it is such a stupid hill to die on.

    If iFi doubles down on the stupidity, I can't think of a more deserving awardee for the Brown Starfish. At least the Topping only killed headphones, not ears.
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2021
  6. Rockwell

    Rockwell Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2019
    Likes Received:
    489
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Dunu Zen Pro (E) - two weeks in and I'm half prepared to sell everything I have and just live with the Zen Pro and AK SR25ii as a source.

    7HZ Timeless (V) - it falls short of the Zen Pro for me and in some ways feels more like a prototype or harbinger of great things to come than a finished and polished product...but for $200 it's ridiculous. If they can fine tune this and iron a few kinks out, improve build quality and tighten the bass up just a wee bit it could slay everything on the market.

    Honorable mentions for me:

    1) Oriolus Isabellae (E)
    2) 64 Audio Duo (E) - great if you're a bass head looking for impeccable balance and no sacrifice to forwardness and resolving mids
    3) AK SR25ii DAP (E) - a phenomenal little player that is easily pocketable, has great battery life and a buttery smooth highly resolving sound.
     
  7. roshambo123

    roshambo123 Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    May 26, 2018
    Likes Received:
    1,738
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    We ever finish this? Don't see where we ever did the actual 2021 awards and we're nearly in February
     
  8. Vtory

    Vtory Audiophile™

    Friend MZR
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2016
    Likes Received:
    9,606
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    East Coast
    Thought Marv lost interest because of not very interesting candidates last year. We may change this to biennial, triennial, or even quadrennial, given slow innovations and highly duplicative candidates in the industry. Personally some recent products may be interesting to me. But forum-wise really none of them vetted by enough number of good ears.
     
  9. roshambo123

    roshambo123 Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    May 26, 2018
    Likes Received:
    1,738
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Unfortunately, personal audio may be entering a mature stage like digital camera technology did, with an impressive early stage with rapid advances followed by diminishing returns. There's less headroom for improvement that is relevant to people.
     
  10. Armaegis

    Armaegis Friend

    Friend BWC
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Likes Received:
    5,804
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Winnipeg
    The market has matured enough that some of the longevity awards may evolve to become "classic".
     
  11. Wilewarer

    Wilewarer Facebook Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2021
    Likes Received:
    142
    Trophy Points:
    33
    Location:
    Chicago
    Lots of this is the last few years probably just being an awful time to launch these kinds of products, too. Some companies had to deal with, say, the AKM fire torching a large part of their product line. Then there are parts shortages, increased logistics costs... and this while the prices on audio products have mostly not gone up very much on anything I've looked at (although I've started to notice a few). So besides the usual risks of "maybe it won't sell", the products are more expensive to make and have to compete with existing products that were priced out before all of this happened, and mostly haven't adjusted yet. Hard to compete under those conditions.
     
  12. roshambo123

    roshambo123 Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    May 26, 2018
    Likes Received:
    1,738
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Hopefully Schiit's prophesized slaughter of the sacred cows comes to pass.
     
  13. purr1n

    purr1n Burned out

    Staff Member Friend BWC
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Likes Received:
    81,340
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Padre Island CC TX
    I've decided. Only one Golden Schlong for 2021: The Golden Schlong for 2021 goes to all SBAF members.

    I look at SBAF now and think to myself: Wow, this is pretty amazing. Lots of different people with very different preferences and similar preferences. We can laud gear and crap on the same piece of gear and still be friends. The site is the perfect size. There's an appreciation of the importance of subjective impressions and a learned shared vocabulary to express aspects of sound phenomena. There's an appreciation but also a healthy understanding of the limitations of measurements. I've stepped back from content, but others have picked it up.

    I had certain goals in mind back in 2010. I can't believe we accomplished them. Things will only get more interesting with more varied content. Finally, RIP to those members who have passed.
     
    • Like Like x 26
    • Epic Epic x 21
    • List
  14. WoodyLuvr

    WoodyLuvr Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2021
    Likes Received:
    62
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    siam
    When should we expect to receive our golden schlong?

    upload_2022-2-4_10-46-42.jpeg
     
  15. Pancakes

    Pancakes Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2020
    Likes Received:
    1,049
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Atl
    • Epic Epic x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • List
  16. DrForBin

    DrForBin Friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Likes Received:
    547
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    The Great NorthWet
    hello,
    @WoodyLuvr, most likely in the form of a plushie.
    cheers!
     
  17. dasman66

    dasman66 Self proclaimed lazy ass - friend

    Friend
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2018
    Likes Received:
    1,663
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    NW Pennsylvania
    shawiinng
     
  18. ChaChaRealSmooth

    ChaChaRealSmooth Damsel in distress, ZMF Whore

    Staff Member Friend Gearmaster
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2018
    Likes Received:
    8,286
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Avalon
    Time to put "Golden Schlong winner" on all dating and LinkedIn profiles
     
    • Like Like x 9
    • Epic Epic x 6
    • List
  19. purr1n

    purr1n Burned out

    Staff Member Friend BWC
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Likes Received:
    81,340
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Padre Island CC TX
    That would be too funny if I made SBAF an entity on Linkedin. We still need moosehats. I see ourselves as the freemasons of the personal audio world. The good, the bad, and the dumb. All of it.
     
    • Like Like x 9
    • Epic Epic x 1
    • List
  20. Armaegis

    Armaegis Friend

    Friend BWC
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Likes Received:
    5,804
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Winnipeg
    Or water buffalo hats...
    upload_2022-2-3_23-36-12.jpeg
     

Share This Page