Loaner policy: posting impressions is required

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  1. purr1n

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    A quick reminder for loaners is that you are supposed to post something, even if you hate it or think it's a turd. Not everyone likes everything and I think what makes SBAF special is that we are all grown up enough to not be butthurt, but rather enjoy reading when someone else has a different preference when it goes to gear.

    Anything something means at least two sentences. It doesn't have to be an essay.

    Post it in the impressions thread please, not in the loaner thread.
     
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    Just my two centavos but whatever impressions come out of tours might be better shared in main threads just for how loaner threads might be less relevant over time. Easier to collate data then.
     
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    It's neither here nor there, but the original point I was making in my profile post was to question the amount of initial pre-loaner-tour hype over any specific item. I intentionally didn't post any impressions of the last couple DACs I personally loaned out mostly because the specific DAC chipset/topology has a certain "aura" about it that I personally didn't want to bias through overly enthusiastic hyperbole.

    I merely wanted to put the things out there to see what folks thought about the sound without much extra fuss.

    Maybe that wasn't clearly articulated, and I apologize for that.
     
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    @yotacowboy I understand where you're coming from but I don't think such a policy is productive.

    Pre-loaner tour hype is what generates interest in a product that gets the loaner tour momentum to begin with. Additionally, it leads to more people joining the tour which increases impressions which helps mitigate early hype due to variety of chains, law of averages etc.

    It's also not feasible to conduct "black box" type testing where people don't know anything about what they're listening to in advance. Questioning the impressions of others, early hype or otherwise, and verifying if you hear what I hear is half the charm.
     
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    More unsolicited input, but honestly the threads where people here end up not agreeing on gear almost always end up the most elucidating, and occasionally the most entertaining as well.

    The fact that we don't all have the same preferences or even hear things the same way should speak volumes on what the forum ostensibly stands for (i.e. there is no one right choice in this hobby and no one metric by which to make decisions unlike what clergy from the Church of SIN-AD might preach), and reading into what people are saying in reviews as much as reading what is on the page makes for greater utility overall.

    TL;DR share opinions. Ideally try not to proselytise too much or forget that others might not be looking for the same things as you, but all data is useful in some capacity or other.
     
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    Please post all impressions in the appropriate impressions thread, however long they are even if just 2 sentences.

    Please do not post impressions in the loaner threads. I have to keep track of all the loaner threads and need to check every response and I want to keep the loaner threads clean and organized to just posts about the progress of the loaners so I can keep track of them and don't have to filter through impressions.

    Also, impressions posted in the loaner threads will get lost or won't be seen at all.

    thank you
     
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    bump to remind everyone. lots of loaners out. we should be reading more impressions.
     

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