So I had a suggested video pop up in my Youtube feed.
It was for a smart NAD speaker amp. I thought meh I will have a look. Got a bit in and the guy starts saying how he is using Audioquest nrgx3 cables to make sure the power is good for both of them and the same.
Immediately turned me off and I plan to stay far away from that channel.
Can’t trust a reviewer who thinks 100 dollar AC power cables matter.
So that got me thinking. Who do you fellow forum users have on your no no naughty lists and who are some of your favorite audio reviewers. Youtube or otherwise.
Other than Zeos and DMS. Bad Guy Good Audio https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIw1An1OUp4XIv_h6si2etQ has also been good.
There are some occasional others. But very rare that I will watch/read their stuff.
Let’s come together and share out favorites…and people we wouldn’t trust with a 100 meter pole poke.
I will continually edit this post for the two lists of good and bad. Maybe I will put a mini quote next to each one to describe their style.
Reviewers and their style so far:
Bert Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyttd04b4AJxH4slyUuJaA
Review Style: Sesame street style PUPPETS!!, informative, sometimes a dash of history, a sprinkling of comedy, long form (15m+ so far), NEW reviewer with only a few videos out.
Suggested by: @Hyp0xia
Resolve Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/user/GrippeSC2
Review Style: Hands, fixed camera, closeup shots cut in strategically, critical of anything that stands out and is bad, very in depth analysis, long form (15+ minutes), descriptive, very straight with no fussing about. Can be quite bland which depending on the listener/watcher is a good or bad thing.
Suggested by: @abm0
Review Style: informative, a touch slow, hard to categorize as he does things a few different ways. Will have to watch more and update later.
Suggested by: @elira
The No No bad reviewer list (my opinion):
John Darko: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQIcXQ2n0sa-7CD0NtqnrrA
Reason: A 100 dollar AC cable makes his stuff sound better…yeah no definitely not
Max Settings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr98MgOIAq7dagJfE4baFBw
Reason: Sounds very full of himself in his videos, complete douche. Is perfectly fine with bringing his personal issues with individuals into videos. Social issues. Spent 1/3rd of his Verum 1 review complaining about how the owner thinks gear should cost what it really costs, not inflated prices. Tells the owner how he should run his company. massive air-quotes Does NOT want to start drama massive air-quotes. Baby boy that only works when you have more than a few million subs.
No Theme Reviews (NTR or Netorare): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZKtvy4dKni9hHQhy5_Z-mA
Reason: Try’s to be that really edgy guy in audio and it is just cringy. His constant tirade against anyone he doesn’t particularly like for one reason or another (DMS and Zeos for the most part). can’t seem to take valid fact based criticism of the things he says and does. Twists reality and facts into whatever he thinks wold be beneficial to him. Especially likes to alter things people say or use them out of context so that he can further whatever agenda he thinks he has.
Ignoring all that, his reviews are very dull and don’t offer much in any category. You can get more info in a 1 minute read than you can from this guy in a 25 minute video.
This is just the tip of the iceberg with NTR. I don’t have all day to list complaints.