Just posting in another thread, I had cause to think about HiFi reviewers and how my opinion on them has changed over the years.
There are some really amazing journalists out there - and a long list of illustrious alumni!
I remember Jimmy Hughes being a particularly divisive character - he was Mr Tweak-it before it was generally accepted that you don’t just plug things in and expect them to sound great. I think he was quite partial to a Flux Dumper, but I may be wrong. Quite a character!
The dear departed Malcolm Steward was never short of strong opinions - and felt very “flat earth” before that was brought back into to the mainstream. Flat Earth = Less is More!
The journalist that I’ve shifted my opinion on massively over the years is Ken Kessler. I made reference in the other post about how his review in HFN&RR of the Apogee Scintilla Ribbon Speakers in the 80s was my absolute ground zero for this hobby. I must have read it 30 times - even though I was 17 and they cost £5500 (THEN!!!) - I lusted after them. Similarly Audio Research, Krell (which I decided I needed to drive those Apogee’s!) and a funny (but hugely expensive) Tone Control by an outfit called Cello…never heard of since to my knowledge, but his review was so effusive it was infectious.
It’s fair to say my opinion has shifted a lot since then, and to be honest HFN&RR feels more and more “the world according to KK” every time I read it (I still subscribe!) with me knowing exactly what he will think about the latest esoterica without reading the review, and rolling my eyes at the oh-so-predictable Record Reviews of his usual suspects of favourites. Oh - and he bangs on about Reel to Reel far more than I like too!
Anybody else have favourites - or otherwise?!?
Memorable reviews that kick started our journeys??