Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 film directed by Otto Preminger that details the trial of a man accused of killing his wife’s attacker based on his own flawed memory of the experience. Two years after the film’s release, science fiction writer Wayne C. Booth coined the term “unreliable narrator” to describe a story told by someone with a compromised perspective. Product reviews are not scientific documents, they are flawed journals recollecting an individual's experience.
You don’t build a time machine because you want to own something cool, you build one for the journey it will take you on. The importance of assembling a solid sound system is not about acquiring nice things, it’s about where those things will take you.
At its best, playback equipment should reproduce music exactly the way the artist envisioned, and take you on the intended experience. The hi-fi reviews on Resistor Mag will move beyond the sometimes tedious technical specifications or jargon only understood by dedicated audiophiles, instead we will convey the most important information in the most relatable way. Whether it costs $200, or $20,000, when writing on a piece of gear it will simply be because we’re interested in it and the manufacturer is kind enough to lend it to us.
It’s all about the connection with the music in the end – this is what we will ultimately listen for.