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by Josh Ray on May 03 '06

 Firmen Shelter Shelter G Sh501

If you're one of those rare audiophiles who have some semblance of a life, you weren't on Audio Asylum yesterday for all the fist fighting and drunken brawling. It seems every few months the hardest of the hard core audiophiles get out the Winchesters and have a good ol' dustup over reviewing practices. While there's usually an argument buried towards the beginning of these threads, the dialogue typically devolves into "my tonearm is longer than your tonearm" sorta stuff. Here's a juicy sampler:

"YOU'RE A JERK OFF. Now call me "unprofessional" for labeling you what you clearly are...a JERK OFF."

"you are a fairy. piss off. "

And finally:

"As far as I can tell, JA has never screwed my dog."

Ah, yes. This is what high end audio is all about. Go read the fun yourself, but unless you're a regular at the AA corral, this won't make a bit of sense. I know the back story and I can barely follow the current plot. I could tell you what's going on but, in truth, it's so boring, you'll regret wasting the time to find out (the picture above has something to do with it). Of course, the big dogs of the biz smashing whiskey bottles over each other's heads is always news worthy and loads of fun (relatively speaking, of course).

Comments

Just like it says, it's an asylum for those afflicted with OCD over hi-end audio. OCD comprises relative arousal combined and mild schizophrenia. :) I guess the discussions here are a lot more civil because what hi-end audio mental case would wait for days and months for his favorite topic to come along thanks to one of your postings, Ray? :)
Hey, they don't call it an asylum for nothin' :) But yeah, it is always so fun when these self-proclaimed gods of audio journalism descend from their audiophile Olympus to go and stoop low enough to fight over and argue with the 'unwashed' (?) peasant, budgety masses. Whatever, I'll still have a Shelter 501 once my Dynavector goes belly-up and into cartridge heaven.
Who are these actors here? JA is the only one who used his title / affiliation in his signature.
Great Thread on a Great Cartridge!
Embarrassing for the profession (of public reviewers) if you ask me. Integrity in defending yourself is one thing. Making a public spectacle like this... On the internet that never forgets... Embarrassing. Audiophiles have a difficult stereotype as it is... This doesn’t help. I appreciate you making light of it Josh... That’s how it should be treated.
Here's a secret leftover from my days long ago as a mid-level executive in the consumer electronics industry: Reviewers aren't the "big dogs" of the business.
I wonder how much Mikey has hurt his career over the years with this kind of bad off-print behavoir?
I wonder how much Mikey has hurt his career over the years with this kind of bad off-print behavoir? And I wonder even more how he still manages to keep a job. I like Mike. Hey, anyone willing to stand for the cause of analog these days is more than deserving of recognition. But there some issues should be rather vented
I wonder how much Mikey has hurt his career over the years with this kind of bad off-print behavoir? And I wonder even more how he still manages to keep a job and remain an iconic audio figure - in America at least. I like Mike. Hey, anyone willing to stand for the cause of analog these days is more than deserving of recognition and support. But honestly, we could certainly do better without these displays of childish behavior and name calling which are more proper of an elementary school recess than to a bunch of aging baby boomers.