From the archives: Dear Sir: Linn, Naim and the self apointed brand-Mujahadin

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In defence of sensible Linn and Naim owners

Apparently you have exercised your executive privilege – which is entirely your right in setting up this online magazine.

I would like to point out that was has already made the site great, and you should not lose sight of it is the depth and diversity of opinion and the differing viewpoints. I have recently and voluntarily been de-Linned and de-Naimed and I happy for it. but not everyone who continues to own these makers are nutters. Sadly quite a few seem to be but I do not think they are representative. They just shout louder. People who read forums are I suppose a bit unusual but live and let live I say. I do agree though that the ‘Mujahadin’ as you describe them are a nuisance. They love the ‘car’ and find the destination irrelevant.

You Mr. Editor should create a reference classification and the components to be included.

I would like to see more end-user reviews on the site. How about reviews of new products, not just vintage ones even though I like those?

Keep up the good work and get some help with generating reference classifications.


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  • HP

    Editorial reply:

    The Linn and Naim forum-based Mujahadin’ ARE a menace to music lovers and damage, distort and deflect the credibility of this industry when view from outsiders; the very people who are the next generation life blood of this industry. They present opinion as truth – as if they are the exclusive custodians of truth and like literally everyone who evangelises on any subject anywhere, they are self-appointed. Just like I’ve self appointed me. And my views are opinions. Not truth, although they might be.

    Okay maybe my use of Mujahadin’ is extreme but I did it to make a point. Look at some of the forums. The entire concept of freedom of speech is being hijacked by those that seek to undermine that very freedom. Seems to reflect like in the outside world a bit doesn’t it?

    Re Hi-Fi News, yes I do have a fair idea – if rumours turn out to be true about what’s apparently going on there. Really though it’s none of my business. Reports that I set up this blog as a direct rival (if that’s what you are alluding to) are ludicrous. I don’t have the time nor the inclination and anyway the senior editorial leadership there is capable of doing more damage to that once great publication than I ever could, would or might choose to. Let them get on with it I say.

    Their finest asset there in my view is Ken Kessler – and he writes regularly for this site. Nuff said for now.

    Nice idea about reference classifications. But I’m too ignorant about all the other good stuff out there that I’ve not heard about or even auditioned to make it credible let alone useful. For me to do this would be a mockery because it would like so many if not all of these things, a printed list filtered through and washed by my own positive and negative prejudices. Worthless for anyone reading it beyond wondering what my own thoughts are which although possibly exposed to more listening than most are nothing more than opinions.