Reviews: Who Says It’s Good, And How Do They Know?

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Roger Skoff: In the last installment (Part 3) of this continuing series on audio reviews and reviewers I named three requirements for good reviewing ― the ability to judge products' performance; the ability to apply some (consistent) standard for rating them; and the ability to communicate one's judgments and ratings to other people in a way that they will be able to understand and benefit from.

I also took a look at the first of those requirements and wrote a little about its own prerequisites: a good enough "reference system" in a good enough room so that all "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of the products under review can be exposed to you; a good enough (but not necessarily "Golden") set of ears to tell which is what; and enough time spent listening to enough different kinds of program material that you can be sure you've heard all about that product that you and your audience will want or need to know.

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