ONLINE - ISSUE 12
From Clark Johnsen's Diaries: Why I do not review audio gear!
Q: How is God not like an audio reviewer?
A: God never thinks He’s an audio reviewer.
Old joke, yes, but hardly challenging to a powerful intellect such as mine. Lord knows, my vast technical and musical expertise qualifies me as a veritable St. Paul or Philo Judaeus of audio. Lacking time to do the job justice, however, I simply choose not to review.
My saintly brothers and sisters who do ply the journalistic trade I’m certain attend to every myriad detail of set-up an exalted reviewer must consider before aspiring fully to Deity. In no particular order, these items should cover the territory:
Quite the daunting tasks! But each one you may be assured is faithfully performed before you read any magazine or on-line reviewer’s utterance. My heart goes out to that dedicated crew who spend many thankless, ill-paid hours ascertaining that all is shipshape before rendering righteous sonic judgment to the pious public. Indeed, audio reviewing is a sublime calling and wisely do its exalted practitioners evince undying trust in their powers of discernment. Readers may thus be confident that every detail has been covered before these worthies publish, knowing that whatever they say will be taken ex cathedra.
Forgive me, folks; I simply do not command sufficient time or resources to do the job right. I say, Leave it to Beaver.