We are curious audiophiles.
At Audio Bacon we value genuine impressions from actual listening tests. We don’t accept industry advertisements or sponsorships as we feel it’ll naturally form some level of bias. Although we see the merit of taking an objective approach, we believe one’s enjoyment of music is largely subjective and prefer to approach from that angle. There’s much to be said about the human emotional response to music and given the fact we all listen differently, these things just can’t be quantified. Due to age, exposure to loud concerts, birth defects, and life experiences, no two ears are ever the same.
We spend an enormous amount of time listening to products, testing permutations/edge cases, and reaffirming our results across different systems (and ears) in hopes of providing real value to our readers. We also take our own photos of the products we review. There are claims some reviewers from other sites simply just throw a bunch of hyperboles and superlatives together with a stock photo, collect a check, and call it a day…without even reviewing the product. It’s an injustice to those who are investing a lot of time and money into this hobby.
The goal of this journey is to decide what makes you feel good, use your objective eye to find out if there are any design commonalities, and zoom in from there. You may gravitate towards tube amplifiers with unshielded silver wiring or the sound of single driver speakers with no crossovers. You may even enjoy the clicks and pops of listening to vinyl due to reasons of nostalgia. Eventually, you may DIY your own solution and become a designer yourself. That’s how it all begins. Many of these designers aren’t “credentialed” but worked passionately to bring their interpretation of sonic bliss to your ears. We like to question everything but also keep an open mind to the potential of positive discoveries in this space.
Lastly, it’s easy to dismiss something as snake oil, but unless you’ve heard it yourself, you’ll be more constructive by actually spending time with these designs and do actual listening. Laws of physics apply but unless you’re omniscient, you should question everything. We believe there’s still much more to discover in the realm of psychoacoustics. Until then, trust your ears, because they’re the only ones that matter.
If you would like to be a guest reviewer on Audio Bacon, please drop us a line. We’re always looking for insightful ears.