I wasn’t sure where to ask this, so thought I’d try here. Hopefully I’m not being too nosey.
When CD Freaks reviews a CD/DVD player/burner, do you always buy it yourself or do at least some manufacturers send you a free sample? Whatever the answer, do you think that’s also the case for other computer review sites (like tomshardware and arstechnia)?
I ask because I want to buy a new, good DVD player for my living room, and am getting upset that so few sites (or for that matter, magazines) offer DVD player reviews that match the quality of what I’m used to getting from computer-oriented sites. Actually, the only good collection of DVD player reviews I found is at http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-bin/shootout.cgi . The reviews don’t focus on compatibility with other formats (VCD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, Kodak, etc.) but do really tear the video processing apart. Unfortunately, too many of the players cost over 1000 dollars US, and many manufacturers aren’t represented at all because they don’t want their players reviewed. On another site, a reviewer told me privately that consumer electronics companies are often frightened by the possibility of bad reviews.
So would you say this is also the case with the computer industry…or not? And if you know of any thorough, English-language review sites for A/V equipment, please let me know!