OneOfManyPauls wrote:when someone gives away that they aren't really knowledgeable about the technology then it's hard to know exactly why they actually like something.
You don't need to understand the technology to know if you like the sound of the thing or not.
I didn't say that you did, I said that it's hard know why one likes the sound of something when they make it clear that they don't understand the technology. People often like things because they believe that it is something that it isn't. The placebo effect punches above its weight class. People also say things that they don't mean when they're getting paid to do so. Technology assertions can be balanced independently. It doesn't matter if someone's getting paid to say that a certain product has a technological advantage which leads to a particular result if, in fact, the statement is true.
Like most of us, I can make value judgements for myself just by listening. I don't need reviewers to say "this sounds great." That's just an opinion. Saying this sounds great and is unique because it has X, Y, and Z, allows me to think about whether or not I have or need X, Y, and Z, and whether that will lead to an improvement for me.
I largely dismiss equipment recommendations from the technically ignorant because I've found that time bears out the weakness of their recommendations. It's the first thing that I look for with an unknown reviewer.