Quote Arthur Stone:
Most of my equipment buys have been partly-based on SOS reviews and I find that generally the products have been useful and good value - some higher end products are good investments both sonically and financially.
If I KNOW I need a particular piece of gear to do a particular job, every manufacturer who can point to a good SOS review (has there ever been a bad one? :-) does so on their web site.
However, if there's money burning a hole in my pocket, SOS will give me LOTS of ideas how to spend it! Probably better not to subscribe. The technique and music-based articles will still be fresh after 5 months.
Seriously, prove me wrong? Who would like to point me to a SOS review (better stick to the publicly-available issues) that slated a product? You can include any of the other online-available magazines too.
The nearest I remember is a roundup of external clock boxes. The review very fairly states "you almost certainly don't need one". Doesn't stop it continuing into the details of different models though :-)