Everyone has a different opinion, where can I get good advice?

There’s misinformation and nonsense in any technical field and hi-fi is one of the worst. You are likely to get the best advice by speaking with specialists.

People often tell me:

“I read in a forum that I should buy XYZ…”

The problem is that most people writing in forums don’t have the technical understanding or actual experience to be able to contribute anything useful. Even the better audio and hi-fi forums are filled with subjective and conflicting opinions, technically incorrect misinformation, pseudo-science and plenty of babbling weirdos to be honest!

Often a source will start a ‘rumour’ which is then spread as fact by others lacking the ability to fact-check or filter it. Most readers of this nonsense don’t know which bits of information are important, right, wrong or ridiculous, creating a rabbit hole of wasted time, energy and money.

Note, I’m not talking about specialist private technical forums here. Some of those, like my old favourite Tektronix Yahoo group, were phenomenal. But a group like this, inhabited by genuinely informed individuals is a very different thing from Stereo.net for example. Sorry, don’t shoot the messenger.

The best and most qualified people I know aren’t involved in public forums. When you run a successful business, website or shop, you simply don’t have time or energy to waste engaging with them. I suggest you seek out these folks.