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What is interesting is there’s a NY Times drama critic who does a similar thing: she will leave a performance early if she doesn’t like the show and then write her review on the performance. And she matter of factly wrote about it, seeing nothing wrong in doing it.

DrG

> On Mar 30, 2015, at 1:57 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> It has always been my belief that the critic of sound recordings stands-in
> for the consumer who does not have access to what is under review.  It is
> his job to describe what he hears for that person.  Opinions can be
> integrated into the review but it should be clear what is fact and what is
> opinion.
> 
> In this case, the listener should be made aware that there is a best file,
> sometimes publically accessible, sometimes not, and that what is being
> reviewed is a derivitave, with a list of its limitations as compared with
> the original or the highest quality availble option, a way to decide how
> important these differences may be to them, and what other options there may
> be as well. And to write in short, punchy sentences.
> 
> Steeven Smolian
>