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RE: I have to agree with you

Abe, the conservative comments are Paul Seydor's reviewing style - which is similar to the Robert Greene (also TAS) style of reviewing.
I find these types of reviews far more honest (and useful) than the ones filled with hyperbole giving the false impression of sonic gulfs between broadly similar sounding electronics.
Contrast this to TAS editor Robert Harley's reviewing style - where every new mega priced product is praised to the sky as some new paradigm.....until the following month when he reviews the next 'big thing'.

In actual fact I thought Seydor found the Yamaha to be quite praiseworthy in his concluding paragraph:
There are some electronic components that immediately announce themselves with a distinctive sound, while others just do their job with a minimum of fuss and bother, preferring to remain in the background as it were. This new Yamaha is obviously one of the latter, which I intend as very high praise indeed. Its operation was flawless throughout the review period and it was fully up to the most demanding source material I threw at it, never betraying any evidence of stress, strain, or effortfulness. If someone asked me to recommend a high-quality preamp and amplifier in a single box free from quirks and idiosyncrasies both sonic and functional, one that is reliable, trouble-free, and does just precisely what it's designed to do—which is transfer the source with as little alteration as possible to the speakers—the A-S3000 would be very high on any short list."
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