Felger Carbon wrote:
Okay, I'm a relative newcomer here, but I get the distinct impression that SilenX is not getting a fair shake. Untruths are bandied about re their releasing measurement method info. What gives?
This is likely part of the reason:
I) Peter Kim/SilenX
Not well liked on this site. Start here
to find out why
On another note... more subjective. For a long while, SPCR has recommended fans that measure around 22 dBA (at 12 V). A number of well-respected quiet fan manufacturers (Antec and Nexus to name a couple) release fans with specifications similar to this level, and quoting roughly the same value in their marketing material. It's not an official standard, but it's there as a reference value.
Then SilenX comes along with their fans spec'ed at 14 dBA or some even at 9 dBA. A couple of SPCR readers get them and report back that they're not significantly quieter than what we've been using previously.
Now, of course SilenX tells you how they measure it, but is an average user going to read that and compare to other companies? No, he'll see the Nexus at 12 V is 21 dBA (or whatever the real value is), the SilenX is 14 dBA and his decision. SilenX benefits.
Let's compare this to a couple manufacturers selling (for a lack of better example) vodka. Let's pretend there's no government regulations. There are a couple on the market that sell a standard 40% by volume, so a litre of vodka contains 400 mL of ethanol and 600 mL of water. A new company decides that 400 mL in 600 mL is really 67%, and so markets their vodka as being 67% alcohol in water
. Many "users" would just look at the label and assume that this is the same rating system other companies use... After all, why would they use a different one?
Of course, the fact that SilenX engaged and continues to engage in some shady business such as screwing out QuietPC.com
(there's more of that saga on the forums; "Peter Kim silenx" are good search terms to start you off) and claiming on http://www.silenx.com/aboutus.asp
that SilenX started in 1995 (when Peter Kim was in middle school) doesn't help the image of a knock-off of a company.
What SilenX is doing is not illegal, but it is
misleading and judging by Peter Kim's previous antics may well be misleading on purpose. We have little reason to like them. (Especially as their as-good-as-Nexus fans are more expensive.)