This line just... grinds my gears.
True to form, the AVADirect Quiet Gaming System is, indeed, quiet. I can't verify the certification by SPCR; most sound meters don't read below 30dB, so testing to see if those figures are accurate just isn't possible.
No, just because you
aren't able to, doesn't mean it's not possible.
The whole thing starts off on a bit of a slant, and this line did not help my impression of the article as a case of review-envy
. I'm sure the reviewer meant to say "just is not possible for us
", but indeed worded it poorly. Also, I realise the standards are not exactly high in this field, but the sniping? That was hilarious.
The Puget Systems review referenced in the article has no such bite to it. Possibly because that was an exceptionally quiet system, and it was "SPCR Edition", not "Certified".
It seems the word Certification got taken very (read: too) seriously, but Certifications and Standards are an actual Big Thing. As Dave_M pointed out, there's some tuning to be done here if this is to be an actual Thing and a serious system: impressions (branding) matter, as does the legibility of what the certification is and entails, so no one flies off the handle when the certified product actually makes a sound.
PS. I have my own reservations about the H2 case, but bias like that in a review comes across as a grudge. Then again, a $99 case in a $2,800 system does sound a bit suspect from the word Go.
I wish the AnandTech reviewer would have expanded more on the SPCR certification issue - what his problems and views were. He kind of dances around it. I'm not saying they couldn't be constructive but he comes off as somewhat passive/aggressive.
Ditto. Sniping is not going have the field progress, and if you are a reviewer, you should articulate and argue any points you would like to make.