Spark influencers

  • Re: Last Chance Received yet?
    I wonder why all those youtube influencers, who gave the spark such good press and buzz, haven't produced follow up videos addressing the delivery issues, support and such their subscribers/supporters are experiencing? Their support for the amp helped drive customers to Positive Grid. If those influencers really care about the community that supports them, they would use their platforms to assert some pressure on PG or at least call for more answers from the company that used those influencers to market their product. Reputation goes both ways, PG's failure to deal with their issues and how they're handling paid customers can have a negative impact on those influencers too... unless if all the influencers care about is getting stuff - which is the impression they are showing right now.

  • maybe because they won't receive anything else for free from anyone if they bag it or the company... 😂
    I find those vids biased.
    I listen to the sound and features of what they're using,and if it suits me or not,
    not whether it suits them.

  • I don’t think you want to rely too much on any online review. I just look to these online reviews to see the amp features, how the app works, get an idea what it sounds like, and hear their general first impressions. The rest is up to me as a consumer. Tough decision with a preorder. I rolled the dice as it was a pretty reasonable price, $209. The wait sucked, but I’m happy with it for the most part, and hope it will continue to improve with updates.

  • @ericdietrich You make good points. Reviewers who received products from companies must disclose their relationship to them. If the Spark receives a good review it needs to be disclosed that shipping times are long and slow. Wouldn't it be great if a journalist looked into Positive Grid and interviewed leadership.
    Regarding the so-called influencers, most reviews strike me as fairly sincere. The Spark won Best Amp at NAMM.
    There is no quality control on YouTube. People doing videos set their own standards, and consumers can easily do a little research.
    Think of how much conversation there's been about a little $200 amp made in China.

  • @rexlarsenphoto Getting a journalist from one of the musical magazines would be wonderful. I have seen a couple of reviews on youtube from ordinary Spark users who ordered and had to wait for their amps to arrive like the rest of us, and they have mentioned, but only in passing, the problems with delivery of the amps. I agree with @crystalpit that regarding reviews it's best just to focus on what the equipment does and not how effusive any reviewer is about the equipment. That includes negative reviews, too. Just because something isn't good for some people doesn't mean it won't be good for others.

  • @dhbailey Good points. Critical reviews are increasingly rare in publications because advertising keeps them in business. We are in the Information Age, but with all the self publishing online there is a lack of fundamental journalism ethics and practices. Many of the online Spark “reviews” strike me as sincere but lacking in depth and disclosure.