As far as doing the review at the dealers he suggested that the amp was too heavy to install in his room and limited in availability. However, the amp weighs quite a bit less than the speakers that made it into his listening room and as far as not being available, if the manufacturer doesn’t have an item available for review, it’s not available for review. It’s not up to TAS to work around that. Mr. Harley made no attempt to explain how he was about to sort out what characteristics of the sound were caused by the items under review and which were from the unfamiliar ancillary equipment.
From what I know, speaking to Dieter himself ( this was a while back when he was alive) and to a few others in the company who I have known personally for a while, Burmester doesn’t give out equipment on long term loans. I obviously don’t know for sure if this is true but I do know that they are very a fussy company and like to generally keep a low profile, relatively speaking, up until recently. I see a lot more reviews these days of Burmester equipment. They seem to have shifted gears a bit in this regard.
On the question of whether a review can be done in a day through a store visit, I agree it’s ridiculous. At best, one can form an impression.
Yes I have read the reviews. I have also listened to them, though in show conditions. I love their electronics which is evident from the fact that I have been using them now for 15 years. I still feel one needs to live with the electronics/components for sometime ( or listen to them in different settings) to be able to opine conclusively. I agree though one can get an overall impression of their strengths and weaknesses in an intensive 2-days session.
I agree with @sujay. RH did about as thorough a report as one can do given just two days of listening time. And for all I know he may have done a good job describing the sound. I can’t say one way or another since I haven’t heard them.
Nevertheless, two days of listening to an unfamiliar system in an unfamiliar room is not enough time for a comprehensive review of any product, much less two products!