Buyers Guide - Quantum Atlas III - obsolete!

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Rob Hills
Joined: Apr 10 1999

It was good to see (at last) a SCSI drive in he buyers guide of the June issue of CV. The Quantum Atlas III is however no longer available, at least that is what Dabs Direct told me. They persuaded me to buy the Atlas IV which has a 2Mbyte cache and 6.8 mS access time.

I already have a Atlas II which gives adequate performance for editing DV using the DV300 and scores about 7Mbytes/s using DV expert.

The Atlas IV registers around 20Mbytes/s! It's not cheap at £340 for 9.1Gb, but is a guaranteed performer for anyone who owns a DV300 and is running NT4.0 on an ageing motherboard.

I thought you might

Joined: Mar 7 1999

Keeping the buyers' guide up to date is a major headache.

I'm seriously thinking about letting outsiders sponsor it and do the work, too.

Bob C

Joined: Jun 8 1999

I've gotta confess, I'm not certain that it's your mag, but I think it still states the Soundblaster AWE32 as being the current PC soundcard of choice!!

I don't think the AWE64 is even available any more!

I bought a SB128 for 90 quid just as it went obsolete and the SBLive! reduced to 40 quid!

Joined: Mar 7 1999

I've today agreed with one company that it will sponsor the hard disk section of the buyers' guide and prepare the listings for us.

Hopefully, this is just the start.

Bob C

Joined: Mar 8 1999



"Sponsor" is a weasel word for "paid advertising", right? Or (perish the thought) you gave them this advertising for free?

I do *not* want to read a list of hard disks
from a vendor, masquerading as editorial. They won't show any drives that they don't sell, and the prices they show will be their prices. Actually, i don't really want to read a list of hard drives in CV at all. Any catalogue (Dabs, Insight, Misco etc) gives me that.

I have no problem with a company advertising, but I want it clear that it is an advert. Not everyone knows that the words "sponsored by" is a synonym for "advertised by".

Here's my suggestion.

You're trying to cover too much in your
buyers guide. You should only cover those things that CV specialises in, such as capture devices, LE, and NLE systems. If someone wants a monitor, there's a good list available in *any* catalogue. Ditto hard disks, backup systems, DVD drives etc.
Last month on page 90, on CV, I could find out that Windows 95 exists, and I can buy it for £135. I seriously doubt if that information is so rare as to be worth printing.

If you stick to the things that CV staff
are really familiar with, then:

A) it won't be out of date, because you *know* what's the situation in capture cards.

B) The list in the buyers guide will be a lot shorter. Under Hard Disks, for example, you would give half a dozen URLs and phone numbers of people who sell a wide selection
of drives - no need to try to list the drives.

C) The space saved by not printing the redundant sections, can be devoted to
gripping features and other editorial
matter, and your ad sales people will find it easier to sell ads in that area than they currently do - advertisers do *not* want to be in the middle of a "Buyers Guide" because they have this belief that readers hardly ever read it (I used to be an advertiser, we called that part "the graveyard").