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ASR is relies on goodwill of the visitors and members of the site to cover its expenses and enable testing of more products. There are no sponsors. No adds. No nothing.

If you are interested in supporting us using donations, you can use one of the following four methods:

1. Patreon. This is an external service that accepts monthly donations. You can change/stop payments anytime you want. Just go to this page: https://www.patreon.com/audiosciencereview

Patreon takes its cut from donations you make. It is a good option if you want to spread your donations over time, or if you are not a member of ASR.

There is no linkage between Patreon and the forum software. So if you wish to be recognized as a Patreon donor, please contact me and I will do so. Alternatively you may want to wait a bit to see if I catch and update it.

2. ASR members can upgrade their membership to support us using one-time payment. This is the process:

To donate, click on your alias on top right of the forum. In the drop down select "Account Upgrades."




Once you click that, you are presented with three one-time options. I have set them to $25, $50 and $100 per year. There is no auto-renewal. It just expires after a year and you can then choose to donate again or not.

When you click on the option you like, you are taken to Paypal. You can use your paypal account if you have one. If you don't, just tell it so and you can enter any credit card you like.

Paypal is supposed to notify the forum software that you have made a donation so that your title gets upgraded here. Unfortunately it doesn't always work. So if after you donated you don't see a "Patreon donor" under your avatar, let me know and I will fix it.

3. Direct donation using Paypal. If you don't like to use any of the above options, just start a conversation with me and I can give you my paypal address for you to use for donation of any amount.

EDIT: the amazon thing doesn't seem to be work. So please use the above two methods.
4. Amazon affiliate. I am set up as an Amazon associate meaning that if you go to Amazon using a special link and buy things there, some percentage of the purchase amount gets sent to me as commission. The amount of commision ranges from zero to 8% I think. Sadly the highest amount is for fake jewelry and such.

To avoid appearance of bias, I do NOT currently provide links to products I review. I have a single link I have setup for a Topping D10: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...9P3X3&linkId=90d5ba32c12c3c2980eb1eb288a17f4d

You can use the above link to buy anything from Amazon and theoretically I get commision based on that. Simply navigate away from the above link to find whatever you want inside Amazon and we should be good to go. The price to you will be the same whether you use this affiliate link or not. So might as well use it so that something good comes out of it at Amazon's expense.

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This is a good time to thank the many of you that have donated. It puts a huge smile on my face every time I see a notification that a donation has been made. Not as much for the money which is appreciated, but the fact that there is no better acknowledgement of the value of this site than someone spending hard cash on it.
 
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Paypal is supposed to notify the forum software that you have made a donation so that your title gets upgraded here. Unfortunately it doesn't always work. So if after you donated you don't see a "Patreon donor" under your avatar, let me know and I will fix it.
I bought the $25 upgrade yesterday (24 hrs ago) and it doesn't show anything under my avatar yet (at least for me), but maybe it takes a little while? Regardless of that it was definitely a worthwhile donation considering all the time, effort and money you put into this site :D
 

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I bought the $25 upgrade yesterday (24 hrs ago) and it doesn't show anything under my avatar yet (at least for me), but maybe it takes a little while? Regardless of that it was definitely a worthwhile donation considering all the time, effort and money you put into this site :D
Sorry about that. It should be immediate. I fixed it. Thanks a bunch for kind words and donation. Much appreciated.
 

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Great forum.
Worth the donation.
 

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ASR’s work is worth the donation, if I wasn’t a poor student I would’ve increased the monthly Patreon donation amount :(
 

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Since ASR is a non-profit are donations tax-deductible? What’s the official name of the business entity?
Currently it is an LLC (Audio Science Review LLC, registered in Washington State). It is not setup as a non-profit with respect to IRS so unfortunately your donations are not tax deductible. Worse yet, I have to pay taxes on them.

Edit: I am highlighting this as there still seems to be some confusion about this.
 
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Sorry about that. It should be immediate. I fixed it. Thanks a bunch for kind words and donation. Much appreciated.
Hey Amir, same deal with me - I donated via the "Account Upgrades" page.

Thank you for all of the time and effort you've invested into ASR!
 

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Hey Amir, same deal with me - I donated via the "Account Upgrades" page.

Thank you for all of the time and effort you've invested into ASR!
Thank you so much. Looks like notifications from paypal are completely broken so I have to do the account upgrades myself. I did that for you already. For others, if you wait a day or two and I don't catch the upgrade, please contact me and I will fix it.
 

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Someone has complained to me that my mention of the site being "non-profit" implied a legal status and demanded to see legal organization of the company as such. This, despite the fact that I clearly stipulated the we are NOT non-profit as far as taxation and legal status of the entity up above.

So two things:
1. I took out the words "non-profit." from the original post.

2. You should assume any and all things can happen to money you donate including lavish vacations, expensive cars, exquisite sushi, etc. You should donate because you value what you see on the site, not for any "cause" that your money would be put toward. If you are uncomfortable with this stipulation, please don't donate. These kinds of arrangements are not for you.

And oh, thanks to all of you who have donated. It puts a big smile on my face every time I see a notification to that regard.
 

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Hi everybody. Fantastic job, Amir. A few weeks ago I made a donation vía PayPal, but I don't see it in my avatar yet. Thank you and go on.
 
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@amirm Is it possible for us mere mortals to customize the "Patron donor" text to something more, uhm, whashama call it, worthy? ;) Not like I am envious of your gunslinger or anything..
 

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@amirm Is it possible for us mere mortals to customize the "Patron donor" text to something more, uhm, whashama call it, worthy? ;) Not like I am envious of your gunslinger or anything..
If you mean to have people pick their own text, then no, the forum software doesn't make that possible. If you mean to change it for everyone, I am open to suggestions. Originally I only had patreon support and hence that tag. Today, more people donate directly to the forum so that title is not very accurate anyway.
 

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@amirm Is it possible for us mere mortals to customize the "Patron donor" text to something more, uhm, whashama call it, worthy? ;) Not like I am envious of your gunslinger or anything..
Umm, what do you call a bunch of generally less wealthy guys paying for a fairly well off guys retirement fantasy...

Amir's/ASR 'sugar daddies'
ASR 'facilitators'

I don't know , did Bernie Madoff have a name for his investors?
 

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I don't know , did Bernie Madoff have a name for his investors?
No and hence his downfall. That, and his lack of sense of humor which I have in abundance!!! :D
 

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No and hence his downfall. That, and his lack of sense of humor which I have in abundance!!! :D
Yes Bernie should of behaved more like a charismatic but somewhat clownish 'cult' leader but I'd argue he was laughing just as loudly as you.
 
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