satanfriendly wrote:I remember in the bad old days if something was garbage they'd say so.
Observe. Most of the mags that did so went belly-up.
I used to write for a local magazine in the early nineties. I vividly remember two specific cases where manufacturers ordered a series of ads, then submitted gear for group reviews (it was an integrated from a 4-letter UK manufacturer and a speaker from a 4-letter US mfr.), and subsequently cancelled their ads when their products did not come out on top, berating the editor that, apparently, he hadn't understood the game yet.
On the other hand, I also remember the standard procedure for group tests: With 6 listeners, 5 of them off-axis, a multiple-choice score sheet, and snippets of 30 seconds per track per item
This not to imply that all mags/eds/mfrs/reviewers are corrupt.