how much influence has Audiogon had

on the print magazines, especially Stereophile and Absolute Sound?
Well, Stereophile uses Audigon for their "Marketplace" used equipment link, and at least one of their prominent reviewers posts on this site frequently.

I'd say Audiogon is making it's mark.
Mebbe the influence is going the other way. ;-)

Yup, magazines generally have the inside track on new stuff.
I think Kal is right. I carefully watch how this forum changes depending on what is reviewed in the mags. There are very interesting psychological dynamics going on in these forums if you analyse the details.