Notice the last few issues of Stereophile?

I haven't listened to any of the new stuff in the pages of Stereophile as of lately but have noticed some bold or generous ratings they have given. That new Halcro amp being the best EVER? The new PS Audio amp getting class A? I have noticed more coverage of budget minded gear which is a good thing since they have taken some flak from time to time in the letters. Is this a new direction for Stereophile?
You guys believe reviewers? Back in high school my friends and I called Julian Risch "The whore.".
Errata: Is it Julian Hirsh, instead?
The magazine's ratings are worthless. Case in point:
If the Levinson ref series and the regular series are both class A, "the best there is regardless of price", why do they recommend the ref stuff? It's simply a matter of not wanting to put paying advertisers in class B.