Stereophile understands that people hear differently and desire different things.
That's a very generous interpretation.
"That's a very generous interpretation."
With the exception of some reviewing Stereophile sells ads. All magazines do. The discernment is up to the readers, but since the internet truth finding is easier. Stereophile only has so many rooms, setups, ears and review deadlines to judge with. Those who experience are the real tellers of audio and we don't find many of them posting because of trolling, but their experiences are what give us insight beyond our own.
I would say it takes about 6 months (again being generous) to see who the experienced guys are here, or on any forum. Once you spot those guys It's easier to get real (factual) opinions from. Even those I may differ with, reading their experiences is valuable.
Three things to try at home before passing judgement on what affects perception of sound and what doesn’t.
1. Remove all telephone books from the house or apartment and listen again.
2. Remove all cell phones from the house and listen again.
3. Remove all old newspapers and magazines from the house and listen again.
4. Take as many CDs and or LPs as you can carry outside and listen again.
You be the judge. You are the decider.