• Bad (compromised) information is in some ways more harmful than no
information. Real anechoic chamber or outdoor measurements are expensive
and Stereophile et al choose to side-step that expense without, in my
opinion, proper contextualization / education for their readers.
I agree that JA often fails to include a few simple statements that can help the reader interpret the graphs, including how the measurements might be misleading of actual performance. IMO, the quality of that publication has slipped over the years.
It is impolite for manufacturers to raise such issues in print, thereby becoming complicit in the misleading measurements.
I recall at least two examples where Stereophile printed measurements provided by the manufacturer (Vandersteen and Avalon) but, yeah, risky for manufacturers to push back.