who has the best recommended product reviews


Who do you trust for published reviews and recommendations in the U.S.? Some reviews and recommendations are for products that are hard to even find in the U.S., others recommend products that can be found, but I am skeptical of their perspective. Anybody out there halfway trustworthy and accurate on their reviews and recommendations?
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it's tough to find among all 'right' anything 'wrong', but it cannot be true.
I like Dick Olsher.
Who do prefer guy? Absolute Sound, DAR, Stereophile, A/V review, Home Theater mags, etc.
Anthony Cordesman has always seemed honest and straightforward to me. I also like Kal Rubinson for his surround sound equipment reviews...

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NO American source is reliable .
Try audio.de
I'll second Kal who contributes here regularly. He's focused on multi-channel equipment and I find his Stereophile column informative and usually consistent with my own impressions. Reviews of straight up 2 channel gear rarely resonate with me these days, although John Atkinson is usually worth reading.
how do I find reviews by these individual men? I've only read magazine reviews, and I don't know individual authors.
Arthur Salvatore
Labguy wrote: "how do I find reviews by these individual men? I've only read magazine reviews, and I don't know individual authors."

Go to the magazine's website and use the search function for an author's name.
Jeff Dorgay from Tone Audio :-)

(...ok,ok...thought, it is time for a joke)
I haven't read a truly 'candid' review in twenty years. I trust my own ears and have some faith in companies who have been doing it right for a long time. Mainstream magazines are the worst in that ad revenues are at risk with each review. The most extreme example that I can think of is the automatic A+ rating that Stereophile magazine gives Sony for each new flagship digital front end device introduced to the market. I have demo/owned some of these A+ rated components and have compared them to products from Audio Research, EAD (Ultradisc 2000),etc. No way should Sony get an 'autopass'. Then again, if Stereophile really did blast Sony, what fallout would ensue for the magazine and it's relationship to an industry giant??
Brauner, please note that Class A+ was created exclusively
for devices that can play SACD, DVD-A and/or hi-rez files
and selection is based performance with such hi-rez media,
not CD.
I trust myself.
Neil Gader and Jonathan Valin of the Absolute sound. Neil is especially helpfull when reviewing affordable products. See, for instance, his reviews of 13 power cords.
Jonathan is usually associated with high end products but if finds a really good bargain he will let you know. Two good examples of this are the Odyssey Khartago power-amp and the Magnapan 1.7 loudspeaker.
My vote goes to Anthony Cordesman, who has long been my "go to" reviewer. His "day job" is a senior defense analyst, which I think has contributed to his evaluative and reviewing skills. Kudos, Mr. C-
Our own Terry London (Teajay) calls them how he sees them. Very dedicated audiophile and reviewer.
I enjoy John Atkinson. Good bit of the techie measurement stuff over my head, but he gives reasons for his judgments, and is not afraid to disagree with other reviewers and be (somewhat) critical.

I'm not in the "audio mags suck" camp; they are entertainment, and one datapoint among many. With that understudy, I think they are both fun and helpful, when I'm in the mood.

John
John, I find Atkinson's measurements very interesting and valuable, as I did with those in Audio Magazine. I compare his test bench results with the subjective reviewer's opinion of the unit being reviewed, to learn what kind of distortion that reviewer likes ;-).
I have become so disenchanted with the mainstream audio press I've stopped all subscriptions a while ago. Almost everything gets a glowing review. Also, think about the hundreds of audio manufacturers there are out there-from source to speaker. Now, think of the same old brands that are featured in the magazines over and over and over again. It's repulsive and an insult to us all. There are so many brands out there that you will NEVER HEAR OF because the mags cover THE SAME NAMES repeatedly. It's a joke. The audio press is doing such a disservice to the community and I won't have any part of it. I'm done.
Devilboy, I wholeheartedly agree.
U bet.