The kind of barking that I find on this thread and others are masturbatory because the rant is equally mindless, compulsive. And the fact that a lot of this rant is monotonous and repetitive also makes it masturbatory in nature.
ncdrawl, you should note that I'm not advocating some blind worshipping of Stereophile. If you go to the Nov '08 thread, I myself questioned the way WP handled the Ayre review, and in the past, when I saw fit, I raised some issues.
What I do have an issue with is that a lot of the posts are either repetitive or ill-considered and reductive. I'll use your post that I'm responding to as an example. Immediately you choose the cheesiest, most cartoonishly reductive model in your head to paint some picture, some "kiss asses running around saying oooohhh stereophile is so great and i love it yada yada," before saying, with a laughable condescension, "the world doesn't work that way."
Well, thank you Confucius. I'm just saying that there is always room for contrarian views - there SHOULD be, always - but when they're so poorly expressed, with all vitriol and venom and no insight or thought, it's just very very ugly, and I feel unfortunate to witness such foaming at the mouth. Embarrassing, really.