Audio equipment reviews express an opinion. You may not agree. I suggest that the best possible reason that people dispute reviews and reviewers is that they have learned enough about what they like and don’t like that THEY have an opinion. If a review helps them form an opinion, even if that opinion is the opposite of the reviewer’s, then the review has been successful.
Here are some possibly applicable words of wisdom from Dave Barry, which at times applies to most of us in this hobby:
1. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
2. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
Finally, let me suggest that anyone who buys a component based on one review deserves whatever result s/he gets. My guess is that most of you are too sophisticated to buy anything without carefully considering several opinions and then buying with the understanding that synergy is not guaranteed. After all is said and done – YMMV !!!