The current editor of Stereophile magazine shamelessly tells us that founder J. Gordon Holt. Gordon had been technical editor of High Fidelity magazine in the 1950s, and was tired of being asked to pander to the demands of advertisers. J.G.H. was quoted as saying that he watched, first with incredulity and then with growing disgust, how the purchase of a year's advertising contract could virtually insure a manufacturer against publication of an unfavorable report... And if a company didn't buy advertising, they didn't get reviewed at all. The Stereophile, as it was then called, was JGH's answer to audiophiles' need for an honest, reliable source of information. Stereophile's current ed shamelessly proclaims that JGH founded Stereophile based on the premise that; if no one else will publish a magazine that calls the shots as it sees them, then he'd do it himself - as he later wrote.]
Contrast that with the Stereophile of today. Is it, and others like it (T.A.S., for instance) the current standard-bearer(s) for the likes of High-Fidelity magazine's principles & practices?