I've always taken reviews with a pinch of salt, but was particularly nonplussed by WHF's recent, updated review of KEF's Q-300 speakers. The original 2011 review awarded five stars, gave them 'product of the year' and stated that they were the best speakers under £700. This year's updated review has down-graded them to four stars, criticised its 'thin' treble sound and noted that they have been over-taken by other newer speakers in the price range....infuriatingly, without saying which ones!!! Curious.
I'm not aware of any new speakers that have revolutionised the sub-£500 market in the past two years, so can only conclude that hi-fi reviews are even flimsier, less objective and more circumstantial than I had previously imagined. Surely such an about-turn in such a short space of time demeans the whole process of hi-fi reviewing?