|Originally posted by Tuberoller
Consumer reports has only actually been sued twice,once by Audi and once by Mazda/Ford over the SUV rollover thing.Both cases were dismissed.
Tube, Bose sued Consumer Reports in the 70s -- the case made it to the Supreme Court -- for a review of a set of Bose 901 speakers that was slightly negative.
Bose Corp. v. Consumers Union of United States, Inc., 466 U.S. 485 (1984) (holding that in Consumer Reports' criticism of Bose products in its product evaluation, Bose is a public figure and therefore must prove by clear and convincing evidence that Consumer Reports published its comments with actual knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard of the truth in order to bring a libel action).
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|If you read it in Consumer Reports you may not agree with it but at least it ain't tainted.
Correct. My problem with Consumer Reports, however, is that their expertise and testing methods simply aren't appropriate for audio products. Their methods are perfect for things like toasters, washing machines, hair dryers, etc. But for audio products, they just don't have the expertise, and perform flawed "testing."
For example, they have panels of "consumers," as well as "experts" that they hire to test products. Yet when they test sound quality, they don't hire people trained in audio or people who have trained ears. They bring in a bunch of Joes off the street -- people whose idea of great sound is a Sony boombox -- and ask them what sounds better. So they get people who think that the fake, uninvolving sound of the Bose Wave Radio sounds better than the far more natural sound of the Tivoli, or the far more accurate sound of the Cambridge.