I think one thing that is getting lost is that both sides are right here - visual stimuli affect what we hear, which is why audio engineers who are doing primary R&D on a product need to have setups and rooms where they can do blind testing where what is being tested is visually obscured. Otherwise, someone experiencing the product being developed will have their hearing perception affected by what they see when doing comparison tests, which would make R&D work hard to impossible. AFAIK, the degree to which people are affected by visual stimuli is variable from individual to individual, but largely consistent per individual (which is where the product dress and packaging R&D comes into play, where I assume large companies do lots of sighted testing of products to figure out the best look and feel for the final good that maximizes the listening experience for the most customers). I feel for both sides in this debate - those looking for objective information about a product that doesn't include the personal experiences that an individual has (which won't apply to everyone) and the need for those who enjoy their music and gear to have a place to share their experiences and have their time and effort spent doing it appreciated. I do my best to do my listening tests with my eyes closed to eliminate visual stimuli, and try to write for a more general audience (which maybe makes my writing less exciting/personal as a result). I hope it helps, but since I don't do any true blind testing, and I'm personally invested in every product I own, I know there are some intrinsic biases I can never completely compensate for, and there are some things about my hearing and experience which are going to be unique to me. I do think everyone here means well, and I hope we can come to a greater understanding about what we all experience and share through our communication.