Like many I have spent years checking to see what CR has to say about a potential purchase. Of course they are most famous for their car reviews. A lackluster review from them means real sales damage to products.
Over time they have unfortunately become less forthcoming as to exactly their criteria are, often not commenting on it at all, which is infuriating. Remember, in cars for instance, a coupe iss always one point less than a sedan as CR reviews in regards to total suitability as a family car. So two doors is always inferior to four doors. It is legitimate for someone to just want the sportier version.
I don't have the hardcopy of their TV issue in front of me right now, so read very carefully for any & all words that reveal their choice of criteria is. It amounts to a bias that may not coincide with yours.
So like any source, I regard their word at arms length.
MY QUESTION IS WHY DOES CONSUMER REPORTS RATE THIS PANASONIC THE BEST PLASMA TV THEY HAVE EVER REVIEWED AND CNET RATES IT MUCH LOWER THAN THE PIONEER 5080. CONSUMER REPORTS HAS THE PIONEER MUCH LOWER THAN THE PIONEER 5080. WHO IS RIGHT? I WAS ALL READY TO BUY THE PIONEER 5080 UNTIL I SUBSCRIBED TO CONSUMER REPORTS ONLINE AND READ THIER REVIEWS ON PLASMA TV'S. I ALSO DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE PANY 58" GETS A WORSE REVIEW THAN THE 50" WHEN THEY HAVE THE SAME MODEL NUMBER AND OWNERS MANUAL. I THINK THAT THE ENGINES ARE THE SAME. PLEASE HELP!!