If they are not comparing gear/ differenting products , the yes, they are worthless to the audio fans. Just stroking their egos and getting free toysYou sure put on your cranky pants today!
Delusional? Idiots? Worthless? Egotistical?
I totally disagree that audio journalists are "worthless."
I totally disagree that reading between the lines "is a joke." People with open-mindedness and a bit of patience have no trouble following someone like Michael Fremer over a period of time, and understanding Michael's personal sonic preferences and why he prefers the particular components he chooses. With a little bit of experience and effort one can easily read between the lines in Michael's reviews, for example.