I have been a subscriber to PCA for some years now, and a member of this Forum for about a year.
I read the product reviews, and have bought on their recommendations.....pleased to say that the results were highly satisfactory.
You state "Some really impressive kit in terms of performance is later panned by some users for reliabilty". This is a blanket comment, there will always be situations when a particlar product is not reliable.....sod's law. There will always be a % of products that have faults. You cannot blame a PCA review for this!!!