Purchasing audio gear is obviously a huge deal. It requires a lot of research because you will most likely be stuck with the thing for a long time. But finding reliable resources can be as difficult as actually buying the thing itself.
Because stack sites don't generally seem suitable for consumer-related advice, I was wondering if some savvy individuals might have good tips on "reliable" consumer resources. You know, like some real neat forum with very authentic audio engineering types who cut through the nonsense and tell you the good stuff that's the good value. Such types are of course friendly and accessible and discuss the finer (although not too fine) points of what makes a thing good technically, and what is most likely an over-marketed mediocre product (beats headphones being the now classic example).
What think you?
Edit: I'm not talking about stereos. I'm talking about stuff you make stuff with. There's a reason I posted this question in sound design.