Originally Posted by genka
The validity of CR ratings is another story. I stopped reading them 20 years ago. At that time I worked in a TV repair shop. Back then you could buy several brands of TVs with only cosmetic differences. GE was making GE, RCA and ProScan, Phillips was also sold as Magnavox, Philco, Crosley and so on. The CR ratings for them were all over the place. Their surveys are as unscientific as they get.
I agree. CR ratings are only slightly better than useless - a minor clue at best. Telephone polls are not terribly scientific and lab tests of a few units does not constitute statistical validity. As Berto said above, only warranty claims give you any real data. Also, there are people and companies who are paid to influence polls and internet forum posts. You can sometimes tell who the paid shills are as they will try to hammer/wear down those who disagree.