The OP is on the right track. His post needs to be expanded beyond the mental confusion and fatigue that many may suffer from before purchase. It's one thing to read half a dozen reviews edited by the presumably trust-worthy professionals. It is another to wade through a swamp of personal preferences and biases where everybody claims that his opinion is as good as the next guy's.
What could be added to the OP's post is a word about the impact reading AVS posts may have on the financial health of the reader. The never-ending stream of the negative information the OP mentioned often leads to a buyer's remorse and a need to correct the "mistake". And that isn't cheap. Add to this the anticipation of better things to come and we got ourselves one very expensive hobby plus personal frustrution and an unhappy spouse.
To make matters even worse, AVS is addictive. Many who have already purchased their dream sets - so no buyer's remorse or need to upgrade - are still here for reasons that are more complex than just a need to know in order to make the right decision as the decision has already been made. As any addiction, it takes time that could be spent on other things like taking a walk. In that sense, spending time here is unhealthy form medical point of view.
Now I am going take that walk.