Originally Posted by lujan
Unfortunetely, I have to rely on members of these forums for information prior to validating anything on many occasions. The only way to validate is to actually buy the TV and test it out yourself. I'm currently searching for information prior to my taking delivery. I'm sure there are lots of people on these forums searching for answers prior to making a purchase and they don't know who to believe and who not to believe and can't do any validation until the take delivery of the particular product.
The art of using AVS well is helped by reading enough to figure out which contributors provide the most reliable information. Unfortunately there is no short cut and it depends on each seeker's judgment.
I have no experience buying a display on short notice for the very reason you point out. Anyone in a time bind just has to go with the advise that they think is best.
I started reading about the P-Series in the expectation thread, and switched here on day one. In those two plus months and 15K posts I've recognized a list of posters who give well founded information.
My AVS Hero poster lives mostly in the OPPO Blu-ray threads. He consistently provides detailed suggestions that are well written and completely thought out. Even if he uses saved boiler plate, he adapts the text to the person asking the question. He is also in contact with OPPO. The OPPO threads also have several other Beta testers who also are very helpful. The Denon AVR threads have "local" AVS based experts that provide great information. Many times these people are the one's that started the threads.
I'm sorry that there isn't an official identified authority available for this or other significant threads at AVS, but it is possible to come up with useful advisors if your time constraints aren't too short. If I were king of the AVS domain, maybe I could have the most reliable contributors labeled. For members who have been here since the last software change, when the "like" feature was added, there is a kind of indicator of something positive.