At one of my jobs I encountered "The enthusiast network" of magazines of which Stereophile was until recently a part of. The degree of sketch was so disheartening. This was with one of their car magazines basically extorting my client (in my opinion....).I'm in the same boat, and thats really too bad because I did enjoy several of their writers over the years, but they are all gone now and what remains is only of a slight passing interest.
I always thought the trade press were essentially paid influencers, their customers were much more so the advertisers, and less the reader, but as long as you knew that and took the reviews with a grain of salt, there was still plenty that could be learned/gleaned as a subscriber.
At some point I stopped feeling that way when my favorite writers were gone, and simultaneously the shrinking readership seemed to force the publisher into a more desperate attempt at being that paid influencer, it's worse than it ever was in my opinion. So I no longer subscribe and haven't in a good many years, though I'll occasionally pick up an issue on the newsstand.
MQA is a perfect example of that, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, both TAS and Stereophile continue to double, triple, and quadruple down on the idea and stance that MQA is the best thing since sliced bread, and I find that disingenuous to say the least, they've lost all credibility with me.