I'm working with Bestcovery and want to start out by saying thanks for all the feedback, positive or negative. I know that whenever you call a product "the best" it is going to stir up some controversy, especially in a category like home audio where there are a lot of different opinions. A lot of the feedback has been really helpful -- for example, we definitely need to state the price range.
Just to clear a few things up, manufacturers have absolutely zero influence on any of our picks. That would defeat the entire purpose of the site and ensure that we lose all credibility. As for unique content, anytime you see "Why it's best:" or "Why it's a best pick:", it is followed by our own unique text. If you see "Description:" or "Manufacturer's Description", it means that we do not have a unique write-up for that product and are using the manufacturer's description. This is stated in the FAQ, but possibly should be made more clear. You can see on http://bestcovery.com/node/18348?whybest=1&best=8285
that "Why it's best" is listed first and followed by "Manufacturer's Description". We strive to have unique write-ups for all the picks on a list, but sometimes only have them for the first 1 or 2. We're working to ramp this up, and all recently added lists have unique write-ups all around.
The "Why it's best" write-ups are not meant to be taken as a hands-on review, but rather a brief summary of why that product or service was selected as best for that particular list. The site is targeted more towards the average consumer that does not want to spend hours researching products, reading 2-5 page reviews, or searching message boards for recommendations. Additionally, while some people may be willing to spend the time researching an HDTV or AV receiver purchase, they may not want to spend the time when shopping for an electric toothbrush or looking for the best anti-virus program.
Lastly, I know that home audio is a very difficult category and we could use some help making improvements. If anyone is interesting in helping us out, just shoot me a PM.