I think what you say is a bit irrelevant in the context. My post was not anti hardware per say but rather anti competition of hardware. Still, I very much support competition concept among audio people, the key is: “The competition in what?” Contest breads results it is good but what is being contested by audio people?
Audio people contest not even their equipment but their own subscription to the reputation of the equipment. It is difficult to make audio people to compete on results – they mostly do not know what they are looking and die to other specific reasons. Therefore the only viable subject of competition in audio might be the competition of objectives. The depth of objectives is the major think that I care when I try to evaluate what a person is trying to do in audio.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche