In the "King of Tubes" article, the EAR founder talks about his strive for excellence and his history of development. In the middle of the article, there was an interesting blurb:
I commented to Tim that, although hi-fi can be a bullshit business, you can't bullshit pro audio customers.
"No. It's a tool to them, it's not a frivolity. And they're not going to suffer fools gladly. Home hi-fi, well, you can go back even 50 years and there's a lot of product that was cheesy, and came and went.
Isn't this what Dup has been saying all along? That the hi-fi industry is inundated with snake oil products and salespeople. He liked using the 100k turntable and outrageously priced cables as examples of such practices. He always pointed out how there's none of that stupidity in the pro audio industry and that hi-fi should heed pro audio's example.
Seems as though the founder of EAR agreed with Dup and whereas Dup's manner and presentation got him banned, the core of his sentiment was very reasonable. I wish more people could get past his abrasive nature and see the value of his thoughts on the subject.