I have over 7,000 posts on the AVSFourm. I was, at one time, either the #2 or the 3# poster at that forum.
I have not been there in years (4 years?) as the 'high end' area is an exercise in mediocrity, which was and is attempting to tell everyone what things and reality - are.
Absolutely. And for me, it's no coincidence that DBT extremists have the worst listening skills. Brainwashed by lovely sounding theories that convince them all the answers are easily available in black and white, they have already accepted the fact that most things sound the same, and they stop doing critical listening tests. So if someone with better hearing acuity comes along and talks about hearing something they couldn't possibly make out, well naturally they're all going to jump on that guy and claim he's deluding himself. It's like trying to argue about the existence of "colors" to a blind man.
"Reality" is different for everyone in this business. Up until this Sean Olive business, DBT's weren't supposed to be necessary for loudspeakers, because the DBTers insisted gross differences were proven. Ok, so for at least some DBTers, at some time, loudspeakers were proven to be different. And yet I have tested people who sometimes couldn't tell the difference between one loudspeaker and another. Does this mean loudspeakers are now proven to have no influence on sound? Of course not. It's like everything else in audio. What matters is what matters to you. There's nothing wrong with science, if that's what it really is, but the ears should have the last word.