As a service audio engineer working and measuring during years on digital audio hardware and previously on analog hardware, analog tape recorders settings and analog mixing desks controls and repairs, discussing with quite many people in this field from end users to senior engineers at some well known manufacturers and recording studios, reading quite a lot of forum discussions, sometimes more or less strange, i think that i have a good understanding of digital audio from the lowest levels (my thesis was talking about quality of the digital audio to analog conversion process), processing, and how things are differently perceived by audio technicians, audio engineers and musicians or people with less technical background.
I remember a few discussions with some high fidelity enthusiasts, where it was absolutely not possible to discard them from some of their non sense mythological beliefs.
This is quite funny to see that those people with “diamond ears”, sometimes, do not even ear that one of their speaker driver is dead , or that there is a very big acoustical standing waves problem in their listening room.
Interestingly, those “audio religious” peoples are less presents inside recording studio or broadcast facilities, probably because here there is a higher technological background available, and because here money need to be spent for a good reason.
My conclusion is that :
It is not necessary to trig some hard conflicts with peoples that do not talk the same language, believe in mythological things, or do not have enough technical background to exchange at this level. After all audio is for music too, and music is mostly creativity and less technics.
It seems that those people for a reason or another needs to believe in their myths. Something that is a myth for us scientists is sometimes not a myth for them, and for sure that does help them to be happy with their work or even with their existence.
It is not fair to destroy their beliefs, because after all they need it. The same apply for religions.
I did stop a long time ago to fight against them, i’m finally happy for them if they do find some answers through something that could be named “happy myths” by us scientists and technicians.
But i do not hesitate to explain them why i think they are wrong in their beliefs, if they are interested in listening to me.
In the other hand, they are generally fair enough to not destruct the serious work that has been done by scientists about the technology they are using.
If they spread some strange or really corrupt information, specially trying to influence or destroy the market for a specific product, then it is another story.