I don't like using and/or reading big words in place of more easy to read words lol.
You cannot challenge me to prove something as someone who sells this stuff for a living and not have it come dangerously close to crossing the line when it comes to how MOT members on Head-Fi are allowed to function. I can't sound like I'm "selling" you my particular product at all so I have to use other people's product as a baseline (but to be fair only if it's not slamming them) so regardless of if I'm telling the truth, I'm really limited by how much truth I can put down and obviously, there are two sides, someone is gonna disagree and I don't have all that much time to argue on Head-Fi when there are plenty of more productive threads.
I can't just wave my .."arm" around and say "oh well look how successful I am, how could cables be a sham if I have repeat clientele" because that totally does not prove anything at all so I'm not gonna do that. I respect that a lot of times, my customers
When it comes down to the science of it, the ones who are most fit to hash it out, cannot do it because it breaks policy, and the people trying to get it out of us all the time sometimes believe they have won the argument because we cannot straight up lay down how we feel a certain material performs.
Now if we got Currawong and some other bros in here to finally say what they thought and we could provide supporting arguments and start something productive, that'd be great but I'm afraid I just cannot give you guys the answers you're looking for without sounding like I'm trying to sell you something and even if I really could, I wouldn't do it just because.. well I don't want to sound like I'm trying to sell you something regardless of rules.
That being said, I am a patron of DHC, Q Audio, and Moon and have been for some time because they all bring something unique to the table sonically, aesthetically, and I just plain like most of my colleagues in the field.