Well I guess I'll derail this thread further.
Is there a reason that a product should be filled to the brim with parts? And if so, could it be explained why more parts, stuff in the signal path could be a good thing?
That's not to say there aren't really great designs with tons of complexity that sound awesome. But remember the same applies to products with fewer parts. Sometimes simplicity wins out, sometimes not.
Discrimination based on part count, part type, tube/transistor, topology, or look are simply stupid. The only thing that matters at the end of the day is worth, does a product produce sound equal to, or exceeding it's monetary price?
I would bet you could find tons of customers that are hap with the sound of their "empty" product.
I've owned an ALO Amphora that had a board the size of a match box, and it was the best amp sonically I've yet heard. Nothings even come close.
Just say'n is all