Just saw the tweet that said Val is the Steve Jobs of the headphone world. If only she knew about Head-Fi.
Steve Jobs - Maniacal control freak who never let input from focus groups or his engineers (all-glass body is too fragile, metal band around phone will interfere with internal antenna) alter his view of form over function or vice versa. Steve controlled every aspect of design, down to the type of silicon used in his products. Whatever Steve wanted, Steve got.
Val Kolton - Not only open to suggestions from his engineers, but open to suggestions and feedback from the audio community and his fan base. Participates extensively on the Head-Fi forums keeping the community updated on nearly every detail of the production process while actively seeking advice on his upcoming products in the months (and weeks) leading up to the product's release.
The only commonality I find between you two are you are both extremely hardworking, visionary geniuses who, through your uncompromising ideals toward product design, create justified fanboyism based solely on the quality of the products you produce.
I guess that tweeter was half-right.