And it would still be a preference. I think his response seems to be clear enough to understand that he either did compare or didn't need to for his satisfaction. I think there's great validity in opinions derived from living with something as a compare as long as they're not too far apart. The Altmann is a bit too functionally limited for my personal needs or I'd give it a try as well.
I'm not arguing with you and think your process is a fine one. However, his doing so is not the same as you doing so, so I think that opinion valid enough either way. Let us know what you think when you try.
I did not question the validity of his opinion, rather I asked him a question about the process he used to come to his conclusion. There was nothing else implied, though from your first post in this thread I can see that you clearly view some comments in a biased way.