Well, one thing's for sure. He certainly paints all us headphone and audio enthusiasts with a broad brush. Interestingly, the people who responded to him were least like the description he continually uses to trash us all.
It's sad to admit, but depending on where you look there's a certain element of truth to what he says. There are certainly audiophiles out there who don't believe anything relatively inexpensive can ever sound good, and that unless you have a $$$$$ amp and a $$$$ cable, you're not in Summit-Fi territory, shall we say.
But, at least here on Head-Fi, these types seem to be in the minority. And, far from shattering somebody's world and challenging their apparent all-encompassing world view, here on HF there's true excitement whenever somebody finds a new low-budget contender. Just look at any 200+ page impressions thread to see the proof.
What our Z-man doesn't seem to understand is that we're not doubting the possibility of there being a very nice headphone under $100 that delivers performance way beyond expectations and price. We're not even doubting (though it is very unlikely) the idea that such a headphone might actually compare favorably with $$$$ models. Our doubts are aimed squarely at the source of these revelations, based on his history of fickleness and misleading, his crass attitude, and his incessant determination to engage the community with childish (some would say troll-worthy) vitriol.
I make these statements because I want to make it clear, at least in my case, that my participation here isn't fueled by some animosity toward the Z-man. On the contrary, I find him endlessly amusing, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Rather, I hope that those who stumble across this thread gain a perspective on just how not to be a good member of the community (e.g. don't make outrageous, purposely incendiary statements, don't continuously thread-jack, and don't give unreliable advice and recommendations to newcomers to the hobby), as well as an understanding that the "snobiophile" (as Achmedisdead astutely calls them) stereotype is not applicable to all, or even a significant portion of this community.