Well, I read through both threads as a casual observer, and this is what stood out the most for me: http://www.head-fi.org/t/741043/some-hot-science-from-synergistic-research/345#post_11054063 It is a vaguely worded but a very real legal threat made against Steve Eddy for posting the results of a chemical spectrography on HOT. "Steve Eddy your analysis regarding the compound is false. The compound as found in HOT is man-made and not naturally occurring. Since you have chosen to conduct a campaign to libel my company on a public forum I will give you only one chance to publish a full retraction. Ted Denney Lead Designer, Synergistic Research Inc." Of course, Ted Denney is no fool and is fully aware that any such lawsuit would be ruthlessly laughed out of a courtroom, that the truth is an absolute defense to libel. Personally, based on what I have read so far, I think that Ted Denney is a very cynical and shrewd salesman. Again, speaking only for myself, I also think that the HOT nonsense deserves as wide a ridicule and coverage as the $500 audiophile wooden knob. http://www.poormojo.org/pmjadaily/archives/009864.php I would not be surprised, however, if this and other products of Ted Denney's do become subjects for scrutiny on the likes of Reddit, Snopes, and audiophile forums in the future. It is good to keep an open mind, but at some point, common sense must kick in and prevail.