@Mike Lavigne wrote then deleted this:
I sold off my entire system in two weeks and replaced it with a new one. That is surely choosing a winner and a loser. But it is my winner and my loser, no one else's. I did not denigrate other gear or other people's choices.
The Sublime Sound thread went there many times too. Every time I experimented and learned, I chose a winner and a loser. The pneumatic isolation platforms lost. The audiophile cables, cords, fancy in wall wires and fancy connectors lost. The acoustic panels and distribution box lost. The toed-in speaker orientation lost. Lessons in basic set up and standard industrial power delivery won. These were my lessons without comment about others, their systems, or their choices.
I disagree with your characterization of my Sublime Sound system thread. There were plenty of winners and losers. I got push back from people privately. They questioned and they disagreed, but I moved forward based on what I was learning and choosing as better. There was not much contention on the WBF thread, that is true. I agree with you that it is different on the Natural Sound thread. The rejection of my old preference became complete in favor of a new preference. The naming of the target and the approach to achieve it became more explicit. The reaction became more pronounced. But again, there was no denigration of other people, their gear, their choices, their preferences.
This is not unlike what you are doing with the WADAX DAC. You chose a winner and a loser based on your preferences. You did not denigrate others for their choices, you simply made yours, and you talked about it. People react. Part of the DAC story is the price. Part of my system story is the rarity and difficulty of hearing or getting the stuff. This is just the way it is.
I am not indignant about the reactions. I am frustrated by what I perceive as a mischaracterization of how I shared my enthusiasm for the choices I made. Changing gear and rejecting an approach for a new one is a personal decision. It is a reflection of what I have learned and where I want to go. This is rooted in the confidence of knowing what I want. I am sure you can relate to that. What I do not understand is why others have made it so personal. It is not about them, it is about the choices I made for myself. Indignation it is not. I am not annoyed as much as confused. The treatment is not unfair, it is curious. And I am with Tim in trying to understand the motivation behind the reaction.
I think the religious zeal with which you adopted your new found approach, the ditching of all the hi-end hi-fi accessories and the naming of the new approach as "Natural Sound" may have rubbed a few people up the wrong way. The fact that your new approach was natural might infer that the audiophile/tweak approach was un-natural and that many here are on the wrong path. It might have been difficult for some people to just say "that's nice Peter, I am pleased for you, enjoy it.