Wow. That's a brilliant summation of the arguments. Now ... if you'd taken that attitude when you first started flooding RR with your expensive purchases. But you DIDN'T. You take the moral high ground.
Perhaps THAT was semantics, and I misread them.
But another ineteresting point raises it's head here, and that's about the people using the gear. Can THEY hear/spot the difference.
@ColdRoomStudio mentioned the subltey of the effect he hears when using Slate's VCC which, as I understand it, gives (for him) credence to the high quality of analogue summing.
That suggests that ultimately, and given the cash, someone who CAN hear the differences might splash for analogue summing ... certainly more expensive that ITB stuff and therefore (???) falling into high quality gear?
But if Joe Doe can't HEAR that difference in the Slate emulation, why would he go and splash cash. And might he not see it as a waste of money?
So my point is: MANY MANY MANY people wiull not be able to tell the difference between high end gear than low end gear and to them, the former would be a complete waste of money and time.
I find it inretesting that foplks like algea and Pensado spend MINUTES on their videos saying things like: "You have to listen really carefully to hear the differeence"./
PS. JK: This is NOT a poke at you.