Thanks for taking the time to post in such details.
Glad you didn't mean disrespect but the word "audiofoolery" about him, bothered me - because I consider him a good friend.
No offense taken Kbarnes701.. Please don't worry about it.
Clearly, you know a lot more than I do and I have no way of agreeing or disagreeing with you on the subject of amplifiers.. except with the following:
Originally, when I bought the Bryston 7bst amps, another friend - who is a professional audio installer, challenged me that the $400 crown amp is as good as my Bryston..
So, he set up a blind test, with a switch in my hand - using high current relays - same everything except switching between the amps.
Very easily, I could identify the Brystons.
BTW, on a side note.. I participated in another blind test.. at a local audio store..
He didn't give me the switch.. He kept the remote.
He switched electronically - between left and right, to blind test cables.
Wow.. the expensive cable sounded far superior..
I almost bought them.. but typically, I am not fooled easily. The difference was too much for me to believe it.
I thought about it.. realized he was changing the volume UP, just a little for the expensive cable
Not all blind tests are equal..