I believe you may have yourself in such a tizzy that you are doubling back on what you are saying. Well, which is it? Stop being in such a hurry to present the appearance your 'sage' status and it won't look so bad for you.
All I offered Ender (and obviously this sent him running to you) is next time I am in Indianapolis is to tote along an amp and SBT for him. Let his ears be the judge instead of being a parrot.
I have owned a Pass designed Adcom in the past. There are guys that are nuts about Amp designers, there are guys that are nuts about speaker/transducer designers. I'll throw in with a great speaker designer.
Check out the Peavy IPR 1600 thread where some people have had a chance to A/B to Bryston and Pass Labs (but I'm sure while your opinion holds water, theirs wouldn't).