Then use the ignore function. I'm not going to stop posting because you don't like my tone. In any case, you're blowing the smarm thing out of proprotion. Reviewing the thread, I made all of three "smarmy" posts: That last one wasn't even directed at anyone in the thread, but a self-deprecating implication that I don't get sex. Any other smarm is entirely your interpretation and not my problem. So yeah, I think part of this is you taking this personally, or at least too seriously. Sure. I'm just taking the recommendation one step further. No different than Marv's comment, really; for many, spending $10,000 on audio is the same thing as never. Basically, yes. I'm well aware that commenting without experience is frowned on around here. I also think it's important to highlight the potential risibility of various comments in light of the simple aim of the original post. I already debunked this assertion. "Hurt", "screw over", use whatever language you want. Personal actions affect other people. What a notion. Purchasing trends affect the market, which affects what is available, which affects everyone, for better or worse. Sounds good. You're practically making my argument for me. And you're right, my point was indeed not limited to power cables; they're an example of a larger problem with the attitude and culture surrounding high-end audio. Speaking of which: This is not an argument. It's an expression of your personal opinion - again, one that is frequently repeated by audiophiles engaging in defensive post-purchase rationalization. No, you're not doing that here; but it's the same tune. Again, yes. My complaint is about mere existence of the market. People should demand better, for their own benefit if nothing else. To say nothing of me being "personally concerned" with how other people spend their money. Audiophiles like to decry the loudness wars. Around here, people like to complain about Head-Fi. All these things exist because there is a market for them. And while you personally may not be comfortable with complaining about them, do not be surprised when your admonitions to "move along" go ignored. I don't. NwAvGuy might have followed a misguided method, but he wasn't totally wrong about the bigger picture. The common theme here is that you think people should not care what others spend their money on and "move on". That isn't how I operate. If you truly don't want to engage with me, then either do as I suggested above and use the ignore function, or move on yourself.