is there an audiophile war going on

this is an interesting thread from the Steve Hoffman site

a music site hosted by a great record engineer
people are big music fans, not quite as critical on the equipment end, but much more so than most

the SH forums are a great read for musical information. But, when it comes to equipment/gear discussions, most are poorly informed. It makes me wonder, precisely, what kind of systems the participants are using (if any at all?).
Check it out, it is heavily censored btw.
In some of the other forums, there are indeed people that proudly proclaim that all amps sound the same, all cables sound the same, all DACs and anything else have the same sound since they measure flat across the audio frequency range. Everything else is snake oil, they say, as they proudly run $3k-4k speakers off a receiver.

The problem is, they evangelize. Anyone caught saying that the amp they bought sounds way better than their old receiver gets attacked and mocked.