I'm sure we have been in the same room dozens of times but I've only spoken with Art briefly a couple of times. My impression was of a very intelligent, approachable and basically good guy. As to what he wrote I truly respect the way he didn’t let his irritation influence his appreciation of the system. Most reviewers who are irritated tend to completely dis the room... he didn't and that is exemplary.
For what it’s worth, I played that SRV because I had just picked up the 45 version and had heard it on our system at RMAF where it gave me a new appreciation of the tune, so I actually put that on for myself…. Usually I try to play more interesting music, stuff that I like such as Vieux Farka Toure, or St Paul and the Broken Bones. Great music but often people just want to hear the music they know, it is a dance and sometimes it just doesn’t work.
I’ll take his comments as a nudge to keep pushing new or underplayed music.
As to his comments on the DiD demo, I hope someday he takes another listen