One of the things i gripe to my wife about all the time is that the internet is the best thing and the worst thing at the same time. Too much information can be a bad thing after a certain point in the hands of the wrong people.
This lends itself to many hobbies. I used to frequent some of the guitar tube amp forums and many of the same problems plagued them as well. Given access to so many opinions and such a multitude of information, people are bound to have many different opinions on many subjects with various levels of merit attached to them. Some opinions are heavily steeped in confirmation bias and some are groomed through experience.
I find the former frustrating and latter enlightening.
Well, in playing an instrument, technique is paramount if you want to excel. Equipment is only a medium to getting the sounds you want. As a drummer, having a really good set of drums and cymbals helps me to achieve the sounds I want. Practice a sh!t ton got me to the point of using those sounds to my benefit. A good musician can make a sh!tty set up sound good, but only to a point.
So, I'm not sure how this relates to the current topic, but you're using music analogy so I thought I'd add to it. Maybe aeration with a stone and pure o2 vs a mix stir is like having a 2 bass drum setup vs a double pedal setup. One is simpler, more compact and less expensive. The other is more powerful, more to haul, more to keep in tune (unless triggers are being used). Two separate pedals are more efficient than a double pedal with an axle shaft for the slave pedal. But the double pedal is good enough for almost all applications, especially with modern technology.
Got a bit off topic there... maybe it's just all what you're willing to put up with. Plenty of drummers use 2 bass drums, plenty use 1 with a double pedal and are just as fast... I'm an extreme metal drummer, that's why I'm using speed as an indicator of the equipment quality. It's pretty tough to play fast on really crappy pedals.