Do you believe in Science or Myths?
If you can hear the difference between analog/hardware vs digital then you to pick the better one - but only if it fits your workflow/budget.
I'd used plugins even if some hardware sounds better. Why? workflow and cost. And that's no lie. Some software beats out hardware too.
Mp3's, Plugins are here, embrace the trend. Convenience is a powerful factor - simple, quick and cheap. Quality is important too, but people buy what they can afford and what's convenient.
Both camps are right. Yea. user disgretion on a Case by Case basis.
A Lie could become your reality if you repeat it enough times.
Mixing Engineer www.acoosticzoo.com