I think you have it right. It sounds like whoever you were speaking to was misinformed. Most people have no idea what high end/audiophile gear is. Very few are ever exposed to it.
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There are a number of brands of capacitors that are
manufactured with audio in mind, specifically. The
differences in presentation, when used in audio circuitry, are
NOT subtle! The, "exploding caps" plague was
attributed to the Chinese/Taiwanese trying to cut corners(ie:
stolen formulas), in
their manufacturing processes.
These are the very large, coke can size, electrolytic caps make by companies like Mallory and Sprague. They are often used by builders who believe they sound better than smaller electrolytic caps. They do a very nice job of filtering with the right inductors.
They require more chassis space and may not fit in many applications.