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Well, this was an entertaining thread to read. People seem to be getting REALLY confused and/or REALLY salty over simple names.
I think it is obvious that the merge is happening because the Pro Audio community (while it has some amazing deals) doesn't have as many drops active at any given moment as most communities, and thus isn't as active of a community. Merging the two to have a more active music based community is definitely a smart move.
In the case of Massdrop, "Pro Audio" is generally referring to anything made for creating/recording/live music. If you could buy an item on Sweetwater.com/GuitarCenter.com, it would probably drop under the old "Pro Audio" section on Massdrop. If you actually visit a Guitar Center though, the Pro Audio section will be where most of the live audio gear is stashed. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Pro-Audio.gc
In the same vein, the "Audiophile" community on Massdrop isn't a community based just around uber high end audio replication gear. A lot of the stuff is great sounding, but budget equipment, which is GREAT. That is the stuff that generally really sells well. Obviously everyone has a drastically different budget for additions to their listening setup, and there is absolutely no reason to just want high end gear, or be so pretentious that you think anything less will not be worthy of the community. Having a solid mix of gear is just what we need, and I think MD has done a great job of providing gear for all budgets.
So it is absurd, and silly that some people are "concerned with the quality" of the "Pro Audio" stuff, like it will somehow taint the community. The two are absolutely different sides of audio, but will cater to many of the same people.
If the name bugs people, changing it just to "audio" or something could work, but I wouldn't get too upset over the names.