Thanks for all the feedback guys, truly appreciated!
So if each (i1Dpro & C6) meter will basically last the same amount of time due to basically the same internals what is a reasonable expectation (2 years, 3 years, 4+)? If they are both only going to last 2-3 years of actually being precise it becomes harder to justify the C6 investment (especially considering they will probably yield near identical results). Is my logic skewed here or does it make sense?
I realize this is a catch 22 question in that nobody will want to say simply 'Yes, the C6 is more accurate' for fear of displacing trust in the Dpro but I for one would like to know if it is indeed more accurate (real world, not just on paper) will anything other than a Minolta be able to measure the difference?
Where is the biggest advantage of the C6 likely to be seen, if it's read speed I can say that I am not bothered with that one as I am sure the Dpro is fast enough for an enthusiast that's not locked into a specific time table for calibration (as an ISF tech would be).
Oh and nobody mentioned the X-rite software (with the retail package) being of any use so I would guess it's nothing to bother with?
I know some of you are probably getting irritated about now but I am trying to justify the C6 not only to myself but my wife as well, and as many of you know a 'double the cost' of the next best item can be a tough sell.
Thanks again, your time is truly appreciated!