Originally Posted by Ricci
I just wanted to reiterate that the reason Greg's UXL got damaged is because I screwed up
). It really has nothing to do with the driver or the dustcap. The dustcap is not the problem. If it was I would simply fix that myself. All of this conjecture on which drivers would survive this abuse is pointless...The signal that caused the damage is unlike anything in normal content or seen in any car stereo competition and is basically what you would devise if you purposely wanted to damage systems. Drivers are not made to take that sort of punishment nor should they be expected to. Perhaps a handful on the planet would have survived...Perhaps, but what that has to do with anything at all I am not sure.
Again I apologize Greg...
Ricci, I don't think anybody is upset that you made a single mistake. It happens, and I don't hear any excuses from you. That's really appreciated.
(continuing derailment to follow)
I agree with most of what you said, Ricci, but I also agree with the rest of the sentiments here that the seemingly typical situation of paying up front for what should be a solid driver, then waiting through a stream of excuses about ever-later delivery estimates, bad packaging frequently resulting in damaged drivers (and recurring, unfixed, on subsequent product lines and iterations), aesthetic or manufacturing anomalies independent of shipping issues, lack of response to communication in multiple forms, and a myriad of other excuses, some ridiculous and some big red flags, is an enormous problem. When it becomes three months, six months, or a year later, it's beyond the pale. And it's not like just this vendor or that do this. It seems like the majority
of ID high-end driver and complete sub vendors have this problem. Sure, some people can afford to take chances with these companies, but the point is they shouldn't have to.
All of this tells me that this is a terribly small, niche industry, one in which it's almost impossible to make consistent profits unless you have a large amount of operating capital and diversify your product line to other niches, such as car audio, and this is very, very rare. Those who do tend to do well. Those that don't tend to make excuses. At some point it becomes the boy who cried wolf - why would you believe they can deliver on ANY promises when they never really do?
Perhaps everyone already knows this, but to the nubes who are just entering the arena, I wish there was some way to tell them that, unless they go with a very specific and small group of companies, often paying a premium (though not nearly always), they're going to experience the above. There are many ways to skin this cat, and as quite a few on here prove, inexpensive drivers all the way to the most uber drivers can be tailored to each user's needs with careful design and equalization.
Unfortunately, many people end up making purchasing decisions based on price/performance/delivery promises that simply aren't true, and they mostly suffer silently. Making such a choice, then having to wait for entire quarters and more, or having significant problems when delivery finally is made, causes frustration and resulting teeth-gnashing that could entirely be avoided, yet is far too common around here. They could have gotten parts that work for their application and beyond, within a reasonable timeframe, and for reasonably similar money. We need a driver manufacturer with significant technical expertise who is also flush with cash.