Wow, that was a whole lot of effort put into a post for a deal that is no longer valid... Why? To put me in my place?
I don't consider 32% discount on a unproven product to be a great deal.
That's a matter of opinion. Also many of the products featured in the Hot Deals have inflated MSRP. $319 for a Dennon receiver with a MSRP of $999, but avg Street Price of $499. I would compare the $500 to $320 for value savings. Also, many (NOT ALL) products featured in this thread are older products, last year's models, close out deals, etc.
For the Geek products, the MSRP will be what they are selling at, and therefor the Street Price and a valid comparison. *I* felt it was a noteworthy deal on a new product.
Again, a difference of opinion, and not worth continuing discussion about.
As far as my comparison, I was trying to put things in an easy to understand way.
But it is false and misleading.
While the technical aspects of it may not be accurate, that is what I did. I compared the same song from my computer using Apple earbuds, and my UE earbuds. Then I used the Apple earbuds to listen to the same track from the computer, and then used the Median USB DAC. I heard what I heard, you can't tell me I'm wrong because you say so. The USB DAC made the sounds clearer, and I was able to pick out things that I could not directly from my computer audio. I apologize if I am not as technically inclined as you, and am unable to point out all the other factors that may have also accounted for the difference in audio, but to put it simply, the USB DAC made the sound better. I don't care why, and I don't need to understand all the technicalities behind it.
I gave the same explanation in another forum and a number of people quickly made sense of it. So the explanation is capable of being understood by many people who post at AVS.
Is the problem with the explanation, or is the problem with you?
I have absolutely no doubt that many people in the AVS community could understand it. *I* could not, and I would not argue that the problem is me. While there are many technically inclined people in the AVS community, there are many people such as myself that are less inclined, but equally enthusiastic. My personal forte is movies, not audio, but I appreciate great sounding audio, and I know that great audio can change an entire viewing experience.
It seems to have evolved that your exuberance for this product is driven by an opportunity for personal gain. If I offer you money, will you suddenly "understand" my explanation? ;-)
You do understand that the "personal gain" was an album right. Not hundreds of dollars, but a single HD recording. As Jerry pointed out, I stated in the thread that there was something for me to gain, but it was optional.
My explanation does depend on a certain amount of technical understanding of audio. Apparently you lack that level of understanding. How do I educate you to a knowlege level that will make the explanation understandable to you?
If you have some audio mechanics for Dummies link, I'm willing to give it a try. My brother is an electrical engineer, and he has tried to explain many things to me in the past that fly over my head, and I have never been able to grasp them. But, to be blunt, it's probably not worth the effort on me.
it appears that you may personally profit if people follow up on this deal. I claim that were the possibility for profit were removed, your enthusiasm might be far less.
Not true. I posted in the Amps section while the project was ongoing to try to get people interested in the product. There was *NO* incentive for me to do so. I have backed many KS projects, and shared them with communities I felt might be interested or benefit from them. This particular project was very well managed, and the engineers listened to the backers and made improvements to the product as the project progressed. I felt that the project, and the team deserved some help. That was it. No rewards for me, no money, no recording, no nothing! Sometimes I just run across something, or someone that I believe in and want to share, and that was the case here. It was only AFTER the project ended that they added the album incentive.
This deal is over, so most of the points here are moot.
I will admit that I do not understand all of the technical workings of a DAC, and I do not care to right now. When my budget can handle much more expensive toys, then I will do my research before I purchase (as I recommend anyone do).