Hey I am not an audio snob by any means. My greater point is this. How is it you can go out and purchase a lesser unit like the inexpensive sony or what have you and you dont have pops clicks and audible hum in the system. how is it they are able to slap a cheap unit together for mass market and make it sound good enough that people aren't returning them in droves. They sell a ton of inexpensive units and if that is what your budget can afford great I dont have a single issue about entry level versus upper end stuff. Why as a consumer do we forgive the manufacture for selling us a product that doesn't work out of the box. Are all of the specs they lay out in the literature lies? I don't think they play the consumer straight at all. Everyone knows they play fast and loose with their power outputs on the amp. People love to tout huge numbers that their amp can produce so manufactures give us these big numbers. Are those numbers really accurate on an inexpensive unit I highly doubt they are. So now ARCAM has said in there literature that the AVR30 has Dirac live, but from what I read in this entire board was that the unit shipped and that wasn't and still isn't an actuality ? Never mind all of the other issues going on I am like that is crazy.Hmm.. So let me summarize your post.
You are choosing not to go with mass market brands that have a stable product and great price, But trade off with sound quality and brand cachet
You are choosing not to go with premium boutique brands with great sound quality and product development but you pay premium prices for that “no compromise” solution
I’m fact, you are choosing to go with value oriented semi boutique brands that have good solid quality at reasonable prices, but do not have the resources and economies of scale - so it takes longer to finish complex products.
Arcam are not “saying” the product is ready, and they are visibly and actively working on getting it ready. So it’s really your choice. You can choose to wait it out for a good product at reasonable cost, or vote with your wallet and make one of the other trade offs with another brand.
I don’t see you going into the Sony thread railing about the sound quality to matching Macintosh, and similarly, asking Macintosh to sell their products at Arcam prices.. so why is this different?
No if Arcam has washed their hands off this and said you are stuck with what you bought, the rant makes sense. But that’s not the case. What are you really asking for?
My choices at Magnolia are not that diverse so I am limited on where I go with this in a couple of days. I would love it I mean love it if the ARCAM worked seriously .I am coming at this product with open and eager eyes after my recent disaster with the Rotel RAP1580. If I had what about 15 grand I would go into say the Macintosh but I live with limitations on how much I can spend on this stuff. I do know that if I go home with the ARCAM I will be hedging that with the insurance they sell. Had I done that with the Rotel I would of been done with that unit a couple years ago now.
One last point I wanna rant on about is when you have to box up a unit and send it off multiple times ask yourself is this ok... It truly sucks!!