1. I've had a (non-arcam) 16 chl processor for 15 months, then returned it … scared it would take years to implement all the features … scared I would be stuck with old technology by then. Small development team was root cause of slow bug fix turnaround times.After lurking the thread for the past couple months, a couple questions for any of the owners of the SDP-55 that would like to chime in
-Given the current issues still with the firmware, is it still worth it to purchase the SDP-55 vs another 16 channel processor at the same price point?
-Anyone come from an Emotiva RMC-1 to the SDP and regret it or vice versa?
-What was your previous processor and what was it that you were looking to get from the SDP-55?
-If you were a potential buyer, would you wait until all the bugs in the FW are figured out or does it work sufficiently enough to purchase now or run away and purchase a different brand entirely?
2. Most 16 chl audio processors are in beta and have slow bug fix turnaround times … which seems to be the norm across multiple 16 chl manufacturers (not just arcam). Don't know if this translates into them having small development teams, but my experience says this might be the case … don't know.
3. New 16chl Audio processors sound really, really, really good. Very intoxicating.
4. If you don't want to be a beta tester, then be happy with the features that currently work and don't expect anything else. Otherwise, you'll be very unhappy over the long haul. If so, see 8. below.
5. If you want to be a beta tester, demand a beta price for the unit. The more promised features that don't work, the lower the price. That's just my opinion.
6. Listen to owners for what works and "work arounds" for bugs. Some paid professional reviewers have an agenda. Some owners that know a lot about the product have agendas, too. Just beware this is reality.
7. Owners sometimes come across as annoying … sometimes really annoying … which is not a bad thing if you understand why. This is common across multiple manufacture threads. These people are good people … but, aren't made to be beta testers. I've seen really nice, happy and technology competent people turn into really annoying people. These people have all the data to support their bug issues, but get no bug fixes over long periods of time. Sometimes these once happy and astute people actually get banned from threads. Yiiikes!
8. If you've been disappointed with your purchase and can't return the product, sing this song from "Ford vs. Ferrari" every day: "I'm H-A-P-P-Y, I'm H-A-P-P-Y. I know I am, I'm sure I am, I'm H-A-P-P-Y." Repeat this until you feel better. Works for me … not that I've been banned or anything. lol.