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No I don't think you will ever see any Schiit equipment here on Massdrop.
One part of me likes their "we don't give a Schiit" approach, but another part of me definitely doesn't. There's something sort of unprofessional about the whole enterprise. I guess that's why the prices are so low.
I agree that there will probably never be Schiit products on Massdrop. I don't really find it unprofessional. I also don't see how you could say that they don't give a "Schiit." Their entire way of doing business is to be able to keep the prices low on quality products.
You might enjoy skimming some of this: http://www.head-fi.org/t/701900/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up
There's a story about the power switches. As you know, they are tiny toggle switches placed in the back of their units. One interested customer (not me) asked about that - saying that fumbling around in the dark to find a tiny switch they can't see every time they turn the unit on was a ridiculous hassle. In fact, this customer basically told Schitt that kept them from buying their gear. Now I know there are engineering reasons for putting the switches in the back, but good grief plenty of designers have "overcome" that problem. Their response was basically "no, we're not going to move the switch for you - get a cable with a switch on it or something else but we're not moving it". It may seem like a small thing, but I was left with the impression they are building equipment that probably sounds great, but are building it for themselves and not their customers, ie, if you (customer) don't like it, we couldn't care less if you buy one. I guess a lot of people these days will accept that kind of attitude as just part of how things are done these days, but for me, I'd rather pay a professional engineer for a properly finished piece of audio gear, rather than for something that was thrown together in a garage somewhere.
Not listening to a customer on a specific issue is not the same as building devices in a garage (though how do you think nearly every electronics company got started?). I also like power switches on the front, but ultimately, it's not a big deal on a piece of gear meant to be used up close on a desktop. My Woo Audio WA7 has its power switch on the back, and it doesn't bother me.
I don't own any Schiit gear, but I just don't get your sensitivity to their "attitude." Do you think if a single customer goes to a large company that certainly doesn't have the garage feel, that the company would change their entire product range for that one person, or even a small handful of people?
Lastly, the vast majority of companies in Hi-Fi, and even many of the companies in pro audio are very small. I work for Audio Engineering Associates (more commonly known as AEA Ribbon Mics), and we make all of our stuff by hand with our staff of less than 15 people, yet tons of well-known musicians and producers use our product. We do the best we can to please our customers, but if someone asked us to change something that would affect our entire product range, there wouldn't really be much we could do there.
Appreciate your insight. But to rephrase my point in the form of a question.. if no one wants the unit built like that, then why is it built like that? Not as a design engineer or a business owner, but rather as a paying customer, I can't think of any legitimate excuse.
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