Marcus wrote:It's not the first time I've seen something like this, either. Someone else might have links to one of the previous funtime Head-Fi overpriced overhauls.
I've seen quite a few of these types of messes on headfi. Modder tries to start up their own business using all their modding knowledge and ends up getting overwhelmed by production and can not achieve economies of scale or there are quality problems.
Reading that thread and a few others, how they think a rats nest design (wired point to point) is better than modern pcb designs. I only did electronics for a few years ages back and know of all the problems with that kind of design once it gets even remotely complicated. Man I seriously thought where I did electronics was low budget back in the 90s with gear from the 80s, we had old laptops running auto-cad/easy-cad, about 30 soldering irons stations, though we fought for the ones with the newer tips (tips were expensive and only got replaced when they really needed to be). I took the equipment that we had then for granted really, all the voltmeters and testing station connected to the Pentium 1 computer. Our motto was fumes from lead solder is perfectly safe as long as you don't breathe. We also designed, exposed and etched our own boards. We all pretty much agreed that the setup was ultra low budget and shitty, till you see what some of these businesses that popup on headfi are using, can't see why there'd be problems.
Why I gave up electronics >.> I had a special power of somehow breaking components/boards, even using all the right equipment. I even did an amp design once, but no one could work out was wrong with it, the design looked good, the board etched properly, soldering was good, components seemed to be working..... I exposed the board upside down so the track was the wrong way around
and everyone was like ::face-palm::. It can be hard to pick up. lol.