Originally Posted by slwiser
I know of another single builder that anounces products and has taken over 12 months to deliver it. So 1-2 months is not that much of an issue when you consider their pressures when the hype of these forums gets going. The problems that have been noted are almost surely associated with the demand and his ability to support that demand and the continuing support required for follow-on sales.
I would say, based upon my own personal experience now that I am inside manufacturing, is that Ken is outsourcing the construction of the DAC to that Chinese company. Ken has thoughts of design and either designed the DAC completely on his own or with the assistance of the engineering staff of this Chinese electronics manufacturer. He then contracted out to the manufacturer to construct the designs to his specifications and to order. But, as is very common with outsourcing, this manufacturer is also doing their own thing (for instance, Shandling making their own line and also making Music Hall products as well, to specs). Ken might have even contracted for the Chinese manufacturer to do direct drop-shipping of the goods once he sends in the order.
So, either 2 things have occured (A) the Chinese subcontractor is at full production for their own line and Ken's line is taking a back seat due to a lower negotiated profit margin or (B) Ken has been slow in paying the Chinese subcontractor and the contractor has ceased production and shipments until the account is up to date.
At least, that's what it looks like from here. I do not believe Ken would have the (huge amounts of) capital to start manufacturing completely from scratch and the subcontractor route is the most common to follow. It can work but it leaves the customers at the whims of both the designer / seller and the subcontractor at the same time.