Originally Posted by hugz
when i posted this thread it was actually looking hopeful that units would start shipping soon. thats why i put the disclaimer up the top. i wanted to make it very clear to everyone that ken has ripped a LOT of peopel up so that no one goes sending him money without the risks. at the same time, i wanted to have a dedicated thread for reviews that i was hoping would get populated with reviews in the coming days and weeks when people started receiving their dacs. the other thread could be full of complains about scamming. unfortunately, only a few people have received their dacs so that didn't happen.
in part i slowed down the process of peopel gettin their dacs in time because i found some issues with it, such as the transformers
That, I completely understand. It's unfortunate that you unknowingly jumped the gun, which is certainly not your fault, but Ken's. I may be in a similar quandry soon. Supposedly, the long-awaited Diablos (up to 25 months of waiting) have started shipping. Although I'm not first in line, let's say, by simple virtue of living in the US with shorter shipping times, I receive mine before others. Do I, in my excitement, post impressions? Do I assume that since I got mine, others are getting their amps? What if it's not true, and others are left in the lurch? Will I even know? Or, what if I and others don't receive ours, and are left with nothing but a $500 hole in our wallets while reading the favorable impressions of the very few who may have gotten one?
I think I've learned a lot from this and the other Storm thread. If I happen to get my amp, I will post that I received it, but will refrain saying anything else until I know others have received theirs, and more will be available without the drama of waiting and poor communication. The Diablo may be the best little amp in the world, but I wouldn't want my personal enthusiasm to translate as a recommendation to buy from someone who can't deliver, and may continue to screw people over. My intentions to post impressions might be coming from a good place, but the consequence of doing so could be damaging to others, and I need to be aware of that no matter how it affects me personally.
One thing is for sure: neither you nor I nor any member of this community is at fault. Ken is. His continued inability to produce a promised product, despite intentions and promises, is the problem, not us, unless we choose to align ourselves with Ken before he makes good. If people think that by posting positive impressions or words of Ken's goodwill (without supporting evidence), they can help get his buisness back up and running so he can make good, it's showing up as dangerous and backwards thinking. He has not proven worthy of such confidence. It's also a selfish way to go by putting the community at risk again. I don't think that was your intention, but your posts often read as such, which is why others of us step in.
Strangely, I think we're all on the same side, but since we didn't create the problem, and are not in control of the solution, we just need to be wise, and look at how our words affect not just ourselves but the broader community. As to how they affect Ken and his business, I could care less. He, again, is
the problem and needs to work things out without support from us until he's earned it.