Originally Posted by estreeter
You have a point, Steve, but wouldnt you expect them to put a bit more time and effort into the casework ? The Nighthawk's sticker price is almost 2.5 times that of the Butte.
I think comparing the sticker price of the Butte versus the Nighthawk is apples and oranges.
Here are the two side by side and drawn to scale:
The Butte is a tiny little thing, built around what appears to be a single piece aluminum extrusion. The Nighthawk is much larger and uses a fully fabricated sheet metal chassis. As far as I can tell, the Butte uses an AC wall wart for its power supply while the Nighthawk has its own torroid based power supply built in and includes discrete regulation. The Butte uses a pair of power opamps. The Nighthawk uses opamps for voltage gain, but they drive discrete class A diamond buffer output stages.
So I'm at something of a loss to understand why the Nighthawk's being priced at nearly 2.5 times the Butte should come as any sort of surprise to anyone or serve as any kind of criticism of the Nighthawk.