Yes of course...they are putting all these upgrades out for the love and engineering and the love of the customer. Not because they know audiophiles will pay for anything that tells it will improve sound and they just want to make the most money out of it. This is clearly marketing lead and not engineering led. It is nice to try a clever marketing move but when you get caught, do not try to take people for idiots even more...
I would clearly have prefered to have only 2 or 3 models, and the top one including everything.
I have to agree and disagree.
Oh course it's marketing led and I get that in a fund raising campaign, you don't reveal all your cards at the beginning. You need some bonus/added features to entice people along throughout but you can't say this isn't engineering led as well.
Marketing almost always ends up hamstringing, cutting short, and removing features of a final product, due to cost restraints and profit/revenue projections. But LH has given their engineering team free reign to design something with top end specs and seriously engineered but small pcb's.
The end retail products will obviously have fewer choices and will be contained to 2 or 3 models, most likely based on what is most successful from the campaign. So again, It goes without saying a fund raising campaign is certainly marketing driven, but this one also has a strong engineering voice and the lead engineer is actively engaged in conversation with all potential customers on their forums and the stretch goal casing design was a customer submitted design. Many of the other features were customer suggestions and/or changed and tweaked after much discussion.
At the end of the day, in campaign models like this, there are going to be happy customers, frustrated customers and some confused on the sidelines. I've been all 3 at some point in this campaign- nature of the beast I suppose.
Edited by shotgunshane - 6/22/14 at 6:42am