I backed out of this thread a while ago simply because I've given up on ever getting the Airs from KS and frankly could care less at this point. I did post on the MD drop under my business ID as I've only bought there as that and frankly got skewered by a couple zealot's. I'm not trying to derail MD or anyone buying the R1 just wanted people to know the history behind the person and what had transpired. So much for good intent next time I'll mind by own business and let the chips fall where they may. The one thing that really has crossed my mind several times, people in the know at MD are active or were here, why choose to do business with a company that you know had some interesting past lives, seems foolish on MD's part but money is what makes the world go round. FWIW I agree with OldDude04, a $550 price point is competing with some really good products especially when one factors the storied past into it.