This entire saga has been a trip.\n\nKudos to any who have entered the Emo-Den and ASR for any of this. ;)\nI've been keeping pace over at AVS on the HTP-1 site. (Sorta ground-zero, in a way... or just to tease our friend @Swerd, the epicenter! :p)\n\nIf I were to decide to buy today, I would have no concern buying the HTP-1. I think it is still a slightly flawed but highly acceptable option. For those bold enough to jump into the early adopter fold with it, only the quirkiest of power users seem to be truly displeased. That said, many of the power users posting on AVS seem to be content with it and are stoked at the direct involvement of both Monoprice and Dirac in the forum thread. Likewise, most are grateful for the prompt and so far frequent updates being issued to address the bugs that are coming up.\nIts been noted there that the unit seems destined for an upgrade considering the layout and build. Whether accurate or not, likely or un-, a couple of the cats seem to have spotted potential for a more upscale build that might allow for expansion slots a la the rmc-1.\nEnd of the day... who knows? (I'm not holding my breath.)\nBut for anybody looking for Dirac and the potential to run 7.3.6 (once Dirac BM is ready (in-hand and being tested at Monoprice\/ATI for implementation)) then this is easily the best option. Certainly there are other ways around to get there, but to what end? The MDSP DDRC88A-BM? 'Need two of those to implement Dirac on a full 16-channel system, along with a 13.2 channel AVP or AVR...so take a $4000 piece of equipment and add another $2K, and then learn how to integrate everything through the MDSP unit... Sounds like a full time job. ;)\n\nIs it right, in the sense of Business Ethics, to use the first production run for sale as an extended Beta Test?\n(This is something that has come up in several different places now, in some form of the question, and I think it is worth a deeper look! Perhaps there is a future article from team AH to look at this as is seems to be a part of the life cycke of gear these days. @gene @Wayde Robson ???)\nI don't think this is unique to our hobby. Look at the Smart Phone market for plenty of examples of imperfect product being released into the wild. Sometimes it gets fixed. And this is the risk of being an early adopter. As an educated consumer, I know fully that I am taking a risk if I jump on that train. To not know this in our time is truly naive.\n\nAs I'm not an engineer, it is difficult for me to lend much to the conversation about the measurements. I will say that I think it should make sense to any company in the audio field to consider that any bad press can be a killer. Should Amir have decapitated the Pink Panther for the HTP-1? No. Should ATI\/Monoprice have looked ahead more closely at what any test bench might have uncovered about the product and been ready for it? Yes. Is there a lot of middle ground at play? Absolutely.\nJust as I would hope more speaker manufacturers would submit their gear to a lab for more rigorous testing in line with the NRC, I think it is reasonable for the other manufacturers to spend a little more time making certain that the promises measure up with reality. If it is tailoring the gear to perform well on the AH and ASR test bench, that seems like a win to any of us that are in the hobby. It doesn't seem like any engineering team worth their salt couldn't (or wouldn't) perform these tests while still building the prototype.