Reply 220 of 423, by darry
Marmes wrote on 2020-09-19, 11:58:matze79 wrote on 2020-09-16, 11:15:
It looks nice, congratulation on finishing it.
i would not go to buy one because of the pricing, as cards with opl3 could be found easily still 😀
But for anyone else maybe its good choice, specially if you limited on isa slot, don`t have acpi and want intelligent mode mpu too!
Matze79 and other users, the purpose of this card is not to compete with actual cards with OPL3, for example, I don't really give much importance to genuine Yamaha OPL3, but I know it's important to many people. So this card was made with the intention to fulfill most of the demands (not all) of what we (me and keropi) wanted in one card. Not one card to rule them all, but a card that can do almost all 😉 So, we decided to make something with quality components, with the attention to design, ground and power separation and some features like spdif , selectable 2 opl3 engines, CrystalFM and Yamaha OPL3 and Intelligent midi. Of course this in terms of electronic parts and board cannot be cheap. So this board cannot be compared to a cheap opl3 card that was made 20 to 25 years ago.
This board, supports a standard that's no longer used by masses and is being made in 2020 in low quantities. So I think, the price is fair for both who buys and us. We also have partnered with Serdaco on combining our card with X2, because it offers many features and quality at a nice price. If you get both and do the math you see that prices are not bad at all. Hope you understand my point of view.
I, for one, completely understand the price, and I personally decided to limit myself to the non PCMIDI version . A card that was designed with quality as a prime design consideration and made in small quantities will have a component, construction and labor cost to it . Audio quality being high on my list of priorities, this card is something that I can appreciate .
I actually have the opposite concern and hope that you at have a reasonable profit margin on these, not that this is anyone's business. People tend to forget that components and assembly are only part of the equation. The development and testing time did not come out of thin air and I am practically convinced that, with such small production runs to amortize this R&D, if the costs related to these were fully factored in, the card would be practically unbuyable .
In other words, I feel we are getting a bargain, considering all the work put in .
Thanks again for making this a reality .