I've had an idea for about a year. The idea would be of interest to those who want to try a DAC in their system, without putting up alot of money, and then deciding wether it would be an upgrade you'd be interested in.
Stay with me on this...
Let me tell you what I'm looking at, and how I can accomplish this...I think.
First, I need a list of people who would be committed to the project. My plan is to buy a Benchmark DAC1, with the cost split between all participants. As an example, if we got 50 people involved, it would be approx $20 a person to get in.
Stay with me...
I would then purchase the DAC1 and it would be shipped to each contributor for a period (TBD) of listening time, and they would ship it on to the next person. A list would be posted here of the order of march---that's "when it's your turn" for you non-combatants. You simply ship the DAC to the person following you on the list. After this is all accomplished, the DAC will be returned to me by the last tester and we then would raffle off the DAC1--meaning your investment not only gives you an opportunity to check a DAC out, but you may win the thing as well. The raffle would ONLY include the contributors, at no cost.
I would NOT be included in the raffle, I would simply be the "escrow" guy in the scenario.
There are some intrinsic risks of course. If a member decides to display some poor karma and simply keep the thing, we're all out some bucks. If someone tells me "I'm in" then they stiff me, well, I'm out some bucks--so the list will be scrutinized...extensively. If you are uncomfortable with the risk involved, do not participate.
OK. Right now I just want a feeler of how many people would be interested in this. This will determine how much we'll each need to contribute to make it happen. We'll do this step-by-step, and all agreements must be 100% accepted by all contributors across the board or you can deal me out. It's going to take alot of cooperation and a little bit of effort, but I think it can be done.
DO NOT....I REPEAT..DO NOT SEND ME ANY MONEY. We've got tons of logistics to figure out and agree upon long before we get to that point.
Please keep all communication in this thread, no PM's, no emails. This will lessen the confusion, and keep everything a matter of public record.
The logistics (in order):
1. Interest check
2. If all agree on a buy-in amount (qty of people/$975), I'll do a poll for color preference (black or silver) majority rules on the color selected
3. Purchase the unit (in the background you scrubs better be sending me good checks)
4. I'll compile a random list for shipping order and post it here
5. I'll send the puppy out to the first recipient
6. Upon completion of the list, the raffle will be done upon receipt of the unit by me. I'll ship it out to the winner of the raffle.