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Quality declined as of March 2009?

  • DDN84 Wednesday, March 25, 2009 1:44 AM Reply
    I just received 2 more R2 today which I ordered soon after the last "Back ordered". Out of the package, I could see that both of my R2 on stars have somewhat lower quality, by means of messy solder works (photo at link below). My previous 4 R2 on premium stars looked perfectly done.
    img src: http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/6011/dsc01504.th.jpg

    Although it wasn't obvious in the photo, the dome of one R2 is not as clear as the other. Considered the recent shortage of R2 (as of around March 2009), I was surprised that DX's supplier could provide more R2 so promptly (don't know if I should be happy about it). Both R2s look very bright but I can't tell if they are brighter than my Q5 because my Q5s have different tints.

    There were reviews saying they could observe their R2 brighter than Q5, which I find rather questionable with naked eyes (not saying anyone is lying here) because the R2 is only about 7% brighter than Q5. Moreover, even the brightest Q5 can have the same output as the dimmest R2.

    My points here are: the quality of this product isn't consistent and because we can not verify the LED actual flux bin, ones should lower their expectations to avoid disappointments (Q5 and R2 are at the same price after all).

    This thread is by no means to blame DX, their services have been flawless to me for the last year; but rather, I just want to share my experience (posting a review could take a long time to appear).

    Thx for reading
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    post edited by DDN84 on 3/25/2009 at 1:46 AM
  • FloconsDeMais Monday, September 14, 2009 4:30 AM Reply
    Try posting the full pic.

    img src: http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/6011/dsc01504.jpg

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  • DDN84 Monday, September 21, 2009 4:07 AM Reply
    Thx for that, FloconsDeMais. I was pretty sure the thumbnail worked but for some reason it doesn't
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