Yeah, anyone can have streaky luck with any manufacturer. I have had other gear that maybe didn't live up to what it was supposed to do. I understand that development is sometimes an ongoing process. My beef with Akai was that they knew about the problem, didn't tell the people who bought it, offered a fix but only if you chanced upon the info or had trouble, limited the time of the offering of the fix in spite of knowing that eventually every unit would fail, "fixed" the problem by swapping a cheaper unit for a more expensive one (2Gig HD for a JAZ + 1 cartridge) - the expensive one being paid for in the original purchase price, and then being completely rude when I talked to the support folks. Add to my dismay that I had already purchased additional JAZ disks because, silly me, I nedded more than one gig of space and thought I would have the JAZ drive that I bought for more than just the 1st 9 months I owned the unit. It was incredible, they passed me around and around, one guy even lied flat out and told me I wasn't having the problem I was having. I understand if Iomega goofed on thier end. It is my understanding they couldn't deliver on the HD access speed they promised. Fine. Fix the problem and take care of your customers. Akai didn't do that IMHO. And they, in effect, ridiculed me for being dumb enough to buy thier product in the first place. Sorry for the rant... Very bad taste in my mouth from Akai... As far as the ORB goes, I don't need it now. The 2 GIG drive works fine. I back it up to alternative media, erase it and move on to the next project. My whole deal with Akai is how I was treated. I still can't believe they can treat paying customers like that and expect to stay in business. Do they really expect to be able to pass off non-working merchanidise top the public and hope the majority that buy don't actually try to use it? I believe I have seen several things on the net about the buggy nature of the new S series samplers as well. What happened to this company? They used to have such a great reputation. Ooops, ranting again... must stop.