That’s an interesting g perspective. Perhaps it is the scarcity, and of knowledge of working on these things that is balancing the relative simplicity of the circuit. Certainly with the modern incarnations your getting diligence and care component choices. Yeah I’m in no way saying the LA610 is somehow compromised as a unit, I like them very much and have been interested in them since they came out. They sound very nice. My reason was for pointing this out wasn’t to call it a fake, rather to show just how different something could be, and how marketing wording can be misleading. Like the “based on the design of” or “uses the same t4 opto cell”, or naming it “LA”. I think it’s up to the buyer to beware, but really it’s lame to be selling gear of some other gears reputation. I mean are all dynamic mics “inspired by the sm57?” Lol. I wish companies would be more transparent with this stuff. There’s plenty of people who won’t care about the subtle differences, plenty who can’t afford the “original”, and some who’ll just wait and save for the other unit. Yeah I think pluggins touting the sound of hardware is a joke. I find there’s good pluggins everywhere and even the Lofi and cheesy sounding stuff has a creative place. I wish companies like warm would let go of the nastalgia and just market their products as their own, and forget the piggy backing. From What I’ve heard about warm stuff, it’s very good and can stand on its own. I think there’s a great misunderstanding about just what it is that makes certain gear what it is. Not claiming i know a whole lot, but certainly find it interesting.