it would be nice of the hifi companies who are developing IP connected devices had some semblence of a clue. The level of naivety, shoddy coding and generally nasty functionality and operational issues found in many products simply takes my breath away.
Yes, you are 100% right in what you are doing. Its time the hifi industry woke up and stopped acting like “one man in a shed”.
In their (audio manufacturers) defense, the landscape (and required skills) has very quickly changed from ‘not changed in 50 years’ analog to ‘changes every 6 months’ digital + software - but thats no excuse. They need to get with the times here.
Well, many of them are not doing the coding themselves, it is outsourced. The skills they need to get to understand include:
running a beta program
handling setup and bug issues
understanding UI (and support for disability capabilities)
now the problem with outsourcing is that many companies appear to be just assuming this comes along with the ride. The subcontractor will end up wanting to do as little as possible. The customer is the one who suffers.
The real issue is that these companies are simply not prepared to reach out and learn. The arrogance on display by some is quite breathtaking