I feel bad for the people that sell their v3, mini me, for this box. if you ask me the SD is over priced/overrated and yet has problems.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but imo, the box sounds fantastic, and as stated earlier, I have had no problems that weren't user created. Tim and Carrington ran a V2 in front of the 722 at panic on saturday and the tape sounded great, though I am not convinced how much of it was attributable to the V2 vs. it being the first time we ran it outside as compared to having run it indoors before...I am guessing there may be a difference, and it may be audible, but I am doubting it will be enough to convince me to carry a 6Volt again, an extra box, and more cables to fail (and if it is the minime, deal with the crap ergonomics).
As for the problems that are having, yes it is absolutely frustrating...and I agree with Joe, to not walk away with a tape because a ~$2400 device fails sucks....That being said, I have had cases where I have not walked away with a tape, when the D100 misloaded, when the cables had shorts, when the SBM1 got too hot, when the MP2/V3/Deck/SBM1 Batts died, etc....bottom line, in those cases, I had alot more places for an error to occur. With my current setup MG200s->cables->722, I have less spots for failure, no more external batts to carry, resulting in a smaller setup and lighter bag, and a great sounding 24 bit solution.
I have no doubt they will fix these problems....honestly sound devices and grace are the only 2 vendors in this arena who imo are at the tops of customer service...sound devices has always gone to the next level to address issues for me in the past, and appears to be doing it now as well..but as I said earlier..everyone is entitled to their opinion....