Originally Posted by warhead
No, it's not typical. I don't appreciate the implication that I'm misleading people either. People need to know what they are buying, I don't know why you're researching this with phone calls and follow ups and finger pointing, but it feels odd to me.
Because I wrote a review on the product and had earlier recommended it in this thread to the OP. It was not my experience with the pre-release unit that there was debilitating attenuation or, as others have claimed, utter destruction of signal (obviously hyperbole). Even today I experienced the dB loss you wrote about, but it wasn't discernably colouring the signal. Once level matched, it was fine.
I was relaying Radial's response: the 6dB loss is a result of the passive chain (variable i/o impedance mismatch?) They don't claim it was by design, but incidental to the design. That's what I mean when I wrote that it was misleading to say they designed it that way. Implies intentionality. Since there is really only a pot and a trim in the path, they pretty much couldn't do any less design. Design was essentially picking the model of potentiometer then going for lunch.
Maybe the unit I tested had a different pot than what was ultimately in the production run, but A/Bing that unit definitely did not present the issues you experienced.
I'm not finger pointing or discounting your experience. I'm trying to clarify conflicting information about and experiences with a monitor controller in a thread about monitor controllers.