Sorry Rich, I have to disagree with you on that one. A mousetrap is still a mousetrap, there are better mousetraps...but they are still mousetraps. Its like the difference between wants and needs. You need it to play and record, etc....you want it to do it as fast as possible.
I 100% agree that certain models are faster than others and they would be more desirable to have, but they are still functionally equivalent. I guess I dont see how anyone can disagree with pure and simple facts. Are we using different dictionaries for the term "functionally equivalent"?
Let's go back to the Chevette and the Corvette. If I offered you each at no cost which one would you take? The Corvette, I'd imagine. Why, because it's a better built car (I'm assuming the Chevette is new) and is faster, handles better, and costs a lot more. Isn't that what D* tries to do when they give someone a lesser model of the HRs and tries to explain it by saying they are equal?
I just looked up the term "functionally equivalent" and got nothing that pertains to D* and it's usage of the term. I've done this several times and come up with not a whole lot. "Functional equivalent" does come up and that does have meanings that would allow D* to stretch that into what it chooses to believe or preach. Isn't speed a function? Would you be happy if they sent you a 22-100 or a 23 instead of a 24? Would you want one of those slow HRs, even if they were "functionally equivalent", according to a company that deceives the public in its ads rather blatantly? And employs CSRs that are liable to tell you anything to pacify you?