Great thread! I really would like to self program but there are a few hindrances I see in buying my own Fitting Link 3.0 for my Opn1: the high price, the ROI since I don't know if I'd touch it again often after I've fine tuned it to my liking maybe within the first month or so. If it's something I would use regularly, then the cost may be more justifiable. The other hindrance is that my audi is only 5 minutes away from where I live so it's hard for me to justify the high price just to tinker with it. The OPN also doesn't require too many programs so there's even less of a need to tinker with it once it's been setup. As much as I'd like to tinker with it, I don't see the need to change anything at this moment after I've seen my audi in the first month of owning my Opn1.
Citing the reasons above, I wouldn't want to shell out $75 to $100 to rent one for a month. If it were $50 then maybe I'd consider it more seriously. Otherwise, I'm hoping that over time eventually the price will drop down to hopefully around the $150-$200 range then I would just rather buy one to own.
That's because tinkering is different than adjusting. You can't limit your tinkering to within a month. The 1 month limit would be more like adjusting, which I can just go see my audi to have it done. Tinkering would have to make the programmer always available at any time so I can change anything I want at a whim. For example, I may not be exposed to a new environment (like maybe going to a ball game or concert or whatever) for 3 months later, so renting it out for just 1 month doesn't allow me to tinker with it after my new exposure to a new environment that may not happen until much later.
HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)
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