Y'all are bitching about nothing, and the $1600 price-point is the reason why said bitching is pointless.
$1600 is an insane amount to spend on a paintball gun for the very reasons listed before me (price of a car / college semester). So any amount of bitching about this gun is indeed pointless as it shouldn't be even considered in the first place unless you shit gold and piss diamonds.
/end "I'm cheap as fuck" rant
I'm not a cheap person, that's the thing. I can afford a few I these if I really wanted to. My issue is that the price outweighs the product. As I said before, this is a Proto Matrix, plain and simple. Their Proto line has always been less than their DM line, but since they haven't released a Proto in 5 years they brought it back under the guise of a Dye Matrix and are charging double what they were charging for the Proto line when it was still active.
You can spend $1300 on the new Bob Long marker and get a spool and inline poppet engine, two additional barrel backs, parts kit, OLED board, macroless, quick-release bolt, Made in America, and excellent CS. The DM14 brings only half of that to the table and expects $300 more. I will never buy a DM marker new, ever, for the simple fact is that they are always behind the innovation curve.
It's not that I can't afford it, I simply don't want to buy a blatantly obvious outdated and overall lacking marker.