"descended into a horrible, stinking mess that sullies the Spectrum legacy. " -Excuse me: had you actually been alive, and bought ANYTHING during the sinclair research days, you'd know this is simply the continuance of that legacy: Amplifiers with instructions which didn't tell you to ground the op-amp and blew up on construction. Late delivery nightmares. Overstated performance claims.
It even made 'not the nine o-clock news' -The sinclair digital penis: 1 inch high and takes 28 days to come'