Been looking (and looking and looking and looking...) and it seems that you can get 1/16 DIN Chinese PID's for around $40-ish, and most other US (or Canada, or Jap) made ones (read-Brand Name) are basically about $170 and up-mostly UP. WAY the fruck up.
Love A's have been suggested but don't seem cheap, either, but what is with Omega's?
'Once an OMEGA product design is perfected and tested, stock production takes place at our Bridgeport, New Jersey, manufacturing plant.'
An apparent integral Solid State Relay of 5 amps, dual displays, 2 alarms, and even RS485-for $99??!!
I don't like that feeling of 'the cheap China made product suddenly deteriorating into worthless junk' that I have experienced too many times before. Shipping on something so light and small is negligible; maybe just aiming for a USA product is unnecessary overkill, but I want to build to last...
Obviously, we don't need aerospace reliability for turning on a brew pump or firing a gas valve, but if you have to buy another one because the first one, at half the price, took a squat, aren't you gonna want to buy the brand name version the second time around -anyway?
What am I missing here; is this the best brand name PID deal going-or what? And WHY, when all the other ones are easily double THIS price?