I paid 1450 euros. I thought the unit had problems. I posted here and got responses. I am not trying to find fault with the Octatrack. I am trying to find out if what I thought to be a problem is indeed a problem or just how the unit is built. I think I should have the right to “scrutinize” and I don’t do that out of nothing. So this being out of the way, I can continue:
When I heard back from Elektron, I was relieved and decided not to return the unit immediately. But then, after reading some of the posts here and seeing how inconsistent the experience with screen quality is, I am unsure about keeping the unit, especially with this very important fact in mind: Elektron reissued the Octatrack with one aim only: better hardware and better user interface (more buttons). The screen is a part of that. If the screen used is low-quality OLED and makes these ghostlines and coloration differences, then this tells me that the hardware was not entirely improved. I have no experience with the older model. Sure, the buttons, crossfader may have been improved. But, despite not having a deep idea of how screen technology has improved over the years, I am almost sure that an OLED screen should not behave like that.
So, dear Elektron team, can you please answer this question: Did you use an inferior OLED screen on the Octatracks? What you define as “normal” does not look normal to me. Sure, it may not be a malfunction but it may simply be a design fault or a bad choice of components.
And to those who say: if your unit works fine, don’t try to find faults. This must be the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my life. We are talking about a 1450€ device that is built with the sole claim of having better hardware than the original. A screen that displays weird lines when a pop-up window comes up is not better hardware, I think. Still, I’d like to hear what Elektron has to say about this. So far, their explanation was relieving on the surface, but was problematic at second thought.