(01-10-2014, 11:58 AM)JohnNJ Wrote: For example - "I have read here that the ResMed S9 Autoset is a better choice than the ResMed S9 Escape because..." is not the same as "Stay away from the Escape. It's a crappy machine. (even though I have never even seen that unit)"On the money. I have not seen "crappy" as a description, I have used the term useless bricks to describe non-data capable machines.
As for you saying (even though I have never even seen that unit)", check it out - http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List - the price difference between S9 Elite which is data capable machine and S9 Escape which is not data capable machine is less than $50
Without data, there is no such thing as a sleep study or diagnoses of sleep apnea, so data capable machine is more or less like having a mini-sleep study at home all night-every night. Enough is enough, IMO these machines should be recalled as defective and manufacturers to stop making such useless machines. There is no other medical equipment equivalent to these bricks ... whats the use of blood sugar or BP monitors without giving you any readings.
Enough of opinions, here is the manufacturers descriptions
System One comparison guides http://www.healthcare.philips.com/asset....-guide.pdf
Fisher and Paykel Icon http://www.fphcare.com.au/sleep-apnea/cp.../f-p-icon/
DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Comparison chart: http://www.devilbisshealthcare.com/produ...ap-devices
ResMed specifications http://www.resmed.com/us/products/s9_ser...nc=dealers
Conclusion: In US, Insurance pay for the machine by a billing code (E0601) which is the same amount for any model but some (not all) DME maximize their profit by lousy few dollars in giving you the cheaper model ... many people posted about it, here in this forum and elsewhere