TK-421 ... I think you are having a Math malfunction.
1). The price doesn't come out to $580 ... $89 for V2 Driver; $189 for V2 Blade; $18 for Blade Tubing Kit; $119 for Amplified Sound Card; $39 for 11Volt Battery; $35 for Battery Charger; $24 for shipping w/insurance ... add all that together and you get: $513
And how did we jump to $800 - $900???? I can get a New Luke ANH for under $100 with shipping. So if I bought one and sent that to them, add another $110 ... so that comes to around $625. The retrofit might be 50 bucks ... or less depending on how hard it is to install. So now we might be at $675. I don't know how you got over $800 ... or even close to $900.
I mean, I guess you could have someone make you a super expensive custom made saber for $250 or $300 and try to get them to install the Hyperblade in that ... but I don't see how it's Hyperdyne's fault if you decide you want some super expensive hilt. You get a nice hilt for under $100 and have it all installed. I just don't see how your numbers add up and I don't see how they get pinned on Hyperdyne if you decide you want some expensive custom hilt ... you have free will ... I just don't see your logic.
And my Overlord cost me $190 ... so if I decided to by a new Hyperblade set-up for it AND have them install it (which you wouldn't need to do because the Overlord is just 3 pieces ... Emitter, Body, and Pommel ... and it would be very easy to install) ... it would come out to $760 (or just over $700 if I did the install myself) ... I still haven't hit $800 - $900 yet ... or that big $1000 that seems to be thrown around.