I was adding in a couple AR84s, but your point is taken- I haven't priced them recently. The GLD system is really a good value.
It is indeed.
Where this competes is in the world of larger productions, networked installs and small OBs where you need a cost effective and sonically high quality console that can form part of a larger system. At that point you are looking at products which have some bigger networking functionality built in, like the Digico and Midas ranges. Then its more interesting.
This with a Rednet D16 would make a killer festival matrix too...