There’s nothing bad about it, Larry, quite the contrary, it’s just that I really did not need yet another plugin that can give me nice sounding chamber reverb. And since I’m completely immune to the deceptive sillyness that, supposedly, I now have “a bit of Abbey Road” inside my computer, that aspect of the product — its aura of myth and legend, if you will — doesn’t get me excited either. (Just as I’m deeply allergic to any device that claims to offer me a reverberant slice of the Vienna Konzerthaus, or ToddAO, or Teldex or whatever.)
The STEED feature is a nice extra, and genuinely *very* useful if you like that sort of thing, but again: if you’re after something like that, you can quite easily simulate it with a cleverly routed combination of (modulated) tape-ish delay, EQ and quality chamber reverb.
The plugin is quite heavy on the CPU, yes, but not as bad as several testimonials had me believe it is. Three, four instances is perfectly possible on my ageing machine. Maybe more. (Depending of course on whatever else I am using.)
Bottom line, for me: great-sounding chamber reverb with a hint of character that isn’t all that easy to find in (or recreate with) other reverbs, and with STEED added, you have an inspiring, fun-to-experiment-with combo of production tools.
With these Abbey Road Chambers, I have bought nothing that I didn’t have already in some form or other, but having it all available in a single, well-configured, high-quality plugin, is not without unique value and appeal.