Ok, I'll risk the ire of this crowd and say I DON'T GET IT.

Can somebody explain why firing cycles are such a big deal? In terms a complete noob might understand?

Here's what I see:

DHC: 1sec Cycle, 2sec Recharge

DC: 2sec Cycle, 1sec Recharge

So, is it just the increased damage of DHCs that make that firing cycle so superior to DCs? Otherwise the theoretical number of cycles is identical over the course of any period of time.

That is... 2+1 is the same as 1+2... isn't it?

So, what am I missing here?