1. There defintly were NOT this many people bad mouthing the RA-1 before this whole scenerio. So, that means either a) those who are badmouthing it now are just letting the exposition of the schematic phase their opinions of its actual sound or b) they lied or based their every opinion of the amp on hearsay and not personal reference. I defintly have a problem with either of those situations, and I've noticed a great deal of the second.
2. Ever since I discoverd headroom, then headwize, and then here, I've always thought that the "audiophiles goal" was kind of rediculous. I've always said that I'd rather enjoy my music then scrutinise it. If opting for coloration, crossfeed, amps that alter the sound, bass boost, filters and all those other things that allow me to enjoy my music more means I'm not an audiophile, then I'm not an audiophile, and I don't ever wanna be one.
3. Even by the most strict of audiophile definitions, if you are saying nothing should be altered by the amp, just what purpose does the RA-1 serve for ANYONE? Everybody knows that Grados add their own distinct coloration, so why is everyone being a hypocryte in defending an amp that was meant for an already inaccurate headphone? Why don't you guys go get some notoriusly accurate phone and bash Grados for adding THEIR seasonings to the signal? If it is in fact true that the RA-1 adds very little to none improvement to the sound, and that you are justfieing that as its audiophile purpose, then how can you consiously sit there and DEFEND this thing for the price of $350? What about the already noted inferior headphoen jacks, wouldn't that disrupt or corrupt the signal?
4. On a semi related note: with this post and particulary the "AMP" one, the problem I'm having here is with a major lack of dis-honesty. There are people not being honest with themselves, and not being honest with others. There are VERY few people here that I sense would be willing to argue with themselves and reason for the sake of what is truth and not just plain compromise or their personal bias. What I see now are people deviating from what should be argued and what should be discussed in fear that what was previously argued could be proven wrong to them. And I ultimately see people who just wanna be the right and all knowing little bastard, not realising that the use of knowledge just to be the right one and to elevate their status amongst people just makes them a lesser person and certainly less respected by those who are truly honest in geneal.
And, on that note of pseudo wisdom by the dis-honest one himself (me), I gotta say...
FRESH FOR THE YEAR 2001... YOU SUCKAS! PEACE!!!