Originally Posted by vcoheda
more or less arbitrary than people listing the breakdown of their personal setups?
That depends on what you're looking for.
Personally I think it's interesting to look at the breakdown of different individuals amp to source ratios; it's interesting to see where people put their money. You see interesting things here on Head-Fi, like $5,000 amps plugged into the $1000 DAC1, or $5,000 CD players plugged into the $750 GS-1.
You can find examples of systems with opposite ratios, which arguably sound just as good. That's why I think it's impossible to come up with a hard and fast rule that either your amp or your DAC should be more expensive, and by a factor of X.
Anyway, I wasn't slamming your post, I was just saying that I don't think it's possible for that question to be answered with any kind of consensus.