post #76 of 85
9/24/08 at 9:02pm
And that is something only a personal listening can tell. A poll has got to be unhelpful, really.
Resale value holds very well (i.e. the "market" says it is not overpriced), so there is no reason not to take a try, unless the cost is totally out of line with your budget, in which case the question sortof answers itself.
But I think it is a terribly silly question. Of course if you can afford it and you try it and are happy with the sound and features, then it is quite well worth it. Otherwise, not.
For me, it is overpriced. Not because it isn't worth the money in an abstract way (business sense-wise, I'm sure it is a great value for the $$), but rather because I just can't justify spending that kind of money on a headphone amp right now. I found the iBasso Boa priced just right for my budget and I'm happy with the increase in sq it gives me - especially as DAC out of my laptop - so it has found a place in my heart. The Predator (or Pico) may very well be a higher quality product. But I don't need "the best."
These $4-500 mini amp/dacs are overpriced in that they cost 'a lot', but I think that RSA and headamp are probably not rolling in heaps of money and laughing all the way to the bank with 300% profit margins, and so in the end the price is most likely very fair.
The products are finished to a very high level, hand built, and not made in huge production runs. These factors inevitably lead to a high dollar figure.
Consider the Meier Corda Cantate. $485, incl. shipping. Even comes in fancy case! The price is quite similar to the predator and pico, but how does the sound compare? I would guess that the size premium for the mini amp/dacs is quite a bit.