well I emailed Ibasso, and the answer is you're right, they don't have a discount. oh well. :)
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If I were you I would get the amp first. You can't really use the DAC unless you already have an amp that has a balanced input. Also, the Toucan accepts SE input. And there is also the added cost of converting your hp to balance.
I guess you're right. I'll probably get an amp first. Thanks. Ibasso here I come. lol.
the cost of retermination isnt too bad. you can find a lot of people that would do it pretty cheap. if you need some recommendations, let me know. if you cant afford both the DAC and amp, i would say get the amp and reterminate a headphone... also depends on which headphone though. i wouldnt pick one thats too cheap.
I would consider always buying both the amp and DAC together as you will save on double shipping...in addition, these amps are built to last so the money spent up front will be enjoyed down the road. When I bought my first set of phones, it killed me to spend that much, but Im glad I didn't start with a throw away pair or low end...wishing Id spent the extra 100/200, just spent it to start as I learned my lesson in other hobbys, just buy what you want and enjoy it, as long as you are going to USE it, spend the extra $$...I did do a little toying in head-fi and then just gave some of those things away to friends to get them into the hobby a bit!
In terms of the price/performance ratio on the Toucan and Boomslang, it really is an incredible deal...my LISAIII was much, much more and it doesnt have a DAC, Im having a cable made so I can feed her and do some A/B comparisons, once Ive had some more time with the TOUCAN
i had a lot of ppl that just wanted the pb1, you should be able to sell it quick.
yea if i could keep it and still build my desktop combo i would do that in a heart beat. im considering selling everything else i own and keeping the combo with my desktop combo. we'll see what happens. all in all though, i need the money for my desktop amp.