Wow, thanks for that info. This is why I come these threads, becasue I learn something new. I'm so happy that things are being skewed towards the average consumer. Tier carve outs make perfect sense to me as well. I'm trying to hit the sweet spot for a DAC, so far hasn't happened. Bifrost is next on my list of things to try.
Yeah that Liquid Fire Hype is insane right now, haha. I was thinking about upgrading to that instead of my DAC, can you imagine me sourcing the LF with a Fiio E7? Talk about ridicule...
Headphone amps are those funny things, where, based on what I've heard, the first tier levels out around $900, then it's relatively flat until you get into Balancing Act territory. I've heard a bunch of headphone amps in the $900-1500 range, and none of them stood out to me (in a positive or negative way). I'd love to hear the Dark Voice and Liquid Fire, more expensive headphone amps people rave about, to see if they are significantly better than the mid-range I've heard. Other people may disagree, but I've heard definite tiers carved out. Ofc, transport, tubes, software, etc., also all make a difference.
Edited by M-13 - 11/4/11 at 5:42pm