Originally Posted by frequencies
Which DACs/amps do you own besides the mentioned ones? I would say the diff between 2k and above is not dramatic :D and gets exponentially expensive for what ones gets. But 0.1k$ and 1k can be nice. Still it's a lot of money!..
Most of the differences are in fancy clocking and synch circuits. I seriously doubt that anyone can hear the occasional slip of a clock pulse.
Once a certain level of distortion, an adequate slew rate, FR and drive capability has been reached, a human cannot tell the difference unless they want to imagine it.
I work on wall street and some of my coworkers don't have kids to put through fancy universities, They buy all sorts of great stuff and don't even appreciate it. My benefit it is that I get to listen to some setups that cost as much as a small car. We're not talking big differences between that and $1K complete setups. Some folks like to fiddle with specs and stories, others like bragging rights and some like listening to music.
If the testers/reviewers on magazines or zines were truthful about the magnitude of differences or no tangible differences they'd be out of a job as there would be nothing to report about. All too often we are influenced by a fancy cabinet, packaging and hyperbole which can easily influence our imaginations. Auditory memory for comparing fine details is short lived, very short and yet imagination can go a long way. Just say'in. YMMV.
I will deny no one the pleasure of fiddling and having fun.