Any chance of you being a little more specific, moodryn - I thought Ken was pushing the Solo stack for the iPod, but perhaps he and Vinnie have cooked something else up ?
Edit: sorry - is this the dock you are referring to ?
If so, in ALO terms, its quite reasonably priced. I think they have LODs that cost more.
The dock I was referring to isn't on that page. I don't know if they even still make it or not. All I know is it was a wooden alo dock. I don't really know if I was hearing the dock, the interconnects or what. I'm sure whatever the dock it was, it cost much more than I would ever be willing to pay for one. And I'm not saying that it's as good as a high end dac/cd player. But it sounded darn good, and I was surprised at how good the sound was coming out of an ipod. It could have been the amp, the headphones, etc. But I will say this, the ipod wasn't holding that set up back. Now back to dacs. There are differences, but none are to the point of making 500.00 headphones sound like 1000.00 headphones. Also like others have said, unless you have headphones and amps that are resolving enough, you really won't hear much of a difference. This is why the dac is the last thing I would upgrade. After music, I would focus on getting the best headphones I can afford followed by an amp that will have enough juice to amp them properly. Then I would look at upgrading the dac. But still, I wouldn't start off with a 100.00 dac either. Any midfi 200.00-400.00 dac would do until your system reach the status of being able to appreciate getting a high-end dac. And still after that, like I said, the difference isn't huge.