Problem is, many "Audiophiles" automatically dismiss lower priced products as inferior.
In the world of Dacs Eastern Electric marked the lower limit of respectability for a Audiophile-Approved Dac.
Head-amps is a different story....lower priced head-amps still gain respect amongst the Audiophile community.
Below $500 will put it in the mists of DacMagic et.al, which is good for sales but to many no matter how good the review, the low-ish price would not gain them respect in the Audiophile community.
Just my 0.02