Actually from those who have heard it the Dark Star is supposed to be a $200 amplifier sitting in a $1000 case selling for $3.5k. From those people whose opinion I trust, the amplifier is pretty bad for any headphone, let alone a demanding headphone like the HE-6. Don't let price tags fool you
Heck, I'm with you about overpriced kit and the associated emotional responses.
It shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to get a mere few watts of clean quality power.
I await the storm that follows.
I didn't intend to incite a schiit-storm . I'm sure I can find a handful of reputable comments that were sources to that.
I would say with the Dark Star it's got a double whammy for a high price tag and a damn good looking design. I don't even have a good adjective to describe that. It's not "sexy". It's more like a bulky powerful looking amplifier. Is there a thread for "best visually appealing amplifier designs" like there is for headphone designs?