I just dont understand why these amps are so expensive. It looks like everyone is trying to milk the headfi market these days. It uses a blue alps potentiometer and simple mosfet/jfet layout. It comes with a switching power supply as well which once again shouldnt cost much. The end result is an amp that doesnt deliver a lot of power but is expensive. Compare this to DIY efforts like the M3, PPAV2, B22(which would be costlier) or a CKIII which may come super close to this effort or may even beat it. seriously the headfi market has become a place for people to milk us. Headphones that debuted at $1000 suddenly appreciate by 20-30%. In the end the only ones truly enjoying hifi are the middlemen at the poor headfiers expense. Everyone wants tto have that magical sound and all everyone ends up doing is buying equipment, trying it out and selling the same. What's my point - Atleast sell the amp with a better power supply if one is going to charge $1000 for it!
I have owned all the "DIY" efforts at one time or another (I had three Betas at once). The Arete is better....you pay for better! Don't complain if the hobby is proving expensive...find a cheaper pastime. Not every head-fier is poor. We are all between either public transportation or driving a Ferrari. Claiming that either Todd Green or Pete Millett is "milking" the headfi public? You clearly have no concept of bringing a quality product to fruition. The steps of design and implementation toward an end product. "DIY" if you can do better... If you could? Then you would then have to listen to someone like yourself complaining!
Pre-Amps (of which headphone amps are kin) are MUCH harder to configure from the noise (and the residual aspects) than two channel speaker amps. Maybe if you don't understand the mechanics (and intricacies) of circuit design...study it and develop an actual appreciation. Then you could offer something constructive in a conversation of cost vs. performance ratios.....
Edited by achristilaw - 7/12/11 at 2:33pm