Originally Posted by Radio_head
If you are being serious and not just rhetorical I suggest you talk to Steve. He is very transparent about his costs in relation to his pricing - for instance with the Hynes upgrades, while the regulators themselves don't cost the price of the upgrade, if you add Steve's cost of licensing their use it adds up. Another example is his bronze chassis upgrade - he sells it at cost. As to the wall-wart issue, he is overhauling the substation - and you can run it off a monolith if you want. In the high-end DAC market, there aren't many products that I'm aware of that have the same component cost/retail price as the Overdrive. Especially for jitter audibility believers.
Now that we've successfully derailed this thread, I may as well digress further: I noticed Jose Gonzalez on your music preferences. That has to be the first time I've seen him mentioned on HF. I guess it goes without saying that you've tried out Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon?
No way in hell I'm spending 4000$ to 8000$ on a DAC designed to run on a wall wart, so I can buy a power supply that replaces that wall wart for another 1200$. There's no way it sounds that good, and not to mention it's the only DAC I've seen that requires a _FAN_. When it comes to a device designed to reduce noise, improve clarity, etc, INTRODUCING MORE BACKGROUND NOISE IS SIMPLY HEINOUS. Oh unless I'm seeing it wrong, even with that device you STILL use a wall wart because it takes DC IN, not AC. Please look at the actual pictures. It's just disgusting.
Maybe I'm a purist, but I refuse to buy a product that doesn't have it's own built in power supply or come with a power supply externally that handles the AC to DC conversion (but whichever method, it better have an IEC inlet because without one we're using a wall wart of some kind). if I had a 8000$ DAC I sure as hell wouldn't want it running off a wall wart.
Anybody who spends that kind of money on a DAC with obvious design flaws is just mad and subscribing to the spending more to get more philosophy. The entire product range from that company screams snake oil.
Also, never heard of Nick Drake, but I'll check it out.
Edited by Aynjell - 1/27/12 at 1:57pm