I keep spending money on upgrading, a few hundred at a time going upwards, decided that I'm too poor to do that and might just go for the 8.A and end the sillyness.
I know this is a completely rubbish question being posted in the 'Heir audio appreciated thread', but, are the 8.As actually worth it? I was very unimpressed with the 4.Ais coming from DBA-02s and I realize that spending $1,800 for 8.As the price:performance will be even lower still, which is hard to justify, but it'll stop this madness of buying slightly better, then I can concentrate on the music. Is there anything that maeks the 8.A standout amongst other flagship CIEMs? Alien ears also do an 8-driver CIEM for several hundred less.
As an added question not necessarily Heir audio based, do you think a high-end CIEM such as the 8.A could compete against LCD-2s? I've love to completely lose my headphones and use only earphones and a DAP/AMP, but I'm unsure if this would be a good idea at the minute.
To my ears, the 8.A is the perfect middle between the LCD2 and the HE6 (w/o speaker amp). Not being able to go portable with the two headphones was the reason I got the 8.A. Although the 8.A does sound better with a portable amp, I found the performance of the 8.A good enough straight from a DAP without a amp.