Well, as far as balance amp goes, they aren't many for the price range that is below $1600. The only two I know is BHA-1 and Schiit~~~
And the only reason I got the HDVD800 instead of BHA-1 is because I like the sound on HDVA600 more from my DAC1 compare to BHA-1.
I tired the one without the additional PSU so I am not sure how much better it will be~~
As far as pay for the look, I did pay for a pair of Ultrasone Edition 8, Never thought Beats looks good or sounds good~~~~~
I only get beats because I want to fit in to the general population. So people outside of my faculty will not realize I am a nerdy engineer student when I walk in campus~~~
I think beast is a very good phone if you charge them 20 bucks.