I'm not really much of a fan of the synergy concept either. I find it problematic in that it kind of avoids directly assessing the qualities of the subject. While it may be inherently necessary at times, I do find it unnerving. Probably grinds against my ideals of gear being transparent or understood to the point where discussions of synergy are no longer necessary. Things like impedance matching and power requirements will always be there, but I find discussions of synergy to do with sound signature tiring.
For value, yeah I don't mind so much - it's a pretty important concept for anyone without unlimited funds. Where it kind of falls apart is where value or "worth" is no longer a function of technical performance.
re "worth" in the DAP discussion I kind of see the problem there. There's probably quite a lot of DAP's that are more powerful but less clear than the AK100. I' m also pretty sure all of them are cheaper than the AK100. Personally I'm more interested if there is a DAP that can match AK100 in clarity yet also have plenty of power, or say match DX100 performance but have dead quiet headphone out for IEM's.
Edited by drez - 5/19/13 at 3:27am