Originally Posted by ardgedee
I kind of pulled those numbers out of a hat, but after thinking a little, I don't think I'm too far off...
Most expensive IEMs I can think of are in the $2k range (eg, UE PRM) -- the Monets might be more, I can't recall, but I don't think they're up to $3k.
Most expensive headamp I can think of is $800 (Triad)
There aren't many portable DACs, and they're mostly in the $500 range (CLAS) -- the CLAS -dB costs more, I guess.
Source hardware is mostly in the $500 range or less -- there are plenty of more expensive ones, but the premium goes towards the DAC and headphone amp, circumventing the need for a headamp and portable DAC. This is going to change sooner or later but I'm sticking with that number for now.
So: $3800. Roll in some specialty cables and you might hit $4,500 -- unless you completely lose your mind and hire somebody to make you a bunch of piccolino interconnects and headphone cables.
I'll do a small list here:
Grab the iBasso DX100 and you have already $830 player, if you want you can get a nice amplifier and it can go up to $700~800.
There you go for the IEMs, the SE 5-way are about 1700 usd, the PRM is 2k and the PP6 and FitEar options are about 2300 usd.
The DX100 + an $800 amp + PRM are already $3630, if you go and get a FitEar and get their 000 cable, its $4230...and dont forget shipping and audiologist costs!
Now add the ridiculously expensive Reference 8 mini-to-mini cable for more $265 and you already hit the 4,5k mark.