Since everyone here is having fun crunching numbers on a portable rig let's crunch the numbers on my rig. An iPod Classic is 50 bones more expensive here in Canada by the way and I just ordered the CLAS yesterday.
iPod Classic 160 GB 7th gen= $250
CLAS -db = $699.00
UHA-6S MKII with op amp 8610= $279.00
OPA627AP = $50.00
OPA209AID = $12.00
Fiio L9 = $14.95
Fiio L8 = $7.95
Heir Audio 4A (after 40% off sale and add in upgraded cable and color canals) = $700.00
An that's not even counting any of my other amps, DAP's, various IEM's, mobile headphones, ear impression costs, all the shipping costs and duties, not to mention down the road I'll probably be going balanced which means a more pricier interconnect and maybe a balanced cable for the CIEM/headphone and one or two pricier balanced amps. I'd say the days of a $3-4000 dollar mobile rig are already here. I should know, I'm in the middle of building one from the ground up which is not cheap when you're starting from scratch. The only reason I kept it around 1700 is because I lucked out with a good sale on the CIEM and I cheaped out with the Fiio interconnects. If I hadn't the price would be closer to the $22-2500 mark.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 1/22/13 at 8:16pm