Originally Posted by jibzilla
I'm just saying that people can have great results with headphones without a headphone amp or dac in their chain. I don't, and I think you might be surprised at how many portable headphone amps, dacs and compact desktop amps I have tried. I also think you might be surprised how good my headphones sound just strait out of my mixer. Even my picky annies liked the djr and look at all the modern headfiers looking into vintage recievers, probably one of the hottest topics on here as of late.
I think between mad love envy's unhelpful off-topic posts you have gone off point again. No one is saying you cannot find satisfaction with modest sources. It is all relative. What you said though that started all of this was that accordingly sources above $200 was pointless, which is a different emphasis and message entirely.
If you listen to something like the Invicta reproducing every aspect of the sound better than you have ever previously heard and yet contained in its own air it is a revelation. That is not to say you have to spend three figures at all. Something like the mdac is two thirds of the sound at a fraction of the price. The main point when you hear better sources is that it becomes impossible to ignore the deficiencies of lower end DACs.
That is not to say you cannot still enjoy lower end kit after demoing better offerings. But for anyone to say higher end DACs are not offering anything extra for the money- again, with the best will in the world but a statement like that says you lack experience or you are fortunate as your ears will not benefit from expenditure. Given you conceded you have not denoted widely then the defensive stance is somewhat perplexing. Just acknowledge what people say, enjoy your current kit and if you ever demo nice toys come back on the forum and report your findings!