dsp, with our purchase of gear we always take risk but the cost of gear also defines how much risk.
in my case when i heard about BH and its price i decided to take a risk. i asked myself, hey, 100$, is this something i will cry about? in the end its price will not break my bank account by any means. so far i am happy.
purchasing gear is doing your homework. those who have expensive home rigs know what i talk about. and yes, sometimes we snap some mega buck gear and sometimes there is no chance to try this before buying because no shop selling this. does this mean we should abstain? no, rather we do homework and go ahead.
BH is fine amp for the money. of course this is not the best because the best costs 400-500$++ but BH does honest job and is nice sounding little amp with insanely long battery live per charge.
but if you want best of best you always can look further into 200$+ area and above where you find Leckerton, CypherLabs, ALO amps, Pico Slim, Fostex and many more. unlike with DAPs for which choices are scarce there are many stellar amps you will like.
what i am not sure is if you will like more expensive amps and paying out 200$ or 300$ or 400$ will surely make it more painful for you if you do not like what you buy.
i hope you see my point.
now going back to BH, why i like this? first of all because it does good job at fair reproduction of sound and does not mess around adding or taking anything... second, it has many options to tweak sound and also two outputs for IEMs... and it costs just 100$ which makes it less painful in case you do not like this.
as regards my setup i concur EB50 are very unusual and not so easy IEMs, they aim at true audiophile and produce sound which some casual listeners will not like. what i find BH is smoothing them out a bit and drives them with pride. but i never insisted anyone else should follow my experience and i also see some buyers complain about difficult fit of EB50 which is true... i was just lucky not to have fit problem with EB50 but others had.
as for gear, i usually do not stock up too much and use only what i like. this means my cheapo setup is all done and this is C3+BH+EB50.
my more expensive setup still waits to be completed and for now will include RWAK100+Tralucent amp+RDB+... the jury is still out on this and i am not sure if this will be final stop or i will continue searching. now if you compare costs you will see that the first setup is really very budget minded... the second setup is more akin typical highendish craze.
btw, you can check AK100 thread, there are some people reporting good results with XDuoo amp/dac with AK100. looks like a nice product costing around 300$ plus minus depending on model configuration.
hope this helps.
Edited by Gintaras - 3/29/13 at 1:26am