+$50 for the power source
Does the US version ship with one, or is it extra from Schiit too?
If it sounds good to you, and suits your cans- i still think its cheap and a good deal. I havent heard it, but going by looks and build quality alone, its very nice. Its only when you compare it to the US price that you would complain, without that comparison to be made youd never shake a stick at a $300-$400 desktop stack made in the US.
Im guessing import taxes (quite a sum added to any international purchase over $999), freight, GST, etc must factor quite a bit of the rest.
Im also guessing that at the US direct retail of $99 each/$198 combined, there isnt much room for profit at all!!! Considering the casings alone, chips, etc,and the fact its built in the USA?... cant imagine the wholesale price is more than $5-$20 cheaper, dont think these can be built for $50 each even if they were made in China.
Anyways, all speculation. Still wanting to hear one though, Im dubious an (intended) $99 amp or $99 DAC in casings this good can sound nice, no offense to anyone intended, its a natural reaction i think.
Edited by mrbigsby - 2/5/13 at 3:07am