That combo is probably one of the few things that do justify some hype here, as its one of the relatively few products (that qualify as high-end) out there to be developed without self-delusion as a large part of the design process. And it's not so much the product itself I'd like hyped, it's the philosophy behind the design. I think many of us are OK with paying a few hundred bucks or more for really nice enclosures and nice-to-have features which aren't a central part of the audio performance. But to sell crap in nice cases is all too common around here.
Crap in nice cases......like the Grado headphone amp?
Really not a bad amp, but you are mostly paying for the cute little woody case.
As for the design process, really hard to say what other manufacturer's are thinking when they design something, but I sincerely doubt that even half of them are deluded. I'm sure most of them are quite sincere. But there seems to me a small minority who may be borderline competent.
Hey man, thanks for the tip! I may not need a pair of RS-2i.........or maybe I will anyway.
What are we going to do about J-Lo?