I think there's all this noise and controversy really because of the price. At the price the LAu is being offered, it implies undeniably that it IS the best dynamic headphone amp ever made.....if it were in competition truly with other amps like the GS-X etc, it would be priced accordingly so. It's sad that it's looking less and less likely I'll be able to make the weekend San Diego meet to listen to it.....I'm going to have to find some way to get away for a couple hours if possible.
This is utter rubbish. The price offered has NOTHING to do with quality in Hi-Fi circles. It is based on what the manufacturer/distributor chain/retailer thinks they can gouge out of the buyer.
It is perception, vaporware.
Implication is not reality.
The true test of high fidelity and design/build quality is determined by proper scrutiny of the internal construction, circuit analysis, performance tests, parts and material used etc.
Something can be wonderful looking on the outside, and be a total mess inside.
It can also be a total pig of an aesthetic design, but perform like a champion.
For the price the LAu is selling for, it had better be built internally as well as externally as good as the Headamp GSX Mk-II.
You can pay a huge price for a nameplate that has street cred (e.g. Harley Davidson) without the product being any better than the competing brands with a lesser branding.