Originally Posted by BournePerfect
I can hear differences with every single one of my dacs ranging from $100 to $3300 using my HD800. Pretty hard to fathom a good number of dacs happen to sound identical at any price point, assuming two things:
1.) An ultra revealing tranducer and amp (i.e. not Audeze)
2.) A trained ear.
Something is amiss.
Good effort though, albeit sure to mislead quite a few here I'd imagine. People-do your research, and listen for yourself. FWIW most of my dacs sound 'indistinguishable' through a Corda Rock//HD650.
That's phony bologna. While yes, the HD800 is one of the most resolving headphones 'round, the LCD-3 is very much
capable of picking up differences, even still with little strain.
Your second point is more valid than anything else. Folks, a $5k DAC isn't 25x better than a $200 DAC.
There's a reason why it's called diminished returns, we're all just neurotics endlessly chasing for 'even better' sound.
Lastly, these are Gary's finding, one person, who's not you. As Daniel said listen for yourself.