Don't understand the "painful price" comments at all.
Priced a Woo Audio, Head Amp, Cavalli, or any other high end headphone amp for that matter??
$5-6K is the norm, and those amps don't have a built in DAC, or speaker amp. And there's no brand name there to speak of, vs a McIntosh.
This amp is a downright bargain!!
Well to be fair I think some of them are equally ridiculous in pricing, especially ones like the Cavalli LAu and Abyss headphones for one. Though I give Cavalli a small pass because he is working on very small, hand built volume and has to include a large margin to compensate his own labor. When you buy one it's for exclusivity, not high value performance. Headamp prices are actually somewhat fair considering his low volume as well. I think that $3k or maybe or maybe $3.5k would be better for the Macintosh. If it were sold factory direct maybe even $2.5k or less
Edited by JWahl - 2/7/14 at 3:14pm