Thank you for these kind comments but it will not be priced at $800-900. Without taxes, the iDSD Pro is expected to be at the ~$1,500 level.
When we can give out the juiciest bits we shall.
But it will be a dedicated hard core DAC (with Quad Burr-Browns) with a very respectable headphone stage. The fact that there will be an iCAN Pro already hints that first and foremost, the iDSD needs to and will deliver the sonic goods as a professional class dac.
If you look at the iDAC2 thread, you can see that that runs Class A, is Directly-Coupled and uses some pretty nice parts like Elna Silmic IIs, C0G capacitors and MELF resistors. You may/may not have auditioned the nano and micro iDSDs but from all these, you can rest assured that we don't neglect the core sonic heart of our dacs at the cost of a good headphone stage.
I think what he was getting at is that he was wondering if you could make a version of the pro without a headphone amp for less money. Many of us have really nice amps and like things to be modular anyway. Is that a possibility?