Yes and me and Joe has some political history back in the Abyss thread I got banned from while back.
But from what I've heard the Abyss isn't the most expensive once you take the cables out of the equation.
I'll put in my 2c...
1. Sennheiser hd650 ($400), Bottlehead Crack with speed ball and nice tubes ($650 assembled) and Uberfrost with upgrades ($500) = $1550 HA!!
Most of the headphones alone recommended here cost about as much as this whole setup. Why do suggest it? Because there are two rigs that have given me an emotional connection to the music that is beyond all others. The first was the Stax sr009 on the BHSE at the Atlanta meet last year. And the second is the $1550 setup that I mentioned above. AND between the two of them, I like the $1550 rig just as much as the Stax. Flame me, I can take it. Just because you've got a sizable budget doesn't mean you have to spend it all. Show you wife how much money you've saved and sit back and reap the benefits..wink wink.
Indeed, the Bottlehead Crack with HD600 / HD650 (preference chosen, I happen to prefer the HD600) and a decent DAC (my low end choice is the ODac) is a lot of rig. This combination can provide for many great hours of listening, and it does for me when I'm not setting aside time for the HD800 / ZDSE.
My personal aspiration which may suit your needs well:
LittleDot MK VI+ ($865)
2x 6SU7GTY ($150ish)
4x 5998 ($4-500ish)
Schiit Gungnir ($749)
Schiit Pyst XLR ($40)
HiFiMan HE-560 ($900ish) Final pricing not out yet.
Moon Audio Balanced Cable ($300)
I'm not sure he has the budget for a 20000 dollars source...
Of course one could substitute HD800 or a T90 for HD600, roll in an Osram A1834 for the 6080 and put in an RCA cleartop for the 12AU7. Details would increase substantially.
Good to know, maybe if you're a string quartet aficionado it could be interesting. But not for general allround listening maybe.