And this is not a cheap DAC at all. Open that youtube I linked earlier and tell me if you hear bass at 20hz with your DAC. I bet you don't. I couldn't with any prior DAC but can with this DAC. This is putting out amazing sub-bass into the HD800. It's also got great detail/treble/dynamics/spatials. I haven't heard a $1,000 DAC but I would be curious to see how it ranks. I'm relistening to all my songs and enjoying each one of them. I know it beats that HifimeDIY ESS9023 DAC that everyone loves.
Whether spending thousands extra will get me something better, I don't know, but I don't really care because it still won't sound as good as a speaker, and I'm happy with my headphone setup and this was $80 very well spent.
Edited by ag8908 - 3/25/14 at 8:20pm