Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod
The problem is amplifiers are one of those products that require a lot of high quality analog components (such as high quality transformers) which are mostly components that will never come down in price like the components that cheap DACs have. I'm sure it will get slightly better with time, but we have to remember that some things will always cost a lot for good quality parts.
Some of my purchases ended up being combined with power supplys which they like to upgrade. My phono preamp has it's own optional seperate power supply and the Woo 5 and 5 LE end up having a power supply which runs on tubes and is connected to the amp with a multi-pin umbilical cord. Taking these power supplies apart lets you see that they are based on large copper wire spools and in Woos case end up being 35ibs where DACs do get smaller and smaller. After you see a high end DAC chip the size of a penny you realize that as they print em up the price will drop.
Maybe the next thing to drop would be flagship headphones. When I started here there was not even a thought of $1000 flagships. As soon as there were a couple for sale it seems that many decided to test the water with 2009-1010 being the start of 1k accepted flagships. Nice if we could see a price drop. But as headphones are more than a mass produced chip I don't think we will see it anytime soon. Of course HiFi man gives the expensive flagships a run for their money.
Schiit as an audio company has caused many a manufacture to take a look at their price and product range and think hard as to what reality is in this silly priced hobby. I don't judge stuff by cost but only by the performance I hear.Edited by Redcarmoose - 6/24/14 at 8:06am