In a way I think its not too bad if I dont get chosen. While the shipping hustle is not an issue for me, there is another problem: You have to send them back eventually!
Now THAT would make me sad :D.
How could you possibly expect someone to answer that? Only you know what you're ears would deem as worth it.
Thankfully I put some money aside for it as soon as I heard the Liquid Carbon at CanJam. *whew* Killer on the wallet indeed.
Such is the way with most review/beta audio products. I predict that many of the testers will end up falling in love with their beta units and make an offer to buy them from HiFiMan just so they don't have to part ways.
I'm really looking forward to all of the HE-1000 impressions as they come in!
It delivers 1.5W into 50Ω, so I don't see why it can't drive the HE-1000. You'll most likely get a fuller sound out of the Liquid Crimson but the Carbon should be able to handle the HiFiMan just fine.