I've heard about great support from yuking throughout this thread, over the years, but it seems like if you buy directly from him you pay 750 (plus substantial shipping) just for the non upgraded la figaro... as opposed to 650 at Shenzhen with free shipping, or 550 in the massdrop that just happened. It's especially frustrating to have tried to stay loyal to that dealer only to be made a fool of for it. And when I look at how the pricing is going off of Yukings own website, where they want to charge you even more than their dealers do.. all I can expect is that this is a dealer who wants to make as much money as possible when you decide to buy direct from them. I don't see an upgraded option on yukings website, but if we're just tacking on $100 as with shenzen, then it would be at least $850 plus the shipping that you dont even have to pay with Shenzen. This is just really infuriating because of how invested I was, financially and mentally, only to end up witnessing all of this. Normally it is more expensive when you go through the dealers, because they are taking their cut. But for some reason the opposite seems to be true, here. All of the options are pretty uninspiring right now. If they want to sell units then they need to get this whole act together, because it doesn't make much sense across the board. I'd rather just find another amp and a deal I can make in good conscience, than pay way more for the same thing that everybody else here is. That's just offputting. It's not just this money and component, but my entire rig that sits useless for months. And I showed many friends this amp and was excited to show things off to them when it came in. It's so disappointing. This type of stuff genuinely only happens in this particular community, for headphone hifi audio. At least in my experience. Taking recommendations on similar and superior amplifiers. I'm thinking maybe just a WA6, although I don't remember being in love with its sound signature - was hoping for the warmer and tubier sound with the la figaro. Any tips? I've got money and a rig that I can't wait to listen to, just need to figure out a new amp.