If this is referring to the two audio deals I posted over the last couple weeks for the HD800S and the KEF LS50W, I would like to know what lower cost alternatives exist for those that perform equally well?
I don't know if I qualify as an audiophile because most of the time I am happy listening to my $100 Sennheiser 558, unamped run straight out of my laptop.
I own much better equipment, and I can definitely tell the difference a better setup makes, but most of the time this is good enough.
This is true, some of the higher end DACs only cost $20-30 to purchase, and cost even less for the manufacturers to make.frugalfruit wrote: ↑ There is a lot of ignorance amongst general public about audio. The technology has advanced so much that it costs only a few dollars to make a quality DAC+amp to drive headphones. There is no need for expensive audio gear when the average THD in transducers is around 0.5% which makes most boutique, high quality DAC and amps irrelevant.
But many chip makers only make a component in the larger product that customers ultimately buy , R&D, other components, marketing, overheads, etc. drive up the cost considerably.
Most people will agree with you (at least where I think you are coming from), in saying that not a lot about the extreme cost of products in this hobby makes sense, and at best you are paying lots of money for marginal gains.