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RE: Why should one buy a DAC?
Posted by knewton on June 13, 2012 at 07:27:10:
It seems to me that there are two main reasons why one might want an external DAC. One is if you have a reliable disc player, but want to gain a more satisfying playback without incurring the even greater expense of purchasing an more satisfying disc player. The other reason is if you need computer interconnectivity, such as USB, which your current disc player's internal DAC doesn't support.
I think that diminishing return curves exist for many consumer products classes. A $17k Honda Civic can provide the basic transportation needs of most people, and do so reliably, economically, and even with a small dash of fun. So, why is there a market for a $100k Porche, or a $300k Ferrari, or a $1M Bugatti? What high-end audio and high-end automobiles have in common is that they both deliver a strong emotional, even spiritual, benefit/reward to their consumers. When you're talking about emotional benefits, price value claculations often loose their moorings.