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RE: Spending $$$$ on digital.

It all depends on what you want and how far you are prepared to go to achieve it.

I have spent $$$$ on my DAC. I have had many cheaper DACs from many eras of digital audio here to compare it to. Overall I would judge that the best of those at half the price of mine achieve 90% of its audio performance but none have had its flexibilty. But even at half the price we are still talking of spending a considerable sum.

For myself I would rather spend the moolah, get 95-100% of what is the best available at that point in time and not have to worry about upgrades for a few years. And know that when I do want to upgrade I am either getting a retrofittable one, often free of charge, or I am going to be able to get a good trade in price (within the manufacturer's scheme, so no worrying ebay sales etc).

On the other hand many want to get the most performance that is available for the smallest outlay i.e. not an ultimate performance but a credible one. Then DACS like the ifi audio one make sense.

I guess it's like most of the audio hobby. You can get great sound for a reasonable cost. But if your aim is towards the best that there is then beyond a point each small improvement doubles the outlay.

Edits: 04/11/17

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