- Oct 11, 2018
Does anyone else find it odd that despite the fact that most DAC's on the DAC list perform well enough to pass the beyond the scope of human hearing test, people are still spending $500-$1000 on a measurably well performing DAC? If the difference doesn't matter because you can't hear it, then why do people keep throwing money at the problem?
There are a lot of reasons to buy a 'more expensive' DAC (or amp, or whatever). It might be strictly cosmetic, could come down to features on the back panel, might be warranty, or that you want to support a particular brand because you think they are good guys... All those are good reasons.
I don't want to get into religion, but there's a Buddhist saying--once you cross the river you don't continue to carry the boat with you, on your journey. As it relates to hi-fi, once you realize that sound is the same for anything in the ASR blue (or even) green section, you forget about all the nonsense, and don't pay anymore attention to it.
ASR DAC reviews are mostly interesting in order to find out who is doing the most for the least. Other than that, secondary factors cited above (not sound related) become important for the consumer.
The other good thing about ASR (almost alone in the reviewing scene) is that it allows one to easily recognize the idiocy. Over at the famous 'analog' site, a reviewer whose name I won't mention, but whose initials are Michael Fremer, tells fans that a fourteen thousand dollar Ethernet switch will make your music 'sound better' through your home network. A little time here, will disabuse someone of spending that kind of money on an Ethernet switch. So from a practical standpoint, the info here could possibly save dollars.