^ you need to get out more, if this is your source of entertainment... Amazing, insight comment though
DACs absolutely make a difference.
I've used solid state DACs and tube DACs and I much preferred the tube it just sounded more natural to me although I do understand that tubes do colour the sound and again sound is something that is completely subjective and people like what they like.
You have people who just want bass bass bass. It doesn't matter if you give them the best source material, the best source feed, the best DAC and the best amp if the output isn't all bass they will think it sounds crap.
I've tested and owned DACs randing from a few quid all they way up to £800. Yes there is a substantial difference but the sweet spot is around the £100-£200 mark and after that your paying for minor improvements. The max I'd spend is £200-£300 and I'd buy from schiit they are very high quality and spec for the money.
Again how good your ears are at listening is a big variable. I can hear sounds others cannot and can hear my CCTV NVR fan from several rooms away. I can also hear a humming noise from my Dyson fan from the other side of the room when it's off and in standby. Others cannot hear either of these sounds even with good hearing. So someone might think someone is talking rubbish but the truth is their hearing is a lot better than yours.
I'm reading reviews on the expensive chord qutest DAC, user reviews sound like it's "life changing"
Can a DAC really have that much of an impact on sound?... I ask this, remembering the days of "expensive HDMI cables"
I’ve been following schiit awile. I picked a 2nd hand amp/dac combo off mm for a friends birthday. I tested them before I gave them . Impressed. I still can’t work out how good the dac in the sennheiser hdvd800 is.
Lot of snake oil in the audio industry imo.Yes, often snake oil. ABX tests can frequently demonstrate this.
Not that there can't be some differences, see above post re: tubes... but there is a pretty obvious explanation for that, tubes... if a DAC has been built to deliberately alter the sound in some way the of course it can sound different, but generally, there is no magical woo required here, building a DAC is something that can be done relatively cheaply.
The notion that more money = better or that you can judge by the price range just plays into the usual woo, and beliefs ever-present in hi-fi for the past few decades.
Lot of snake oil in the audio industry imo.