Marcus wrote:With the standard DM, people HAD to buy a headphone stage if they wanted to even use headphones at all.
Yep, I'm aware of that, but when you're selling a $500 DAC WITH a HO, you're limiting the phones market for the DM+ to those who want easy to drive phones. I'd suggest the market for a $700 DAC/amp which hasn't got much of an amp, is a lot smaller, and so still a poorly thought out product. Those who just wanted a good DAC for use with other devices were already pretty well served by the DM.
For those looking for a DAC/amp combo for easy to drive phones, there's plenty of stuff available for half the price that will do a good job. I'm not bagging it, I just think they've fallen between markets with it.