Open Box, brand new. Beautiful warm glow of the tubes and has a gorgeous wooden casing around amplifier.
The Fosgate Signature pulls the listener into the music with a natural, engaging sound overall, with generally good detail and nuance, and a midband that is just gorgeous. This isn't due to any overt coloration—music sounds natural and dynamic (provided efficient headphones are used). The presentation is smooth and silky, but also very wideband and natural sounding. This is NOT an amp I would describe as being "tubey" sounding. It's highly transparent, and essentially neutral, with perhaps just a wee bit of overall warmth. For this listener at least, that's about ideal.
The Fosgate signature is a very good looking headphone amplifier, with a lot of very nice features, that also sounds terrific. It is not a good match for power hungry planar headphones, but for high-efficiency headphones of a very high quality, the Fosgate Signature is a good example of how you can create a headphone listening experience that will rival ultra-expensive speaker-based stereos in many ways.