For sale this Audio Note Dac 4 Signature from 2003.
It was a very expensive high-end gear, which doubled the price of the AN Dac 4, with better components.
It's a level 4, capacitors coupled, tube dac: inside a plenty of Black Gates, tantalum resistors, silver transformers/wiring and a pair of big AN silver caps to the outputs.
Chassis and cover are made of (heavy!) solid copper.
Sound is really shocking, full of energy in the bass region, very detailed with hallucinogenic soundscape.
In my audiophile experience with almost all the AN UK Dacs range (from 1 to 5 Special, from different eras), I found the older capacitor coupled AN Dacs more energic and sometime more impressive compared to the newer ones, transformer coupled (the last being for sure more refined and with better tonal balance).
Beautiful metallic silver frontface, rarely seen on older AN UK Dacs (very similar to the AN Japan M7 preamplifier, funny!).
Native Dac 4 Signature, not kit or upgrade.
Perfect working order, frontface almost perfect, some signs on the top cover: I rated 7 this unit (it is 13 years old after all...) but the overall cosmetic conditions are very good for the age.
On board a pair of Mullard E182CC output tubes and a RCA 6x5 rectifier.
The unit has been opened, inspected and cleared from dust: rca solid silver contacts have been deoxyzed.
The dac comes with original box and manual: it will be double boxed for super safe shipping.
I prefer to ship to the EU zone but I will consider requests from worldwide: local pick up is also welcome, the unit is located in Teramo, in the middle of Italy.
Price is 4.500 Euro. PayPal please add 5%. No trades thanks.