I am the original owner of this excellent DAC, purchased from an authorized dealer here in Ontario. It is in mint condition, conservatively rated a 9, with no scratches or any cosmetic issues. It has been used only sparingly at my summer home for only two months of the year, in a smoke/pet/child free environment. So being a 3 year old unit, it's only had use over about 6 months of time (probably about 200-300 hours at most).
Anyone looking at this unit knows it is one of the very best DACs in the world: amazing reviews, including Reviewers Choice from Soundstage, a Blue Moon award from 6 moons, and others.
It specifically performs extremely well directly connected to the power amps. Being a digital-only listener, I sold my previous pre-amps (Rogue Hera, Cary SLP-05 and Classe CP-700) because I found that DAC-direct offered the best sound. The sound quality and volume control implementation on this unit is exceptional. I also like how the volume level defaults upon start up to the prior level when the unit was turned off from the previous listening session.
At just over 40 pounds, this unit is built like a tank. The remote control is high quality and sturdy aluminum as well, not a flimsy, light or plastic piece. I have the original box, remote and manual.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this unit. Please no lowball offers as I am in no rush to sell this great unit. At my asking price, I will consider covering the costs for shipping & insurance. Although I have the original box/packaging, I will pack the unit in an additional/double box for extra protection. Please add 3% for paypal.