This is the best sounding digital source I've owned to date. I’m only listing it as I'd like an Audio Research DAC that will match the rest of system. As you can see from the photos the DAC is in excellent condition, but I've rated it a 7 per guidelines as there are some light marks on the front face edge if you look really hard. In person it looks perfect unless you really try to find the flaws.
This is labelled as a model “Gen 4, Level 3.8” on the back, which means it’s really a Level 4 in a slightly lighter case with upgraded tubes (output and rectifier). I’ve pasted an email below which was sent by Lampizator to the previous owner which explains the model. Spec wise this unit does 24 bit / 192 kHz, and it does NOT have the optional DSD board. It has AES (balanced), COAX, and USB inputs. For output It uses a pair of ECC88 (6922) output tubes, and it is equipped with very sought after Philips ECC88 SQ (Special Quality) old stock tubes. For rectification an AZ31 NOS Mullard tube is used.
The build date is June 2013.
The price is in US dollars. I'm happy to accept Canadian dollars with the current exchange rate.
Will ship safely in original double box via Fedex or Canada / US Post. Shipping costs are the buyer's responsibility, and should be between $50 and $100 depending on the buyer's location, local pickup is welcome.
There was a short period of time when Lukasz' supplier fell behind on providing him INOX chassis and had to use his Level 3 chassis for his Level 4 and two box 5 DACs. The chassis for Level 3 is 2 x thicker then the basic and powder coated in light grey. For Level 4 and 5 it is a 3 x thicker, brushed INOX steel. This does not make a difference in sound quality and we're talking millimeters.
The guts are basically equivalent to a stock Level 4, except for the rectifier which he upgraded in these DACs to make special. Instead of a 6x5 or 5Y3 rectifier tube, Lukasz used his favorite: the outstanding Mullard AZ31.
You are still talking about the looks and sound quality of a Level 4 and if Lukasz were not a man of integrity, he could have made the substitution without informing people and no one would know the difference.