Stereophile Class A+ as well as Absolute Sound Product of the Year.
Widely regarded as one of the best DACs currently available. Read the reviews. Latest software upgrade (Torreys). Comes with remote control, and original box. DAC has less than 500 hours use, barely broken in. Works perfectly. Please add 3% if you intend to use Paypal - that makes the BuyItNow total $3500, plus shipping. I also accept certified bank checks and local pickup with cash. This from the Absolute Sound review:
I had wondered if the additional information the DirectStream DAC claims to retrieve from a digital recording would be easy to hear, or would be subtle low-level information that I’d have to strain to discern. Well, the answer was: both. The first thing I noticed about the DirectStream DAC’s sonic characteristics was its ability to capture a sense of space. Even recordings that had seemed a bit flat had some air around them, and those with already well-defined soundstages had those soundstages more precisely defined, with more information about the recording venue.
The DirectStream DAC also captured more mechanical detail, more information about the physical process of playing back music. That includes a variety of things, for example, the noises a guitar makes when it’s playing music. And I could hear more clearly how a vocalist articulated words and phrases. In addition to the physical details, the DirecStream DAC captured a ton of harmonic detail that made instruments and voices seem more realistic, instead of cardboard imitations of instruments. If the recording contained lots of harmonic details, I could hear those reproduced in accurate proportions. Indeed, after the DAC was broken in, I’d describe its sound as sweet and relaxed, so there’s no need to worry that you’ll hear unpleasant threadbare sound. But wait, there’s more: The DirectStream DAC also captured lots of information about dynamic contrasts—both macrodynamic and microdynamic. Finally, if the recording permitted, the DirectStream DAC put all the musical information into context, so it was easy to hear how the all those parameters— detail, harmonics, dynamics, and space—related to each other to portray a coherent musical event. It didn’t just tell you how a violin sounded; it also told you how it sounded relative to the rest of the orchestra. The DAC was able to organize the information it retrieved to make its presentation more like a musical performance.