An outstanding headphone amplifier and DAC — used as preamp/linestage it makes for a great desktop or home system. This model was best used via USB, which supports up to 24-bit 192 kHz files. The headphone amplifier works really well and includes a cross-feed circuit (can be disabled via menu). Excellent entry-level product for building up a line-level system. Also included is an Audioquest Coffee USB A-B mini 1.5 m cable that uses the 72 V DBS system — sounds wonderful with this unit! Also includes remote control.
A few notes about this particular item:
- balanced output requires connection is via 6.35 mm TRS jacks on the unit (not traditional XLR)
- the USB input is via the “mini B” type connector (that’s why the AQ cable is included)
- not sure how the optical input sounds — never used it
- unbalanced headphones only
Included: generic 15 A IEC power cord, free USPS domestic shipping, owner’s manual (PDF via email on purchase), USB A-B mini w/ fresh DBS battery pack, original footers (not pictured)
Not Included: original packaging, remote control 9 V battery, interconnects