I wasn't sure whether to buy this DAC but Idecided to take a punt.
When I first plugged this in and switched it on I was dissapointed to the point of returning it, as it must be faulty. That said I had read elsewhere that these ladder dac need time to settle in to your system. With this in mind I left it switched on, with my cd player on repeat but my amp off. After 5 hrs it sounded good, after 20 - 30 hrs it sounds sweet, very, very nice. smooth, detailed and accurate, with some drama thrown in too. I am very pleased with this. I havent tried the headphone amp yet as I don't have any. This has transformed my cd player and I have never heard cd's sound this good on my system.