Back in the Nineties, $3,250 is a lot of money for a DAC. It would have been close to $6,000 in today’s money and if you look around and see what $6,000 offering out there now that would set the market ablaze with its sonic quality, you could probably pen down quite a few. Unlike now, the Threshold had few competing challengers when it first appeared. It set such a high bar for digital excellence that there were very few competing DACs that rival it and the few that best it cost many thousands more. The Threshold has this sonic “purity” that it took a while for listeners to ascertain where are the “noise” in the audio recording? The background was dark and quiet. Details were portrayed with great precision and clarity. Some users may be unaccustomed to its stark neutrality but paired with a great CD transport, amplification and speakers and you could be setting the stage for a wonderfully clean, well placed musical soundstage. With many current upsampling DACs in the sub $1,000 price range, the Threshold held its own very strongly. It may lose slightly to the greater detail retrieval of the newer machines but the Threshold offered its own natural musicality to it that even in the light of newer technology, it can still sound as good. The power supply is housed in a separate unit to keep electrical interferences away from the sensitive digital/analog boards.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very good shape. Very minor scuff marks from use, nothing major. We have the original box and will securely pack it for safe shipping.