This is the combo that took USB based DAC to a new high. The dB Labs Tranquility USB DAC that we had previously was an impressive machine but the Opus 5 you see here takes USB sourced music to another level. For $600 more, the Opus 5 combo is considerably much better built. Both the DAC and its optional Opus 501 power supply (a $900 option) are basically milled out from a solid block of aluminum (like the Ayre preamp and poweramps). An within each respective units are top shelf components like TI PCM2706 DAC chipset, nickel-core EI-type transformers, single ended and balanced outputs and linear power supply for the cleanest DC voltage entering the DAC. All these produced a distinctive sound that is even fuller, warmer and more analog sounding than the Tranquility DAC. Its almost as if the sound notes are more “meaty” coming out from your computer. Transparency may be slightly less opulent when compared to the Tranquility DAC but when paired to the Dayens Ampino integrated amp and Epos ES-11 speakers, it was producing music that one could have mistaken as coming from a upper mid-fi audio system.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very good shape. Some very minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Two USB cables are included and unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.