The C-3a Signature DAC is by any accounts, an amazing DAC. We had it go head to head with the dCS Debussy and Esoteric D-03 DACs and it kept pace with the other two brands. It had a very tight, authoritative take on music. You get this sense of eagerness and confidence in the way it processes the digital signal coming in. It may not match the clinical precision of the Esoteric or the fluidity of the dCS but it was extremely musical all the same. Music was rich with every nuances captured and reproduced in a very easy demeanor. This may be why it was easy to get lost and become captivated by it. If you take a peek in the inside, you can see that this is a well thought out and very well engineered DAC. Truly awesome stuff and loses only to the other two brands in terms of curb appeal. This is a good thing to the right audiophile who will enjoy a high standard of sound without breaking the bank.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very good shape. Just minor scuff marks common with use but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping.