I ordered a silver one and was curious what other owners think of theirs and how this Dac stacks up to others. The DacMagic at $400 seems like a terrific value although I'm sure it's not the end all in Dacs. Supposedly the March 2009 issue of Stereophile has a review and recommended settings but I can't seem to get my hands on a copy. This is my first external Dac and my goal is for it to sound better than my current CD player and Dac in my pre. If it does I'll be happy for now. While there are several other Dacs available in the $1K range the one that looks the most appealing to me is the Benchmark Dac1. But at three times the price with USB I decided to start with the DacMagic. I wonder how long it will be until someone is offering mods for the DacMagic. Anyway here's what I'm doing with mine. Source: From iTunes on a PC via Ethernet to an Apple TV using ALAC files. Comparison: I'm currently using the internal Dac in my Denon DVD-2900 which is used for CD and SACD playback. I'm running my ATV through the Dac in my Denon DAP-2500A with good results but I'm sure the 20 year old Dac technology can be improved upon. I will use the optical output from my ATV and Coax output from my DVD-2900. Review: Will post when I receive it. Have any of you noticed sound quality improvement after hours of use? Modifications/Upgrades: Please post any modifications or upgrades that can be done to improve the sound quality. Compared to a $1,200 Benchmark Dac1 there's plenty of money available for upgrades.