It will all come down to how good (or bad) the DTC-9.8 sounds. Having excellent DACs and a good strategy for multiple discrete power supplies bodes well in this regard. As long as they didn't hose the output stage with bargain basement electrolytics and op-amps, it should sound at least as good as its predessor, which wasn't bad.
One thing is for certain, bugs will present themselves. As Gary said just above, his Theta Casablanca had its share. Halcro owners are waiting for almost a year for an upgrade to pass multi channel LPCM over HDMI (thats not even even v1.3) for their $10K processor. And the upgrade alone costs more than the street price of a DTC-9.8!
IF the Integra passes muster with regard to sound quality two things are certain to occur: the backorder problem with Anthem D2's will suddenly be resolved and the gross value of Audiogon pre-pro resales will drop precipitouslly as owners of megabuck pre-pros jam the exits.
In the end, equilibrium will be found among sound quality, ability to tolerate the inevitable bugs, and accounting skills.
A "fine" is a tax for doing wrong. A "tax" is a fine for doing well.