RME is a German Pro Audio company that's been around for 20 years. They have been producing top quality audio gear for recording studios and musicians. The DAC is the first product that they have made for the average audio consumer. It has features that you can find in $5000 DAC's and some features that they don't have. Audio Science review has an extensive review of the DAC and the June Pro Audio Magazine Sound on Sound has a nice detailed review. Some of the features include a Steady Clock that reduces jitter to femto-seconds. That measures to one quadrillionth of a second. Most clocks are measured in pico seconds which is one trillionth of a second. The dynamic range is slightly above 120 db. It has It has balanced,RCA , coax, optical and USB connections. There are outputs for headphones and IEM's. What you won't find any DAC's is a 5 band parametric EQ. This allows you to due dual EQ for headphones. Being it is a fact the hearing out of both ears is not the same it allows you for each ear. There are also bass and treble tone adjustments. There is also a mono option. The loudness function is also unique. You can decide how much max gain you want in bass and treble at the lowest volume setting. It adjusts the gain automatically as you raise the volume. You also get a remote. The booklet is about 65 pages and very well written. My local dealer brought this in about 2 weeks ago. He already sold out. He let me take the demo home and the next day I went back and bought one. It's hooked to my Bluesound Node and the improvement in detail, soundstage and dynamics has been significant. Cost is $1099. I'm sure there are some features I forgot. But you don't have to spend $2500-$5000 for a DAC. An excellent product. Check out the RME website to learn more. This product is available at Guitar Center on line.