I had one 15 years ago. My sense is you can do better today, but it is built like a tank, with plenty of room inside to upgrade with better parts.
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I also was a dealer for them in the early 90s , had one and liked it. At a good price there would be no reason not to get one. The obsession with the very latest thing means that very good used equipment is out there at favorable prices. I was not as favorably impressed by the DR-9 amp, thought it was too dark.
I used to use the DR6/DR9 combo as I felt it was a touch better than my friend's DR5/DR8.
But, you definitely can't go wrong with the DR5 (at it's current going rate) as it is still a good preamp as compared to today's top preamps - not as transparent and detailed as current preamps
It also has a great onboard phono stage which I have used (in the DR6) for many many years before I got a standalone phono amp.
In fact, I still have my DR6/DR9 combo (lying around dormant) as they are - haha - that much hard to let go