If you like vintage equipment it's probably a good deal but a $99 Schiit Modi 3 help your streaming sound better.
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I have no interest in vintage equipment, it's just that this fell in my lap an for $175. I have a friend who is a "picker". He bought a bunch of stuff out of a house that included a Carver Pre-Amp, amp and this DAC. In circa 1986, the DAC retailed for in and around $1,500. I don't know anything about DACs, but what I read, Sony went above and beyond building this unit. Maybe that's what you mean by "warhorse".
I think I'm gonna give it a go and roll the dice on it! Could be fun!