I'd be interested to see what Keith says about longevity. I believe the DC-1 always "stays on" to some extent when you leave it in stand-by mode, and the only way to turn it off is by turning the physical power switch in the back.
I'm not worried that @KG Jag won't get his money back. It's just disappointing someone in the audio community is doing this. We're usually a pretty honest bunch but seems in the last year or so some scoundrels have sneaked into the ranks.