So it arrived today, courtesy of the USPS' rather speedy delivery. It's surprisingly small in reality, I've added a couple of comparison shots. I'm using the matching id100 dock as well since I specifically wanted a compact solution.
From the side: (No other close-ups since the ones in the first post are plenty detailed.)
Not much else yet... It works as expected. I'm preferably using the optical IO with a glass TOSLINK cable (nothing too fancy) and everything sounds OK, it switches sampling rates quietly & quickly (with the iPod Classic, that pretty much means between 16/44.1 and 24/48 max., which frankly is plenty good for my ears with my gear...) I'll hook my Macbook later to try higher quality tracks (I have a couple of 192kHz ones and a few 96kHz ones) and if somebody can point me towards a free 176.4 sample track, I'll gladly give it go and see what happens, incl. running it through the TubeMagic D2 and/or the Bifrost.
If I find time this weekend I'll try to hook up my 4 RCA input switch to the Valhalla and finally satisfy my curiosity as to whether I can even hear the difference between DACs... if not it's OK, they'll still serve me well since once I finally get my other amp I'll have the two listening stations I was planning for. The D2 was a bit of an experiment as an affordable Tube DAC but I have to say I have grown quite fond of it.
And like the DacMagic 100 (and the id100 dock), it is switchable between 110v & 220v, a big plus for an expat moving back at some point (and a bit of a bummer regarding the Bifrost... but I guess it is more "pure" and more affordable to be only single voltage)
UPDATE: Speaking of plugs, adapters etc.: the instructions for anything are limited to a quickstart guide, and a reference to go to their website for the actual up-to-date user guide... but there isn't anything there for the DacMagic 100 other than the initial press release
Edited by TheGrumpyOldMan - 2/25/12 at 9:33pm