That sucks. Even though I think the original price for it was low compared to offerings from established industry competitors. When you think of balanced amps out there, there's very few which for the amp alone are below 2000 USD. Add on a balanced DAC which will normally exceed 1000 USD and the HDVD800 would seem cheap.
I've thought about getting one of these since their announcement last year. Had no idea the wait would be this long. Started to think about the Bryston bha-1 recently and a separate balanced DAC. If I buy one of the cheaper balanced DACs, the prices will almost match up.
Why are people dumping on the quality of components on this thing? Its not like anyone has opened it to actually see what components they use. Also fairly many high-end devices don't employ the very best components either and still charge equally high prices.