I bought my DF from the local Audioquest dealer (Stereo Unlimited) here in San Diego back in September and I couldn't be much happier. I even accidentally bent it slightly (now I use the Belkin flexible adapter), but it has performed flawlessly for me. No issues whatsoever.
So, the string pouch units are Version 1? Mine has this kind of pouch.
According to the Stereophile review, the first version clips at 100% volume. Mine doesn't.
Edited by crooner - 1/30/13 at 7:49pm