I received my DCM-1 last Friday. After removing it from the double box packaging I was surprised but pleased how compact it is. Build quality is very good. One thing to note is that the power switch is right next to the IEC inlet. I make my own power cords with aftermarket plugs and when plugging it in the barrel of the plug hid the switch. I had to call Dusty to get that one figured out. Set up was a bit troublesome, mainly due to user error, but the documentation needs to be updated as well. All in all support from Dusty was great and the DCM-1 located my medial player (Minim Server) that sits on my NAS and my files were available to me within a reasonable amount of time.
I have been a longtime Auralic Aries LE user and have watched their UI evolve over that time. Early on it was okay but very quirky and buggy. Today it is quite a bit better. The DCM-1 UI is kind of at the stage that Auralic was at when they first started out,m perhaps a tad ahead. It's adequate but not necessarily pretty. The important thing to note is that it works and Dusty will improve it over time. As early adopters we shouldn't expect anything more at this point.
I use a multi-bit DAC with my Aries, a DAC I have been using since 2007. Unfortunately this DAC does not have a USB input so the DCM-1 as an all in one solution was a leap of faith for me. I have always been leery about single bit Delta/Sigma DAC chips. Yeah I know it's in the implementation but I never heard a Sabre DAC that I liked and the AKM chips are kind of new to me. One thing that sold me though was that on the DCM-1 I have control over whether I want to use native sample and bit rates or to up/over sample. I choose to stay with the native bit rate. The filters are interesting as well and after a little experimentation I have settled on the slow roll off for now. I will keep playing around with this though.
Overall I have been very pleased with the results. I can't say 100% that I like the DAC of the DCM-1 better than my multi-bit DAC, but given the price point and the early adopter special this is the best I could have hoped for. I have been looking for a new streamer solution for quite some time but could never pull the trigger on anything. To be able to get a streamer/DAC combo that punches above it's price point is quite an accomplishment from my perspective.