Alas you are not getting it. And you are just speculating in any case about hypotheticals.Now you are getting it. "If the dac itself was damaged then ok". Which is a distinct possibility, due to undervoltage. Would be best to stop the review there IMO. Looks are purely subjective.
And don’t seem to have a sense of humor either. As in, this dac was junk, but if it was cool looking at least it would be that.this thing is neither beautiful nor funky, cool or ugly. It is meh in the most OEM generic way.
And subjective does not mean arbitrary, btw.