Pros: great price, nice full bass, excellent pairing with the Q701,
Cons: tube ringing when plugging in headphones.
Very few times in this hobby have I run across a piece of gear that's turned me into a rabid raving lunatic fan boy.
The Vali is a nondescript no frills entry level tube amp weighing in at a lowly 119.00 bones. Whats special about this little amp is the phrase "entry level" is deceiving when you take into account what its capable of. Compared to far pricier amps the Vali may lack fineness but in still exudes tons of control and detail over the gear it drives. So much so I have no qualms saying that its the titan amongst other amps of its price bracket and in many ways a predator capable of embarrassing some gear out there that's two or three times its MSRP.
You don't believe me? Watch my video review below and then go order yourself one and decide for yourself. Considering its MSRP the risk is quite minimal. Be warned, since I've owned the Vali many of the other amps I own have since started to collect dust leaving me to wonder why the heck I ever wasted my time and money on them.
Well done Schiit Audio. Fingers crossed your upcoming flagship gear will blow people away like the lowly Vali has.