My advice if you are going to stay with single ended outputs but wanted tubes one consideration is the Schiit Lyr. It is a strong hybrid tube amp using a pair of 6DJ8/6922 and has Maximum Power of 6 watts into 32 ohms or 4 watts into 50 ohms. Like my Little Dot VI+ both are DC coupled at the outputs and both are using DC servos in the circuit. If I wanted all balanced SS amp I would also look into Schiit Mjolnir product which has balanced outs only. All Schiit transformers, boards, casework and assembly are all done in USA with a five year warranty. By the way my Shiit is sitting next to my LD VI+ and both are driven by separate pro audio cards in one computer. Both are also driving separate sets of powered near field audio monitors. My brand new JBL LSR305 monitors has the best performance/price ratio I ever heard in a monitor and their are many I have heard in my lifetime. My Schiit is driving my JBL’s and the LD VI+ is driving my Emotiva Airmotiv 6 in addition to headphones. I have over 30 years of listening and working with audio. I do desktop video editing and music composing with my computer as a DAW (digital audio Workstation). Three keyboards I can use. I have multi OS’s on my computer that I can chose during boot up. It is a feature that is built-in with my motherboard to avoid conflicts and to maximize resources depending on the kind of work I wanted to do at the time. My Schiit and the LD which does have greater depth more of a feeling being in a concert hall but both are champions in their right.
Was that directed at me? I guess I should mention I have a balanced HE 400 and Dt 880 600 ohm, so my w1000x is the last to be balanced out of sheer laziness.
Still I already have an Audio GD 10ES2, and while the Mojinir does (according to impressions) sound a tad bit better than the 10ES2, it cost twice as much so... I'm happy with my current Solid State Balanced Dac/Amp
In addition, I'm going all balanced with everything I have. Again will get the W1000x balanced when I get this amp. seeing as I only use my w1000x on the go, I really need to get a new amp for it, when I do balance it. My poor pb1 is stuck in High Gain, although it sounds very nice with the w1000x and the HE 400, still I might want to grab a RSA F-35 winter and see if I cannot retire the pb1 as it's stuck in high gain, although I do like the upper mid boost of the pb1, still if the F35 is as transparent as they say it is... it should pair very nice with the HM801,
So I'm not sure If I want to get this in the winter of the spring... as either way, I'll have to go without my w1000x for a month or so q.q
but yea I don't want any SE amps at home, or portable for that matter