I prefer balance and a little bit warm sound. I never use tubes. But it is said tube is better. I may have priority on tube, but definitely would like to consider ss.
I see some people think Lahmann is not good at all. Seems some people recommand: Little Dot MK III, O2ODAC, Vali, or some types of Schiit.
I don't think my budget can be more than $1000. But I like budgeted staff. If no much improvement, I prefer few hundreds staff.