I'm looking at some entry-level hybrid tube amps. I'm looking at the hybrids because of the current at low impedences...all of my headphones are 32-55Ohm (XB700, SR225i, US PRO650). I may scale up the headphone impedence ladder later, but if I do I'll look into higher-level amps at that time, unless someone can provide more info on a full-tube setup that can deliver decently for the low impedence phones that I have now.
Right now, I'm looking at the LittleDot I+, Qinpu Q2, and Hifiman HF-2 (I think that's what it's called). I don't need the DAC portion as I've got a HotAudio EXTASY on the way. I might upgrade that later to a desktop piece, but hopefully it'll do for now.
I like the LittleDot for its expandability, the fact that there's a HUGE tube rolling thread on here, and it's price--though all of these are in the $100-$150 shipped range. I *don't* like the fact that it's shipping from China...right now I'm in Afghanistan, and its taken over 2 weeks for my HotAudio DAC to ship from Canada; I shudder to think how long it would take a tube amp to get here from China!
The Qinpu I can get on Amazon shipped from the states for $99. It's only got a single tube, though, and I haven't been able to find much info on it. Amazon reviews seem to be pretty good.
The Hifiman seems to have mixed reviews, and I don't like the fact that I have to pay for a DAC that I don't need. Plus, the sound from the DAC doesn't go through the tubes if I read that correctly, and that's more than a little annoying...If I'm wrong about that, it could actually be pretty sweet if the DAC sounds decent, cuz I want one setup for my work PC and one for the laptop in my hooch.
Anyway, any info you guys can give me at all to help me make this purchase decision would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have experience with the Q2. Or if you think the LDI+ is worth what will probably be close to a month's wait. :/