Indeed, still I wonder how the Vali is going to impact the market that amps like the Project Ember had... granted the vali lacks the optional sound, and tube rolling but for a third of the price and equal the quality and detail retention... it's again a great amp! And I own one :D
and technically, I paid $300 for a Dac and $300 for a Solid State :D so for $600 I got two awesome units! That happen to be in one Metal Case! Lucky me
Lucky you indeed!
I'm waiting for my Vali for review (gonna bug Jason @SchiitHappens (it that their handle here? I forget) -
and I'm gonna buy that damn thing - and for that price, I couldn't look at myself in the mirror if I asked
for an accommodation industry price!! LOL
Yeah I couldn't believe the musicality of that lil beauty (the Vali), especially driving my LCD-3s!!
I was thinking, these units aren't new, but a favorite of mine, and Jude's too, if StyleAudio is still
making the CAROT or the CAROT-TOPAZ amp/DACs that would also be great option. The CAROT TOPAZ
(which I lent my buddy @warrenpchi, and he likes it too) was one of my favorite little USB/toslink DAC/Hphone amp
combos for awhile!
The CEntrance DACport LX is also a great option if you only need a USB DAC.
It's got the same DAC as the DACport (w/ one of the lowest jitter measurements John Atkinson at Stereophile ever
Hell I used the CAROT TOPAZ ahead of my E.A.R HP4 for awhile earlier this year!! Think of that price mismatch!
But they worked beautifully together - I loved that combo