Originally Posted by Questhate
Any reason you're giving up your Lyr?
I've been looking into this lately as well and I've narrowed it down to the Violectric V200 and Audio-GD NFB-10SE. Both will take USB inputs, and have tons of power. The Violectric costs twice as much, but the Audio-GD is twice as ugly. I figure if I'm buying this for the long haul, I might as well enjoy it's looks.
Sold the Lyr off because I'm done with Tubes. I like the sound, but it's not different enough to me and I don't like that tubes sound different from tube to tube (you can mix/match and have channels not sounding right if you screw up, etc). Also, when one tube goes out before another, it's a pain, and you might as well replace both tubes at the same time. I had other tube amps as well. I'm just not into rolling tubes. I simply liked the tube look, tube sound was nice enough but I think I prefer the solid state sound. So looking to go more solid state right now. I'm currently just using an Asgard I picked up to hold me over while I figure it out after having sold the Lyr. So looking at this NFB10SE for $500, that's far and it's a DAC/AMP that outputs a ton of power to low impedance headphones, might fit the bill. I don't mind it being a little ugly, at the cost compared to spending twice as much for a nicer "look." I would prefer it it look nice (I love schiit's design for example). But they unfortunately didn't make a more powerful asgard, which I hope they do.