Yep, class A amps run very warm. My Asgard gets nice and toasty, but it's not the hottest amp I've ever used. I think the Asgard heat is greatly misunderstood. Since it is relatively inexpensive, it may likely be the first dedicated desktop amp people may buy. If they're coming from the world of iPods and computer audio, the heat of the Asgard may be startling at first. This is why Schiit probably went overboard to mention the heat. But, it's normal. I've certainly felt hotter.