As to Nordost (the name translates to NorthEast) it's a long-established company in New England. No relation to Schiit which is here in the Peoples' Republic of California.
I just noticed on my Mjolnir that all the Phillips head screws on the jacks are precisely lined up like two rows of little Xes. Speaks to someone taking pains.
The sound can be "dry." on some recordings, especially if you are used to tube sound. On a few discs I've even felt the sound to be hard or harsh in the mids and up. But on other discs, well, I was listening to ZTT's Art of the 12" Vol. II. FGtH, with the big bass and various percussion, was mightily impressive, full and well-rounded (I mean the sound, of course.) No dryness or sterility there. So I conclude that the amp is extremely transparent to recording and source. Given time, I'll hook up a phono preamp and try pure analog.