Originally Posted by wje
Do you listen to a lot of female vocals? How are their voices on the tubes, if you do? Tubes vs. solid state is just an opinion. Others have used the Aune, too. RMac comes to mind. He tried the Schiit Magni / Modi combination, but felt that signature was a bit bright at the top end, and the Aune solved the issue for him. In the end, all that matters is that you enjoy what you hear.
Well, I listen to plenty of female vocals, they sound warm and vibrant, yet still crisp, something I do enjoy. Before that I used Xonar Essence STX, which combined with HE-400 ended up with a really bright and cold sound, somewhat fatiguing and unpleasant.