I am thinking along the same lines, even though it means waiting a little longer to get the cash together...
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Quite a spender are you, eh!? My review is done, just under the final knife. To be fair and honest and final, the National is not an amp to be toyed with. It is an amp that is well engineered. It works great for IEMs, for headphones, has great balance, very good signal quality, wonderful layout - there is nothing to dislike at its pricepoint, and much to envy at higher price points. I'm sure you can guess the outcome. I'd not go anywhere else at a similar price.
Thank you Expat. I'm more in love with the National than I am the review. I've got another amp on my desk now that is said to perform higher than its price point suggests, but when both are powered with fully charged batteries, The National has a LOT more clean power at 95-100% volume with ES10 and DT880 600Ω. Again, surprised. At the price, there isn't a lot of compelling competition.
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It's really unfair if you compare The National directly with The Continental V2.
First of all, The Continental V2 is a portable tube amp, this makes it special in its own way due to the special sound signature of tube amps. Please keep in mind that The National is a Solid State amp, so it definitely has some of its cut-backs.
Second of all, The Continental V2's nature as a tube amp makes it very very vulnerable to accidental drops or damages. I'm not saying that users are going to break amps intentionally, but The National, as a Solid State amp, is definitely more enduring than The Continental V2.
Lastly, The Continental V2 heats up pretty quickly, whereas The National's warmth is in no comparison with the burning heat of The Continental V2.
You can say that The Continental V2 is "more special" than The National. Or you can say "you think" The Continental V2's sound is better than The National. But in many aspects, The National is a good descendent of the ALO classic amp.
Very good observations. The National does get warm though, but it packs a LOT of battery and uses it up quickly (hence the power). It doesn't sound like a valve amp, but it in some ways mimics one. Best 300$ for an all-in-one amp I've seen.