Originally Posted by Levaix
Since I've been using an external amp, I just recently upgraded from the Aune T1 to a Mousai MSD192 DAC, and I couldn't be more happy with it. If you can pick one up for under $300, it's well worth the price jump (I'd argue it's still worth it at full retail, just a bit harder to swallow). If you want to spend less, ODAC seems like a good option. Can't really comment on much else as I've mostly heard what I own and some other high end stuff.
I've been using my Aune T1 MK2 for a little longer than half a year and I've been very happy with it (despite „only“ using an Electro Harmonix Gold Pin 6922). I've been tempted to try out the famous Amperex but never found one that I wanted to afford.
Well, anyway, the Aune got me hooked on the tube sound. That's why I decided to buy a tube amp as a Christmas present for myself. I bought a Cayin mt 35 mk2 amp with a headphone out and until I get my hands on my bookshelf speakers I'm listening to my music with the Aune T1 connected to the amp. I also connected the new amp to my old DVD Player (Pioneer 757ai, SACD) just to have another source.
I love it already. I have to say that the first minutes I was a bit underwhelmed (maybe I didn't wait long enough to let the tubes fully heat up) but with every song the sound was getting better and better and now I am listening to my collection all day already...with a big smile.
I am excited about how my speakers will work with the tube amp but first I have to drive to France to get them.