Originally Posted by myap2328
It seems like this became a tube rolling thread but I have a question. How does this compare to the o2/Odac and magni/modi?
Not too many pages ago:
Here's few comments about O2/ODAC using the search option:
"I've seen comparisons between e17, m/m, e10, o2/odac & others in this thread, not just tubes -- otoh at this stage in the discussion other than tube comparisons what else sets the aune apart from the other amps at this price point top be honest? I don't say that as if I am hating on the aune or anything, it's beautiful kit and I love mine ... it's just tubes are what sets it apart and not much else."
"See the Headphonia review of the Magni and Modi and the comments bellow it. It directly compares the T1 to the Schiit stack. Just make sure you take it with a grain of salt as usual ;). If you want a made in the USA product and you like the M&M look, go for it. If you want to experiment with tubes, go for the T1. If you want to be able to carry your stuff with your laptop (battery), go the O2 route."
"I feel the same way, it's like with more power the highs get tamed on the dts 600 ohms. They smooth out and just sparkle. fwiw, the t1 outputs the most volts at 10+ db and that's the setting that I compared the t1 amp vs the objective2 stock 2.5x gain. the o2 sounded better overall."
What I've read it seems that T1, O2/ODAC and M/M are not too far away from each other. According to headfonia M/M is pretty similar with T1. O2 is probably more neutral sounding than the T1. What favors the T1 over these other two is the low price and the possibility to fine tune the sound via tube rolling. T1 is a solid state amp with tube buffer, so you are basically adding tubes into the SS system. However, in the buffer stage the tubes do not affect the sound nearly as much as they do in the dedicated tube amps. If you are on budget and don't want separate dac and amp, my recommendations (from personal experiences) are T1 and E17 (or better yet the upcoming E18 which works with android devices and hopefully doesn't have those annoying battery issues). E17 is portable, has built in EQ and sounds slightly bright. T1 on the other hand is mainly for desktop use, has tube buffer and sounds warmer and smoother. I also found the E17 mids to be slightly more forward, but it's been a while since the last time I plugged my E17 in. I've never tested MM or O2ODAC, but I have tested many other amps such as Lehmann Linear and Cambridge audio dacmagic plus. I have to say that T1 holds its own even against some of the more expensive amps. I remember toschek saying that Lyr is not so much better than the T1 (I believe he was talking about 15% increase in performance). For the low price T1 is highly recommended (even for blind buyers). Go for the amp that suits your needs and has the best price over performance ratio.