SS are not dry/sterile. Listen to a Violectric V200 or a Burson and tell me it is dry.
The tube in the T1 as everyone knows is a buffer, thus having no gain. So you are adding 2 amplification devices (dual triodes) , implemented in a way that they add 0 gain. As far as fidelity is concerned, those added parts can only add distortion and/or deteriorate the original signal. Compare this to a tube amp / preamp, where the tube is an essential part of the circuit, providing gain to the signal, thus being a key part of the design.
That's just my take on it, I might be wrong. But that's not the say the Aune T1 is a bad unit, it's just that some design elements are questionable.
That is exactly what I've been asking. It is mostly a gimmick imo. (P.S: Not all gimmicks are bad)
However I'm finding it hard to trust my ears. If it's worth anything, the amp section of the T1 and the Schiit Vali are almost 90% the same to my ears. Need to carefully compare them in order to draw a conclusion though