Now that I think about it, dark and bright are the wrong words for my Schiit experience. I think I meant to say is that I find their amps mellow and I find their DACs edgy. But I think tonality wise they're probably neutral. For some reason I find the treble attack of their DACs a little rough, like the leading edges are sharp on my ears. I find the amps to be a little mellow, I don't mean slanted toward the bass or anything because they're probably close to neutral; but I find them overly analog, like they're doing SUPER analog--too much of a good thing IMO and sound "mellow." Also with the Lyr I had really depends on the tubes. I think I'm talking more about the stock GE tubes on the Lyr and the Magni, When I had the 60s Telefunkens in the Lyr it was much nicer, but still thought it was tad mellow. Same with Magni.
The Emotiva strikes a good balance between being too analog and too digital sounding, and the tonality is dead neutral to me. It sounds explosive and open yet the leading edges of attack don't hurt my ears and are smoother. This may be the Concero at work though. It's more of a sound signature I prefer I guess. Hard to explain but doing my best to put into words. The Concero + Emotiva combo has me much more satisfied than the Bifrost/Lyr combo for planars.
But yeah this is the wrong thread, but just wanted to answer because I was asked. Sorry hard to explain and this is just opinion and probably not something people would agree with. Schiits great though, definitely love what those guys are trying to accomplish. It's just that I'm very smitten with the Emotiva.
Oh btw. Sex > Emotiva.
But not sure about S.E.X.
Obviously Sex after Emotiva or before is probably ideal...
Edited by M-13 - 9/15/13 at 1:00am