I have a Little Dot MK VII+. It has both SE and balance outs. Sound characteristic are the same. The difference is the balance side is a bit louder than the SE. Also when every the need arises, the balance out can handle the the grunt. Not that the SE can't but the balance just sound clearer and fuller, more body.
I also ordered a Emotiva Mini X that just arrived today. It sounds better than the Little Dot and the LD is a very capable amp. Very clean too, even when driving the SA5000. Only $169 direct from Emotiva.
Welcome to the club!
Indeed. What LD are you using out of curiosity?
I think the Mini-X is a stellar unit with my Mad Dogs. I'm sure the Alpha will be no different.