Well...the cat is out of the bag!!
So what is the Vali? It is their new TOTL hybrid amp which was kept secret for past nine months of development? It may as well be. It is in fact a tiny little hybrid, running miniature triodes tube for the gain stage and a solid-state output stage (I presume similar to the Magni's). How does it sound?
Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Holy Schiit fantastic. This is tubes done right. We are talking about expansive soundstage, tube clarity, tube microdynamics, tube microdetail, tube dynamics and slam. (Yes, all the things which folks who haven't heard good tube amps don't think tubes sound like.) The first time I heard this, I almost pee'd in my pants. An amp this cheap shouldn't sound this good.
The initial review is that it's "the best amp under $1650.00!!!" from another old member I really trust. The best thing is...it's only $120.00!!!!
It's definitely nice to see a company push the envelope in terms of performance AND price. Hat's off the people at Schiit. This is definitely going on my list of
"New Things To Try"!
Anyone else have any impressions or demo units?!
Edited by LFF - 10/9/13 at 1:17pm