I will say that Purrin's claims here are suspect IMO with no disrespect intended at all. Vali better than the lyr, mojo... Competes with amps at 10x the cost...
Maybe that the answer is simple. The claims are true for him. He enjoys the dac just as much as he says, which is certainly true. But, does it mean that the vali is better than the lyr, mojo and competes with $1k amps for a majority of others? My guess is not likely.
I'll certainly report my findings this week.
He hasn't said the Vali is outright better. He says he prefers it to those amps, and gives examples of what it does better and what the other amps do better. Not sure why people are so up at arms about him stating his preferences. Some other posters have corroborated what he posted and some have posted opposing views.
The crazy thing is that the people who haven't heard the Vali yet are the ones calling him a fraud.