We'll everything is connected, and my first out of the box impression is damn these guys are small. I decided that before I plugged in that I would allow the setup to get warmed up before I sit to listen.
After that initial warm up an hour or so later I plugged the HD700 in, waiting to get that much spoken of ringing, to my surprise there was none, and I mean none, surprise!
The setup is small next to the Asus E1 as you can see in the pic below, I decided to put the little combo side by side to the E1 so I could get a little A/B action. The Vali/Modi combo after an hour plus of listening to my ears on tracks familiar to me are good not great. I think it has more to do with the Modi's DAC than the Vali to be honest.
Once I plug the Vali into the E1 DAC the sound on the Vali was much better MORE open, lots more detail and less congested, and it also added a little more warmth to the treble taming it a tad. I will wait for at least another 100 hours or so before I make and form my final opinion, but if I decided right now I would keep the Vali I think the Vali on its own holds up well next to the E1 at 1/6th the cost and I may end up returning the Modi, well that's all for now.