The ODAC+O2 is a bit pricey for me, I'm trying to spend around $200-225.
This is where I saw that it cuts out the first .7 seconds of audio.
In the review posted by Headfonia (http://www.headfonia.com/schitty-magni-and-modi/2/) They said "The Thorson Combo is a real win in my book. I think most audio enthusiasts will go bananas for this setup. Unfortunately, I have already technically owned the Schiit Combo for some time. The Aune T1 DAC/amp sounds almost identically the same but due to tube customization and it being both a DAC and a very good amplifier all by itself, I am going to say the Schiit combo is a step or two behind the Aune in quality. I think the T1 offers more."
I'm pretty much stuck deciding between the T1 and Schiit.
From my point of view Schiit seems to have better customer service, (which is important to me, I tend to be unlucky and have things fail me) I emailed them at 1AM in the morning and got a reply just a few hours later on a Sunday (they say they usually don't email back on weekends!) whereas I couldn't even find Aune's email.
Is there a big difference with the tube amp vs the Schiit stack?