Proud and super happy owner of a very quiet Audio GD
Agree'd, a portable Schiit Vali would be pretty awesome, ofc how do you manage the heat and provide it with enough power... either way their is a rather nifty chinnese portable... some Squared like the Analog Squared? Either way, anything portable from these guys would be very cool
They've already said why not, that's why I'm wondering why people keep asking, but your point is totally fair that people should be able to ask for what they want. They've said the thing that is hard is designing the equipment to operate in the same box. There are special considerations to eliminate the digital noise in the analog equipment. Isn't this why we're all buying external DACs anyway? Because the ones in our computers are crap and operating with a ton of different digital noise and a switching power supply? I understand that Woo, Audio-GD and tons of other companies have made outstanding DAC/amp combos, but Schiit doesn't have the same design philosophy as them. You can't take a piece of equipment that was designed to operate by itself and just stick it in the amp housing, the design would need to be changed to withstand the digital noise you just introduced into that box.
We don't know what the chances are of upgrades. It depends on what other kinds of technology Schiit comes out with. The analog section could change to different kinds, which it already has with what they learned with Mjolnir, the USB card could add more functionality and compatibility, USB standards may change, any number of things that we don't know anything about might happen.
As far as the "elegance" argument, I was just trying to understand where people are coming from with that. It's not something that ever even crossed my mind. I think the two Schiit stacks that I own are gorgeous, but yes, my bias is pretty obvious, as I have drank from the Schiit Kool-Aid fountain, and it was good. Damn them marketing tricks.
I wonder though, if they will, they have cleary stated they do not want to, but well if your remember Mike was not fond of USB... there may come a need or rather desire for Schiit to get into the Combo market, combo Dac Amp Portables are a huge market right now for LapTop users and some phone users
Still What I like about my hm801 is it has a rather modular amp board inside of it, which makes me wonder, what are the possibilities of making some kind of Modular unit ofc though are the costs of doing that though... still it's Schiit, I had the Vali, I loved it, a bit to noisy with my own headphones all 32 ohm dynamics, but it sounded truthfully pretty wonderfull with my 600 ohm DT 880! I was well I drank some Schiit Kool Aid and I was also impressed
Still I'm always a fan of made in America So I would again Love to see what they can do