Excellent review ghostchili. I am surprised this amplifier has a little warmth, I would have expected no colouration from a amplifier like this. "In a perfect world the DAC and Amp should be totally transparent letting you hear the music as it was recorded." With human beings love of colour virtually no manufacturers ever produce DACs/Amps/Headphones devoid of it. I thought the V281 might be an exception to this. I don't know why they don't incorporate a hardware switch for people who don't want distortion.