That's interesting, I did the same thing. The Ember is a terrific amp but I decided to go with the lesser expensive Vali 2 as a way to dabble into a tube amp. However about a year later I went for it and bought the Project Ember. It deposed the V2 and it's been getting shuffled around my various systems. I ended up selling my Magni 2U and slotted the V2 into that system. I couldn't stand that annoying popping sound (the Magni 2U did it as well) so I replaced it with a Jotunheim. Not sure what I'm going to do with the Vali 2, probably sell it at some point.