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Reviews for Vali

On the amp side, the Vali 2 is an obvious big improvement over the original, and the advantages of being able to quickly tube roll can not be overstated.
To sum up, the Schiit Modi/Vali stack easily earns our highest honor. In fact, if I was in the market for a high performing entry level solution, this would be my personal desktop solution of choice. The level of options coupled with its overall performance at this price level is second to none. It is, as they say, the Schiit.

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The Clueless Audiophile
Matthew Partrick

Tube-rolling with the Vali 2 was a fun little experiment, and for audiophiles looking to get into this little micro-addiction this is a very easy place to start.  For $169, you’re not likely to find another similar component built to such exacting standards; one wonders if Schiit runs in the red or is simply a money-laundering front for a Bond film Megalomaniac.  Either way, you win, with inexpensive tubey goodness.

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HiFi in the Low Light

I highly recommend the Schiit Vali 2 to any one new to Hybrid Tube Amps for their high impedance dynamics or Ortho Dynamic headphones, while the entry price is low; this is an amp that will greatly appreciate a tube upgrade! So plan to get your feet wet into the world of TUBES and start rolling!

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Little Big Man
Gary Alan Barker, Headphone Guru

"If you have not heard a proper tube amp, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Vali 2 is incredibly musical, providing a sweet mid range, deep authoritative bass, unrestrained highs, excellent dynamic range and detail, with an exceptionally low noise floor, and the power to drive most headphones without issue. Is their a better tube amp out there, well the Lyr 3 comes to mind, but at three times the price. The Vali 2 is a personal indulgence, a guilty pleasure if you will, I would go so far as to say that if you don’t have a tube amp in your collection, buy a Vali 2, for a $149, how could you go wrong, and you will add a dimension to your music enjoyment hitherto unexplored."

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Schiit Magni 3 & Vali 2 Amps (Solid State vs. Tube-Hybrid): Review & Comparison
Ian Dunmore

"At present, Vali 2 is the easiest tube-hybrid amplifier to recommend that I’m aware of - and delivers sonic results that are surprisingly close to the next rung of units that I could recommend."

"It is not overly “tubey” sounding. Nor is it slow, or overly euphonic, it maintains good impact, renders detail well with good subtlety and does not have a tendency towards rounding things off (something I’ve run into with some other tube-hybrids at this end of the market, and even somewhat higher up the price scale). Instead you get just enough of a hint of “tube flavor” to see how you like it, without having to go the “whole tube hog”, yet still retain the ability to vary that flavor, and the degree of it you realize, with your tube selection(s)."

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