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I vaguely remember reading that the T1's tube is only used by the DAC section and the amp itself is solid-state. Any truth to this?
I sincerely doubt it. There's not enough landscape on this thing for it to include a DAC built out of discrete components, and no reason to design a DAC to use a tube. I'm especially doubtful because it specifies that it uses the TI DSD1793 DAC chip which couldn't use a dual triode tube for any purpose other than to amplify its output which makes it part of the amp.
They don't really teach you how to work with tubes in EE programs these days, so I could just be unfamiliar enough with how a triode tube operates to come up with something though.
Yes correct. It's very similar to how Peachtree used to build their DACs.
The tube used in the T1 acts as a buffer, it does nothing for gain. You can even run the T1 without a tube. But I still recommend you to use tubes and get different sound out of them, just as an experiment to see what type of sound you enjoy the most!
Yes, the older models, not sure on this one.