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At lower volumes with a high-impedance headphone this amplifier shines. Once I replaced the stock tubes with a Winged C 6H13C and RCA Black Plate 6SN7 this amp really sung and demonstrates its superiority in tonality over my Little Dot MkII (which has upgraded tubes as well). However, finding the correct tube combinations on this amp is a challenge as it can hum, especially as you go past 12 O'clock on the dial. Overall I find the Little Dot MkII a more versatile amp that is much less finicky, though it is lacking the beautiful midrange of the DV. For the best bass impact and treble micro-detail a solid-state amp in the same price range may be preferred, but it probably won't have such a liquid midrange.