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How do these compare against Bottlehead Crack amp?
The Crack blows them out of the water...
But it's not a fair trial really, since the Crack is DIY.
I think like a lot of things it is up to preference. Somethings of note. Also many of the people who like the Crack are talking about the Crack with the Speedball upgrade . The Crack certainly has a ugly case (IMO) and this one a pretty nice one but again it is preference. The main issue I have found on headfi with this amp is the stock tubes that it comes with are not that great and that it really opens up when you grap one of the MANY tube options.
They are really different sound profiles too. This one is going to produce a warmer sound (From what i have heard on headfi) but the Crack is warm amp to but closer to neutral which again may or may not be your preference.
I don't think you could go wrong with either unless you don't/are capable of building it yourself.
One of the good things about the DV is the massive headroom for tube rolling.
The Crack, eh not so much. Especially if you get the Speedball upgrade, which renders tube rolling pretty much useless...