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I have both Schiit Vali2 and XDuoo MT-602. Not a scientific review but I am sure people would wondering how these two compares.
* 2 gain stages. Easier to match IEMs
* larger, easiest to find, cheaper tube. No need to match it.
* warmer, more realistic, wider sound stage
* better performance as a preamp
* glowing orange light is brighter, prettier
* no pop sound when turns on or off
* much better circuit design
* much better linear power supply
* more clarity
* more expensive
* not as good volume knob
* two tubes? (Some people probably care more?)
* its V curve. Boost more on treble and bass
* a bit sharper
* 2 sizes of headphone output
* great, huge volume knob
* only $99 save nearly $50
* crappy power supply. Clearly not as good, less power output too!
* Lacks of clarity than Vali2. Sounds more digital, let mid-low frequencies somewhat muddy.
* anything from your finger nail tapping or wire goes through the metal box, it creates echo from the tubes you can hear the “ring” sound. Especially you are not turning it on. Vali2 has no such issue
* Crappy as a preamp. Nearly doesn’t add much to sound quality
* only 1 gain stage! Use IEMs would be too loud. Need to tam down the volume from the source
for the compact size and price I would highly recommend people to get it. However if you have Vali2 then you don’t need to stop wondering. It’s not better.
tested with class d power amp and nice speakers. Headphones from Shure, dre iem to Sony, audio technica