Budget Hybrid Tube Amps Compared - OG Vali 2 vs MT602

In this video I compare a couple of cheaper hybrid tube amps. I’ve got the OG Schiit Vali 2 and the Xduoo Mt602. I figure people will be looking at these options as a first foray into tubes. I think overall, the Vali is probably more for me, just because of the tube rolling possibilities, but the MT602 does have some good features and might have the sound you’re looking for depending on your source gear and your headphones.

Some Gear Mentioned (some links affiliate):
Schiit Vali 2++: https://www.schiit.com/products/vali-3?Finish=559&AC%20Adapter%20Type=510&gclid=Cj0KCQiA_P6dBhD1ARIsAAGI7HAFTGtwel_-6g8TD6sgyuyRJNbFjMqXE2hRVhR4Hyr4rdVQJavWIEoaAusWEALw_wcB
MT602: https://apos.audio/products/xduoo-mt-602-tube-headphone-amp?sca_ref=1011240.yrV7ZdANGH
GE Tubes: https://amzn.to/3IKjRjY
Vokshood Tubes: https://www.ebay.com/itm/275097916863
Genelax Gold Lion E88CC: https://amzn.to/3QwXkZL
Cayin RU6: bit.ly/ayritru6

If you want to see some more amp and dac reviews: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN1Qn6zz1plTQy_-xSV5zsIck56XtS4Y0

That OG Vali 2 Review w/ Specs: https://headphone.guru/schiit-vali-2-tube-hybrid-headphone-amplifier-modi-multibit-dac-little-big-man/

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Look down below for links to all that gear and some other recommendations.

Of course, I always recommend you take a look at the used market, below are some sites that are great for that.

Head-Fi: https://www.head-fi.org/
HifiGuides: https://forum.hifiguides.com/
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/AVexchange/
Hifi-shark: https://www.hifishark.com/
US AudioMart: https://www.usaudiomart.com/

Some of my favorite equipment for various niches (some links are affiliate):

Supre Budget IEM: 7hz Saltones Zero (Linsoul Amazon Store): https://amzn.to/3VrQG8A
Super Budget Headphone: Koss kph40: https://koss.com/products/kph40-utility
Need these pads for the kph40 though: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002971087244.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.250c4c4dEHGLbT
Cheap Gaming Headphone: AD700X: https://amzn.to/3b4ACUS
Super Cheap Closed-Back Gaming: Recon 500: https://amzn.to/3numqem
Cheap All-Around Headphone: SHP9600: https://amzn.to/3b6aUiP

Recommended Solid State: Violectric V280 Final Edition: https://massdrop.7eer.net/4exdO1
Or Schiit Mjolnir Gen :1 (gotta look used)
Singxer SA1: bit.ly/ayritapossingxersa1
Tube Amp: Quicksilver Headphone Amp: http://quicksilveraudio.com/products/headphone-amplifier/
Quicksilver Headphone Amp: http://quicksilveraudio.com/products/headphone-amplifier/
Headphone #1: Drop + Sennheiser HD8xx: https://massdrop.7eer.net/yR60ZD
Headphone #2: ZMF Verite Open: https://shop.zmfheadphones.com/collections/stock-headphones/products/verite
Headphone #3: OG NIghthawks: (look used)
DCA Ether CX: https://bit.ly/dropayritethercx
Gaming Headphone Open: DT900X: https://amzn.to/3VlthVm (keep an eye out for b-stock)
Gaming Headphone Closed: DT700X: https://amzn.to/3FQLe8J (keep an eye out for b-stock)
Budget Bluetooth Portable DAC/Amp: XCan: https://amzn.to/3vJG8WA
Higher End Bluetooth Portable: Gryphon: https://amzn.to/3R214lT
Wired Portable DAC/Amp: Cayin RU6: bit.ly/ayritru6
Cheap Desktop DAC/Amp: Topping DX1: https://bit.ly/aposayritdx1
TWS: Sony XM4: https://amzn.to/3Glr7Py

Hart Audio Cables: https://hartaudiocables.com/
Worlds Best RCA Interconnects: https://amzn.to/3pB2Oa7
Worlds Best XLR Interconnects: https://amzn.to/3vEdwxO
4.4 to XLR Balanced Cable: https://amzn.to/3UxF83G
3.5 to RCA Cable: https://amzn.to/3S0x7CF

Recording Gear:
Panasonic G85: https://amzn.to/3AB3Cjr
Panasonic 14mm: https://amzn.to/3KG2gZ9
Maono XLR: https://amzn.to/3Tt2IOF
Behringer UM2: https://amzn.to/3CO65d2
iPhone 14 Pro (overhead):

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