Getting bored while waiting for my enclosures to come in and my soldering hand is getting itchy for a another project already. I really enjoy building stuff obviously and want to support the DIY scene during this state of the industry. I listed some kits in the poll that i read were popular. I am open to additional suggestions because i don't think i got everything. My entire lineup consists of solid state equipment and frankly i don't know anything about tube amps: topology, brands and types of tubes, biasing, heater circuits, triodes, diodes, pentodes, OTL, etc. So complicated. Solid state's that i'm used to are straight forward, it's either Fairchild, Toshiba, or Linear transistors (FET, BJT, or MOSFET). My very first desktop amp was an entry level tube hybrid, but i gave it away as a gift. I am open to learning and exploring the ropes. My rack has space for one more project and i'll probably sell off something or put it towards the loaner program. I think the DAC1 sounds fine and the analytical sound/brightness doesn't bother me at all. Amps that i am most familiar with Dynalo (the most transparent, neutral and quite sterile), AMB M^3 w/ OPA627's (Extremely warm for my taste, but very pleasant sounding - i think bassheads would appreciate this amp), and the AMB Beta22 is very well balanced overall. Looking for a kit around $1,000 that'll result in something near or actually end game, don't care of it's single ended or balanced as long as it sounds good. I have a few DIY projects under my belt, but never built a tube amp before. Doesn't have to come with an enclosure but complete objective2 style kit is a bonus. I don't plan to roll tubes; i want to find one type that works great enough for general use and stick with it...hopefully nothing rare. Price vs performance is highly regarded. Amp will be used with these dynamic headphones only - HD6x0 and HD800s. No plans for orthos or speakers. The T3 size and form factor looks perfect for my desk at work (approx footprint of M^3 w/ psu). Looks like a build that i can whip out in a few hours between my full time job and changing diapers. Single ended only. Parafeed output transformer topology appears to go against the grain of the OTL FOTM. Gold plated PCB board looks nice. Oil filled Cap upgrades....i thought opamp upgrades were expensive. This is going against everything that i know and i like it. The mainline looks hideous IMO. Balanced output (not fully balanced) + SE outputs. Dedicated headphone amp. Parafeed output transformer topology appears to go against the grain of the OTL FOTM. Stepped attenuator. Point to point wiring eeek. Most expensive option. The S.E.X. looks like the mainline and will run speakers. SE only. Parafeed output transformer topology appears to go against the grain of the FOTM. Point to point wiring eeek. Approx same price as the T3. The Garage1217 variants seem like they might not be on the same level as the other choices. PCB board looks nice. Enclosure and LED looks a little bit fast and furious - i'd rather it look plain jane as possible as to not attract unwanted attention. They appear to be extremely adjustable for many headphones and tubes. My impression from reading about these is that these can get it loud. Do they actually put out quality? Looks like the most inexpensive options on the list.