https://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1 Many eons ago, there was this guy named Doug Self who loved distortion measurements. He was the original measurebator and objectivist. Fast forward to around 2010, and this dude NwAvGuy happens to unearth's Doug Self's tomb. Inspired by Self's writings and religious philosophy, NwAvGuy goes off on a crazy insane rant on the dangers of high-end audio in an Internet blog, complete with clip art pictures of wine, sports cars, the Edison phonograph, for use in lame analogies. Douglas Self's objectivism was now back in vogue, at least for a few years; but then everybody seemed to suddenly forget about it and returned to their old ways of buying amps with 0.01% distortion instead of 0.0003% distortion. The horror, the horror! Then about last year, or two years ago, ASR came online, and the cycle repeated - the third coming. I think by now toward the end of 2019, heading into 2020, the neo-objectivist trend is waning again, like all other times before it since the 70s. The view that almost perfectly (or as close to perfect with today's technology) measuring amps equates to full transparency and highest performance is an anathema to SBAF. I don't think that most SBAF members think 0.0003% amps suck, but it would seem that most experienced members gravitate toward amps that run more in open loop rather than closed loop. Heck, even audio God Nelson Pass believes such nonsense! There's a school of thought that open loop sounds better, more immediate, more real, despite not having distortion measurements so good that only TOTL modern instrumentation can detect. SBAF members here have performed various sighted, blind, double blind tests to determine for themselves what they like. Ultimately, it's our ears, not AP-555s that decide. What I liked about NwAvGuy is that he was for stuff that not only measured great, but that could be done with a bargain barrel approach. This was the best aspect of NwAvGuy - he wasn't all evil. Note that in 2019, there's plenty of great stuff out there that measures extremely well (e.g., Drop THX AAA 789, Schiit Jotenheim, and lately Neurochrome HP-2). But all these lack NwAvGuy's refreshing approach in that it can and should be on the super cheap. Regardless of how I feel about the limitations (from a subjective point of view) of these kinds of amps, one particular MoT did approach me on reviewing this "objectivist" amp. It's technically still under press embargo until next week, so I cannot reveal much about it. However, the MoT did give me permission to share any measurement results.