Well, this was a lot of fun and I'm glad that I participated. There were a half dozen people in the room for an informal blind test of the Vidar, Aegir, and Ragnarok 2. This wasn't a formal blind test with strict controls. This was just for shits and giggles. Level matching was done by very roughly by ear or not at all because of the amps' different gain levels. But this approach is still better than a sighted one. Tony was at the controls changing the cables, adjusting the controls, and playing the tracks. These kinds of small meets are always fun. The speakers used were these moderately priced Salks. Generally, they are very capable of good quality bass because the drivers are too small. And I can bitch about the lack of integration between the metal cones and moderately priced ribbon tweeter. But from the upper bass on up, these speakers are fairly resolving. As we can see below, the amps are covered under a black sheet, with the exception of the Ragnarok 2. Note that we didn't use the planar speaker in the back for this test. I came into this blind test with limited experience with the Vidar (my Vidar is only used as a woofer amp), a lot of experience with the Aegir, and no experience with the Ragnarok 2. I did feel that the lack of bass capability of these speakers did not do the Vidar any favors because they couldn't translate the Vidar's strengths. Tony labeled the amps A, B, and C. My scribbles are below. By the time of the second recording, it was pretty much clear to me which was which. All of them would have sounded good had we never directly compared the gear to each other. I got a chuckle when after the second recording was played through each of the amps, the fellow I was sitting next to said "Fuck A". "Yeah, A sucks ass" I replied, "you better not let Jason know." My notes translate as follows: A: Warm, thick, flat and boring. (First experience was fine, I thought it sounded good, but after comparing to the others, it started to lag behind. B: Deep soundstage placement (is this a Schiit amp?) Lows rich throughout to highs. Tone is dense. Also not written but discussed with others: delicate, subdued mids (or bold lows and structured highs). C: Upfront soundstage placement, but better layering. Mid-centric (compared to the others). Super immediate, emotionally involved, could hear the smoke from Ella Fitzgerald's throat. In the end, Tony tallied the results: 4 votes for C, 1 vote for A, 1 vote for B. B and C were the most consistently the top two. I'll let you guys guess which was which. BTW, I spent most of my time in the other room listening to the RAAL Requisite SR1a. P.S. After you guys guess, please remind me to talk more about B, which was surprising for me.