@djones51seems like a bit of a contradiction. You compare a tubed DAC in one post ? Just an observation. And yes the tube would make it sound better.
@kuriboI believe it is in the HT Review interview that Bruno said his goal was a more tube like sound and that was one of the reason people were moving from valves to his Purfi amplifiers. (me I do not hear it with any of the Purfi equipped units I have listened to, may get a VTV with a tube buffer and give it another try)
So valves are still the benchmark. Imitation is the best form of flattery no?
I like the Pharahos II sound but I love the sound of my X200 and my Octave V70 Class A.
No arguments just observation though they maybe subjective.
There is no better, there is only different, when it comes to opinions of taste. Tubes sound better to you, great. They don't sound better to everyone, as proven by @djones51. Our preferences are determined by experience, learning, and the biases we form.