They are designed by REAL audio engineers who not only know their shit (pun intended), but have been doing it since before most people on this forum were probably even born. Schiit is their passion and hobby. They set out to make products that perform, and don’t charge stupid prices for it. It is a legit garage startup that kept growing because they really are that incredible. Oh, and they are made in the USA.
One of the guys actually wrote a book…through forum posts…that is a REALLY interesting read if you not only enjoy the audio world, but also business and startups in general: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/
They also published that long forum post on Amazon, which I bought just to support them more. Can you tell yet how big of a fan I am of them? Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up
To answer your question though, speaking about ‘transparency’ or ‘colored’ sound, the answer is yes. Yes, they sell tube amps which do what tube amps (Class A amps) do. They also sell solid state amps of both the class AB, D, and they even sell a freaking straight up class A amp! NO JOKE. The Asgard is straight up a Class A solid state amp…the mind boggles. DACS, DAC/amps both powered by wall and USB, monoblock amps, and just straight up amps.
I should probably stop fanboying their products now, but as a long time audio fan seeing the increasing trend in the industry of crappy over priced shit made in China with STUPID gimmics and LEDS all over the place, Schiit just came to me as a breath of fresh air with a simple product that over delivers for a reasonable price that is made in the USA. No gimmics. No stupid LED’s all over the place. Just a brick of metal that performs beautifully and has that quality feel of 60’s-70’s vintage audio gear.