I'm in the same boat. I have a lot of really fantastic, quiet, detailed, and neutralish 6922-equivalent tubes, and I can't really be bothered to venture down yet another tube rollin' rabbit/black hole with the 6SN7s. I could live without a remote. Tubes might add a bit of magic that the second-hand Ayre K-1xe preamp I'm eyeing may lack, ever so slightly. I've read a couple of reports now of Mjolnir 2 not being as dynamic, or imaging as well, as the Freya with great tubes. Having said that, it sounds as though a wee bit of transparency is lost through the tube stage of the Freya. And finally, for the foreseeable future, our music listenin' room and movie watching room will be combined, so for home theatre duties, I'd be burning through costly tubes on the Freya, as it doesn't otherwise convert single ended to balanced unless the tube buffer is on. I realize it lacks a proper pass through feature, but I plan to manually get around that. It sounds like the Freya will deliver more in the way of hiss by doing this. Being in Canada, it's costlier with the dollar here, added shipping, and duty and brokerage.