I'm getting a bit sick of this SST-1 vs DAV thing.
I have got both preamps and I can tell you this.
The DAV BG1
is WAY WAY coloured compared to the HV-3 clean pre in the STT-1
I have a BLUE Bottle
and if you want just pure clean gain then the STT-1
SS is perfect.
When we do a shoot out between the DAV and the STT-1
then the valve path of the STT-1
is much closer to the DAV, that's because the DAV is not pure clean gain - IT IS COLOURED - OK it's coloured in a good way BUT coloured never the less no matter what any one else says - you don't need golden ears to hear it either it's totally obvious.
To call the HV-3 sterile and harsh it total BS. It sounds stunning with the vocal caps on the Bottle and blows the DAV away for that application - where all you need is PURE gain because the colour is already in the source.
is a wonderful versatile pre-amp perfect for a choice of paths and without doubt a different class to the DAV - this correctly reflected in the retail price IMHO. I use my DAV a lot, but an STT-1
it most certainly is not.