You're going to drop $1300 on a pair of headphones and then power them with a $250 Chinese amp? These new flagships are VERY revealing of what you have in your front end: AMP/DAC/SOURCE. All are very important to bringing out the most of these headphones....otherwise, you'd be leaving a lot of cards on the table.
Like I said a couple posts back, the headphones were already a pretty big stretch for me, being a college student. However, I thought I'd go all out on a pair first and then upgrade my system little by little in the future.
I was under the impression that most amps nowadays are technically proficient and that more expensive ones are just more pleasantly colored rather than technically superior by leaps and bounds over the cheaper ones. I understand that many people here do not see it this way and I respect that; I myself do not know what to think of this matter.
With that said, do you think the compressed dynamics is due to the limitations of the E7/E9 combo? I always found that pair to work very well until I noticed the problem with the dynamics. At higher volumes, dynamics are enhanced a bit but would a better amp allow for unrestrained dynamics even at a lower volume?
I already ordered the HRT Music Stream II and am thinking about the Schiit Valhalla. Does anyone have any other suggestions or insights? Thanks!