I keep posting new threads about reasonal priced amplifiers for the Sennheiser HD 800 headphones, but I just love these cans, they are beautiful and solid headphones with superb comfort and awesome soundstage. I want to be able to bring plenty of sound quality out of them without spending all of my money.
Portable amplification of decent quality is one thing, but I also need a good starter amp for home use. I was looking into the E9 and it seems to be a very powerful and neutral sounding amp for it's ridiculous price.
The question: will this amp bring the goodies out of the HD 800's?
The HD 800's are not that power hungry, but one thing that seems to be VERY depending on good amplification is the bass. So obviously the E9 must have enough power to bring the bass to life, since I will also use the HD 800's for movies. I mostly listen to soundtracks, classical and rock, but not heavy rock, more like Queen and such. This means the bass don't have to be very punchy, though the depth and strength simply has to be there IMO.
Since they make a good combo, I was considering buying the E7 with the E9, for those few times i'm listening to my music in portable mode. I bet I won't be happy with the E7 as an amp compared to it's big brother, but at least it is said to make a pretty good dac, so the money won't be wasted.
I value serious, detailed answers here. I would also very much like to hear from those with experience in the E9 paired with high-end, high impedance headphones...