I'm liking the D6 that is recommended. It is small, portable, and comes with a pouch. Is there anything that can compete to this price? Also is there a site where I can get a good deal on this?
Try looking into the iBasso D6 if you haven't already. I just purchased one a few days ago after debating for a few weeks on this ~$200 price range amp/dac solution of E7/E9 vs. Fubar III vs. iBasso D4. There's a lot of good things being said about the D6 right now on these forums, which I've also confirmed through several PMs with a couple of well-known forum members. It's another $100 over the E7/E9 combo, but its an amp/dac in a very small, portable unit, very much worth its price tag in every way. There's several modifications you can do to it as well.
Yes I see that. The E7 will be updated too, I still haven't made my choice yet, and I want an amp now.
FiiO has plans to flesh out their product line up with more products, but the E9 was just released back in October/November of 2010 so I strongly doubt that it will get replaced anytime soon. The E3 and E5 has been on the market for quite a while now.