Can you please comment on AMP quality/differences between E1 and Phonitor.
I am asking because I am thinking on getting amp for my LCD-X but not sure if it is worth or to say so: if it will make big improvement over E1 AMP.
Amps in my consideration are like of SPL Phonitor, Violectric V200/V181/V281.
from yesterday impression, I feel the E1 even with the MUSES01 in the buffer section. The mids sound a bit more forward than the phonitor (giving the impression that the sound stage is more narrow but it isn't) I'm not imply that the mids aren't clear or accurate on the E1 just different. I would say I prefer neutral tonality of the phonitor more. Was much harder to tell when I dropped the hi-gain to low-gain with the header jumper caps. And the more forward vocals were even less pronounce when I tried my HD800 (In high gain). In regards to the Violectric, my friend sold his V200 because he told me that amp make every headphone he own sounded warmer. His opinion that it really only matched well with the HD800 (he did note you lose some slight micro details due to the warmer sound). This pretty much is the generally view with most reviews I've seen.
So if you like warmer sound, pick the V200/281 (both of these very simliar sounding, just the V281 has more grunt and balance output)