I'm waiting on a pair of shure srh840s, I want the portability and the DAC, would the e7 work? This is my first pair of higher end headphones so I obviously have no experience with amps either. Any input on how much of a difference I would expect if I amped the 840s? I'm trying to hold off on buying an amp/dac until I physically get and listen to the headphones but I have a lot of interest in driving the sound to a higher potential when I do get them.
I have both the E7 and the SRH840. They go well together for me. It would help to know what your source is - then I can probably give you an idea if it's worth it. I can say (for me):
- As a dac for both the PC and also my laptop, the sound is definitely better and cleaner.
- As a portable amp, I believe it has added additional clarity, impact, and separation to my 840's. It is not 'night and day', but to me it is noticeable. At the moment I couldn't tell you 100% if some of this is because I'm using a LOD rather than the headphone-out on my Touch.
The SRH840 doesn't need an amp - but I believe it does benefit with one. The DAC to me is the main plus with the E7 - the amp is a bonus. For the price - the E7's benefits are worth it - to me.
The amp on the E7 is not overly powerful - so don't expect it to perform miracles with power-hungry cans.