Secret Agent XXL,
Sure, all I will really say about the E17 and E09K combo is that it is a great setup for $270 Cdn.
But based on my short listening session with a pair of HD800 I think they deserve a better amp and DAC, but you know the drill, open your wallet real wide to get something better.
OTOH, when I first heard a pair the owner was happily listening to them thru an iPhone. He seemed to have survived the experience with no ill effects, LOL! I'm 99% sure I used my La Figaro 336C to listen to the HD800. I would guess a better amp would do them justice.
I definitely agree that the E17/E9 combo is amazing value for the money - 1000%! That said. I suspect even Fiio themselves would agree that a higher power amplifier like the Lyr or Mjolnir will really make demanding headphones shine. For now though, at least based on using the E17 by itself, the combo of it and the E9 will no doubt meet my short to medium term needs.
Funny you mention the first time hearing the HD800 was from an owner using an iPhone. I'm sure the guys at the Headphone Bar thought I was nuts wanting to briefly re-audition the HD800 in-store with my iPhone. There was method to my madness though - I had my E17 attached via LOD (and 30 pin to Lightning converter no thanks to Apple) and was able to listen to music I was familiar with, including some of my favorite lossless tracks. That's when I realized just how special the little E17 was... it floored me that the HD800s could sound this good being driven by the iPhone/E17 combo. Personally I can't imagine usine the iPhone without the E17, but to each their own devices. :-)
I've never heard of a La Figaro 336C - is it worth me looking into?
Dale (aka AgentXXL)