Maybe you guys can help. I was originally looking at getting the e12 headphone amp to be paired with my ipod but after realising my macbook (white, 13", 2008) sounds pretty pants compared with a better headphone amp (old, i know but a technics su-v460 on board headphone amp) I started looking at the e17, as an all in one amp/dac for the macbook and amp for the ipod.
What I want to know is how does the sq of the e17 stack up against the e12? It would be powering my akg k701's so not sure how they will also sound with either. Any advise would be great!
I like to listen a bit louder than average. The E17 and X3 has just enough power to power my Q701's to loud levels, but on oldie songs, there wasn't enough power
However it should be enough for most people
The E12 imo is the better amp. The E17 was a bit warmer and bassier which could benefit the Q701, but ultimately for a reference headphone like the Q701 (I don't have K so I'm using Q as a close enough comparison) the E12 with its cleaner sound and power worked great.
But of course, the E12 doesn't have a DAC and thus the E17 will probably actually be the 'cleaner' amp if used with the MBP