Originally Posted by davidsh
Going from the e17 DAC to my new DAC was pretty much around half the upgrade going from e17 amp to my other amplifier if I have to quantify it. Price was the same of both DAC and amp...
In general you can expect more realism in the soundstaging, and a bit more resolution, along with more clarity. I see it as a necessary step if you want to perfect the sound of your system, but not anything that is necessary to enjoy any headphone that is not ultra hi-end. If I were you, I would have a hard time deciding whether I should upgrade DAC or amp.
Well, the thing is that the AMP unit has enought power already for the HE-400, and even thou i understand that better amps might be more refined, I would upgrade the amp only if i was selling all my equipment to get the next upgrade (wich i dont feel at this point will be required).
However you did answer my main question, in general terms. Thx. I am guessing that with the HE-400 the Bifrost to Gungnir and Gungnir to Yddgrasil Jumps would not be such a huge improvment as.... lets say the sennheiser HD800, am i correct?
If so, I guess ill just get the uber bifrost, and if someday i get a better paid job that allows me to afford a higher end system, then ill consider it.