my amp-building project has been put on indefinite hold, probably another year or two thanks to work arrangements
so...i really want to have a desktop amp in the meantime. i'm running an E17 right now which is fine with the 400's, but i want desktop and a little bit more power to boot. so...anyone here have a recommendation for me, for the he400's? i'm looking at the fiio e9 (since it would integrate well), the schiit magni and the schiit asgaard 2 but open to anything. my price limit ideally is the asgaard ($250 ish) since i will end up building my B-22 eventually
FWIW i've read a lot of reviews and threads on all of the above amps, and a few others...so personal experiences would be great
I think you're on the right track. Schiit or maybe even Audio-gd stuff will probably be recommended here. One thing I can add is that I found the Magni to be better than the E09K for driving the HE-500. It drove it much better for some reason and had a more analog sound to it, although the E09K did sound cleaner (but more digital/fake).
If I were in your shoes with your budget I would maybe get the Asgard 2 (haven't heard it, but all the chatter on Head-Fi has me excited). Or Magni to save some money and still be very happy I think.