In my opinion - yes, I have an opinion you are essentially correct on what you've stated. However, I have (3) of the newer Yamaha 2-channel pieces of hardware (amps, receivers, etc.) Each of them have a subwoofer output, so I can enjoy my SVS sub in my 2-channel rig. However, there is an additional feature on the Yamaha 2-channel amps and receivers which is: variable loudness. This knob is a godsend, I tell you. It allows one to move the knob so that the proper mix of bass and treble ... and even more bass can be achieved at lower listening levels. As one increases the volume, these affects that are applied then to lessen some as the natural increase in volume, makes such controls fade towards the back a bit and the better bass response from naturally higher volumes starts to take over.
Being that this "variable loudness" button is used, one can enjoy true bliss at lower listening levels, but it scales beautifully. Only Yamaha, and Denon to a degree - on their older 2-channel gear has offered such a great control. Yamaha still offers it on their 2-channel gear that is still produced today. The regular Bass and Treble controls are still present, but the variable loudness control is such more effective, I keep the regular Bass and Treble set to flat.
Dude, that's still a glorified EQ. It's altering the frequency aka equalizing. Not in a traditional sense, but it is what it is.
What I meant is that no standard headphone amp without some way to EQ (even with a nuke's worth of power) is gonna match the E17 in bass.
This is what I was replying to. Recommending any typical headphone amp is NOT going to beat what the E17 can do to the bass, AT ALL.
Even the SA-31 with 10watts at 40ohms can't touch the E17 with a +4 o higher. +4 is the sweet spot in terms of bass, IMHO. Anything more starts distorting the bass a bit too much for my own liking.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/25/13 at 4:35am