I think that you underestimate the powers of a frugal shopper.
. I do believe that the e09k with an odac is not only sufficient but a good pairing for the headphones I have. The lyr and bifrost while better are really just an indulgence because I had the money at the time and got a very good deal on them.
Someone who isn't swayed by the bigger, more expensive setup. WHY I NEVER!
Someone who actually makes some damn sense.
All you hear around here: OMG, amp X is SOOOOO much better than my Fiio E9K? I can't believe the difference, blah, blah, blah. Expectation bias, and people being swayed by shiny new gear.
B*tch please, the difference is like 5%, if that. So tired of the pure hyperbole here. I had the E9K and the SA-31, and I A/B-ed them with the ODAC with the HD650, 990s, and HE-400. The Fiio E9K put up a REALLY good fight on all fronts.
Then I went from the $500 amp and highly regarded dac, to the $500 amp/dac device, and the difference wasn't so large, that I 'stepped' down to the lower amp/dac, ad don't regret it one bit.
Still, the LYR being a tube does have it's very own signature compared to all the SS amps I've owned. That much was noticeable. I may get a tube amp in the future just to have that noticeable change in signature again.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/26/13 at 3:24pm