If you ever catch me paying €2000 for an amp/dac you have my permission to punch me square in the face.
I'll be picking up the HD700 soon, just need to listen with my little E10K to decide if I want something more powerful or whether that's me retired from this hobby for 10 years. Wishful thinking..
I have the E12 amp, and it was nice to use it with my iPOD's at home and away from home. The FiiO X7 was loud enough without an external amp, so I also used it at home and away. Now, I have given the E12 to wifey, and sold the FiiO X7. The headphone base station amp is now the Sony PHA3, while the Onkyo will be used everywhere, and without an external amp attached. I feel kind of funny paying a price like that for an all-in-one unit, but still turn around and piggy-back an external amp... ..and then, you know, too me, if you work to earn extra toy money, and the necessities have been met, then there is nothing wrong with paying too much, or throwing some money away to have fun :-) ..but I believe if a person does not have the funds, and they are going to undercut the living necessities in life, then there may be a problem.
Edited by Hitec - 2/8/16 at 11:02pm