Oh, I was under the impression that I'd be able to use the E17 as both an amp and DAC with something like a Colorfly C3, but I would only be able to use it as an amp with that too?
I wasn't planning on getting an E9K, quite happy with my E9 as a desktop amp at the moment. Looks like I'll go for the E11!
I've read a few other threads on here about Colorfly C3's and the impressions I get are very good.
Hopefully C3 and E11 will make a good combo.
AFAIK, you can't use E17 as a DAC with a Colorfly C3, but don't quote me on that.
The E9K is the same amp as E9 but instead of having an E7 compatible dock, it has an E17 compatible dock. You could try selling your E9 in order to upgrade to the E9K at low cost.
Just keep in mind the E11 is a warm/dark sounding amp, so if you pair it with warm/dark sounding DACs/PMPs/headphones, it will push that signature further.