Well I got drunk a few nights ago and apparently ordered some Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohms, which is possibly the least regrettable drunken decision anyone has ever made. But now I'm thinking I'll need an amp to drive them to my satisfaction.
I've been checking out the E17 and it's a pretty nice unit, I just have some questions about how it performs paired with the E9k.
1. What benefits are there to running the docked setup vs just the E17 alone? I know that the E17 is also a DAC, but do the amps in each unit work in conjunction for higher power output? Synergistic sound quality effects?
2. Portability is a minor factor as this will mostly be used for a desktop PC sound system, so while the portability of the E17 would be convenient as an all-in-one solution, is its only function when docked to the E9k to serve as a DAC? Also, portable audio will be a Galaxy S3 if that's worth anything.
3. Strictly from an amp perspective, does the E17 compete with the E9k?
Not totally new to the head-fi game but I don't have any experience with amps, which is probably apparent, so any advice and input is appreciated!