First of all, I have the following headphones: Grado SR80, Grado SR225i, Sennheiser Amperior, B&W P5 & some Shure 840s (I use these when I'm recording, they are tiresome in any other context). I own no IEMs and I never will (IEM + me = instant ear infections).
I currently use a FIIO E10 (work) and an M-Audio FastTrack Ultra II (home). They both do the job, but the FIIO is much more to my liking from a listening perspective. I find myself bringing it home a lot because I just don't enjoy the Ultra II, which I guess makes sense because it's made for music production, not listening.
Anyway, long story short, I am looking for a portable (as in move from room to room, not battery powered) amp for home & travel. I have around $700 to spend, but spending less means more dough for music and/or cans.
My sources at home are: Computer (FooBar2000 and Fidelify) & Turntable w/ Shure M92E cart and a phono pre-amp.
I'm looking at these guys as my options (but I'm open to suggestions obviously):
NuForce Icon HDP
Alo Pan Am
FIIO E17 + E9K
M1HPA (16/48 DAC resolution isn't so great, but I've read great reviews regardless)
My listening tastes tend towards acoustic jazz, classical, indie, ambient and electronic with some huge bass drops (eg Clams Casino, Balam Acab).
Unfortunately I live in the middle of nowhere, so I can't exactly go audition these things, so I'm hoping to hear from the community here as to what they think of these options.
I appreciate your input guys and gals -- thanks!
Edited by toschek - 1/9/13 at 11:09pm