Originally Posted by laughingbuddha
Yeah it's an option amp wise Ben so how did you find it impacted the sound with the ES700.. Before and after can you give me some idea also what kind of music you listen to as well ? Just trying to work out some cheap but effective options I find it hard to pin point warn amps cheaper asian gear tends not to be very refined although was interested in a Dolphin with built in Dac at one stage but again little concerned what I might get in the end - so do you like the ES700s any idea how they burn in ??? time scales cos got mine yesterday they don't sound gd at the moment. They are very closed and tight thinking or returning them left them burning in with maxwell attached to the computer :-(
I prefer a more neutral amp with ES700, e.g. E12 or straight out of ODAC.
E6 has plenty of power for it, and adds some warmth - could be beneficial when used with a smartphone.
Be careful with burn-in - I burned them for 300 hours, yet they sounded bad (kinda like you describe).
Then I put them away for 2-3 weeks, and when I tried them again - they sounded a lot better.
May be I overburned them initially and they needed time to regain some of the strength
Anyway, I still prefer the 25$ JVC HA-S400 over them, and the 81$ JVC HA-S680 is even better -
If I could return my ATH-ES700, I would
How much did you pay? I have a feeling you'll still have enough money left to buy both S680 and a Hifimediy Sabre DAC, if not something even more expensive.