I ordered the HE-400 with the velour pads a couple days ago and am eagerly awaiting it's arrival. I was going to order the E17, but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to do a little more research on an amp/dac that would suit the HE-400s. I've basically have it narrowed down to the three listed in the title: Aune T1, Magni/Modi, or E17. I was looking at the Little Dot MKII, but it's only an amp and am not sure how it compares. I'll be using this with my Dell laptop, so I would assume and amp and dac would benefit me more so than just an amp.
I'm aware that the HE-400's supposedly don't need amping, but I have the money available so why not. Do you guys think the "warm" sound of a tube would pair well with the HE-400's or should I stick to SS? I have $280 and wanna get the most out of the HE-400 with that, especially since I shelled out $395 for them. Any input on which one I should get would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!