Originally Posted by Chris J
I think the Q701 sounds a bit better thru the E09K, but it's not a huge difference. The E09K is slightly smoother.
I like the E09K because it is a nice docking/charging station with a more convenient volume control.
That comment about too much power is complete BS.
Just make sure you have the volume set to a reasonable level and you should be OK with a high powered headphone amp.
I've heard Grado headphones thru a Bryston headphone amp, they sounded fine.
I've owned the E17 for a while now. Just got E09k today. Personally, I love the bass EQ of the E17. To me, it's perfect for the Q701 at +2. I dock the E17 to the E09k but still have the EQ active on the E17.
I am loving this combo but do agree with Chris that besides more output power, the E09K is a very small improvement compared to the E17. Docking = charging is also kind of nice and I love volume knob vs. buttons. :)
For the $, so far I am impressed.