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E09K+E17 or E17 by itself?

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Which sounds better for Q701, and easily driven headphones such as MDR-1R?

E09K has more power does that make it sound better? I also hear that if the amp is too powerful it will add distortion to headphones like these with low impedance rating is that true?

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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.
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

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.


+1. 

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.

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