(The E17 is a higher class model than the E12 so the Mont Blanc could only fair worse, right?)
I do not nessisarily need a portable amp but it would be preferred, any other suggestions under $200 if the E12 is a flop?
I'm actually looking into the little dot mkiii. I also want to replace the stock tubes with the Mullard M8161.
But the thing is I have no idea how to tube roll, and am clueless as to which of the 4 tubes must be replaced.
The Little Dot mkiii is an OTL and it's not good with planars (e.g. HE-400). E12 is a better amp than E17, but it doesn't have DAC (E17 is a DAC too). I like the Modi/Magni for $200 budget.