why would you buy the verza over an e17 Looking at specs, I saw no output difference, plus e17 has an eq. Is it the fact that it clips onto the iPhone or something? I don't own any apple products, nor will I ever. Buying v-moda headphones I understand, but buying a 500$ amp comparable to a 200$ amp? Confusion hits me. Can you explain to me what the reason is to buy that amp over any other at 500$? Is it better than the e17? I'd just like to know about it. It sure is a beautifully designed piece of equipment either way! That's a decent reason. Design. Another reason I guess is feasible is that it hooks onto your phone (I'm never buying an iPhone however. They look good, and sound decent, but the UI is too simple, you have to go through iTunes which pisses me off, and it isn't open source. I'll take windows phone or android... Oh, and now that beats audio is gone, and the HTC one m8 puts out 1.3 volts vs iPhone 5s at 1 volt, I think that HTC one m8's are the best phones for audiophiles.) sorry for my on and off topic rant lol. Now, what is the reason to buy a verza over other amps?
If you've ever listened to your headphones through a Verza you will understand. It has a better DAC chip, a better amp section, and an analog volume control. I have the E17 and doing a side-by-side with the Verza on my M-100 and it was no contest. Bass was tighter and more impactful, mids were brought forward and overall sound energy was incredible. If I could afford a Verza I would already have one.
I don't wish to argue with everyone here btw. Just standing my opinion. I respect all of your opinions too. now, yes the e17 will work with any device as far as I can tell. I'm pretty sure fiio is one of the most popular, if not the most, for portable low priced amps.... I think.
You can use the E17 to double amp anything, yes, but it's limiting if your source DAC is bad. The E17 works with any PC/Mac, but there are complicated workarounds for iPads, iPhones and certain Android phones. The Verza, on the other hand, works with most iDevices, a slew of Android phones, plus PC and Mac. It's a little overpriced, but so are Ferraris. You get what you pay for.
Edited by SpiderNhan - 4/30/14 at 5:14pm