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Portable Amp Suggestions for Shure 840 and AKG K172HD

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Hi guys, I need some advice from fellow members who own or had owned these headphones before. I got Shure 840's a few years ago and hooked them up with Creative Xfi HD DAC/AMP, this setup has served me well all these years. But it has left me with two limitations, First Shure's are very bright on Mid and high's, and not so much on Bass. On occasion I have tried to fiddle with equalizer on PC, but that brings a certain muddiness to the Mids and Highs and I end up turning the equalizer off. this could be a limitation of AMP inside my creative Xfi HD.

 

Now second issue is Shure's are not exactly portable and I got AKG K172HD as a gift last year that are little small in size. Although Shure's are easy to drive even with cell phones, K172HD are not so much. I can feel the lack of clarity and loudness even when I have my Nexus4/Note2 on full volume. 

 

This made me think that I need a portable amp, that can drive K172HD on the go and bring some bass to both AKG and Shure's. I am not looking for 'Beats by DRE' type of sound, as  I can produce that with my SHURE's on PC with equalizer. Instead I am trying to add more punch to bass and keep the clarity of Mids and Highs. I have been looking into Fiio's portable Amp's E11 and E12. Both do have bass boost on them but I don't know how effective it is.

 

I have been searching forums for a few days and I am feeling lost at this point. It has left me more questions than answers.

 

My DAC/AMP, is it good enough or should I look into portable DAC/AMP like Fiio E17/E7? I have never listened to any other setup than mine so I have nothing to compare with. Here's the link, in case you are wondering which one it is. Amazon

Portable Amp's like E11/E12, would they be able to do what I am looking for?

Should I simply save my money and buy something like Senheiser HD598 when they are on sale?

 

I don't have a place close to me where I can test these setups and compare, plus I find that it takes sometime to actually listen to the difference between different setups. 

 

Sorry for huge post, but I wanted make sure I provide full details before asking for expert opinion. Thanks.

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