So I'm new to the over-ear world, been into high(ish)-end in-ear stuff for awhile, last running some Westone UM2's. Recently decided to get into a set of over-ear phones, and ended up on a little buying spree... First I ordered a set of Aiaiai TMA-1 Studios, and while waiting for those, stumbled into a Brookstone Outlet and picked up a pair of Audio Technica ATH-W1000X's... They had them knocked down to $419, but I guess they'd been sitting there for a month or so, and the manager made me an offer I couldn't refuse, $199 out the door.
At any rate, I've obviously been aware of portable amps for a while, but I guess I've always thought the benefits would be minor when driving tiny in-ear speakers. With the larger speakers in over-ear phones, they make more sense to me. With that in mind, I'm on the lookout for one.
Seeing as how the sound signatures are quite a bit different between the Aiaiai and Audio Technica phones, can somebody suggest one amp that will benefit each pair of phones equally? I'll be playing music from an iPhone 5. It should be noted that I only listen to music via headphones when the Airplane Mode is engaged.
I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to portable amps... I've been looking at the Fiios stuff, just because it's the easiest to find information on. Looking at the E6 just for optimal portability, but it's not as if the E11 or E12 would be too big. I'm also looking at the Astell & Kern AK10, Although at it's tiny size, I'm unsure if the AK10's amp is suitable to push larger over-ear speakers like the Audio Technicas..?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions...
Edited by Earbones - 12/20/13 at 11:28pm