Like the title says...
I'm running Sennheiser IE 800 in-ears and the German Maestro GMP 8.35 D cans.
If I were just using the IE 800s I'd probably go with the Astell & Kerns AK10, but the fact that every professional review I've seen of it (when it's used with cans) has it coupled to a larger amp doesn't instill confidence in it's ability to drive cans.
I currently have a Fiio E11 and an E12... There's a difference there, with the E12 having a slightly warmer and wider presentation, and I'd probably be happy with the E12 were it not for the fact that I received a lemon from Amazon... In a few weeks it's developed both a hiss and a faulty headphone jack (yes, it passed the authentication test on Fiio's website)... And besides, I'd like a DAC as well.
I've also been looking at the V-Moda Vamp Verza, but I have yet to see a review that shifts the focus off its unique design and case-coupling features, and simply offers a thorough appraisal of it's sound. It does seem nice, though...
Love to keep it somewhat reasonably budgeted... Say $500 or so and below. Less is always better, ha ha.
Options? Thanks for your expertise!
Edited by Earbones - 1/16/14 at 5:17pm