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I guess I am fortunate.  I've never had my 950's squeal or make any other untoward noises.  They don't fit tightly, but by the same time, I'm usually seated when wearing them, so they have never fallen off either.  When I first got them, I was disappointed.  I was used to Senn 650's with amp that utilized crossfeed and that emphasized the midbass and lower midrange of the Senns.    Over time I also bought a pair of HE500's and LCD-2's that I drive with a Decware Taboo II...
1.  Audeze LCD 2.2  specifically when driven by DecWare Taboo II 2.  Koss ESP 950...fast, smooth a bit lacking in slam. 3.  HifiMan HE500... driven by DecWare or Headroom Home with built in DAC.  Not as comfortable, but still sound good. 4.  Senn. HD700/HD650...each have their strengths.  HD650's on Bottlehead Crack.  HD700's were higher on the Woo WA2 5.  Denon 7100...good for listening to movies at night.  Strong bass, comfortable pads 6.  Grado 225i....punchy,...
the HD700 has a peak at about 8k that you either like or you don't.  Comfort is excellent and the bass response is far ahead of the HD598,  Soundstage is wider and deeper with better placement within the soundstage.   It is more revealing than the 598, but also scales up far better when you improve amplification. My pair sounds good with the Bottlehead Crack and the Headroom Home amp/dac.  It sounds even better with the Decware Taboo 2 or the CSP2. Hibuck....
Interestingly, I have never (yet) had a problem with my set.  While it may be looming on the horizon, I'm just enjoying the time I have. Hibuck..
I had some reservations about how the HD700 would sound with the Crack, but with a 12BH7 driver and a Chatham 2399 it sounds wonderful! Layered, huge soundstage and very little brightness even with Anne Sophie Mutter on violin. Hibuck...
Swap driver tube. If problem persists look for cold solder joint or burnt resistor. Go to bottleheadSite...lots of knowlegable people there.Hibuck....
Thanks for tips!  I've been rolling some 12AT7's in and tried a Valve Art 274b. The 5U4 that was in it is a better mix to my ears.  The VA was very neutral, but a bit light in the bass/midbass.  Been thinking about trying some El84's, but wondering how much I'd miss the "hazengrid" if I took out the Russian tubes. I find that I'm hearing some layering and staging cues that I haven't heard before. I like the Taboo a lot and find it a very nice companion to my Koss...
Than other addictions as well! Hibuck.....
Thus my screen name:)
I think the consensus was that the Taboo II put out about 2.3w into 50 ohms.  That may be right on the edge for a HE-6, but the type of music and volume at which you listen is going to be a deciding factor.  I'm running HE-500's with mine and power is not an issue. I may get a 12AT7 or 5751 driver at some point for more gain on the front end, but that's more an issue of curiosity on my part than it is need. Hibuck....
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