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post #10906 of 19662
For portable, i think only RSA intruder amp claims to drive HE-6....
I have not heard TH900, but with HE-6 my friend called it that "you can hear the 'shape' of sound" i mean its the texture that he means...
Listen to them at least an hour everynite...life couldnt be any better
post #10907 of 19662

Yeah, the site claims it can drive the HE-6, but I did notice that it also says 'specs will follow' so there's little objective data to compare it with other units.  I haven't heard it but must say I'm a bit sceptical as to the quality of the signal if you hit that +21 DB gain setting, would be nice if someone who owns it and uses it with a HE-6 and has experience with a full-sized amp (speaker or high-powered headphone) could chime in.

post #10908 of 19662
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Originally Posted by goldenSHK View Post

Well I wasn't going to buy the iBasso DX100 only to power the HE6, but I was hoping to be able to power them from that as my only source. I don't listen to headphones very loud anyways, so is the loudness the only real thing that suffers here or does the actual performance and detail of the headphone degrade with lower power? 
I owned the DX100 for 2/3 weeks. I remember it sounded very very close to the Fostex HP-A3 with the HE-500, just a bit more edgy in the treble, but the rest (imaging, dynamics, ...) was similar. While I can honestly say I was very happy with the resulting sound, I learned some weeks later, when I got my SA-31, that it was clearly lacking in slam and overall scale by comparison.
It's easy to translate this to the HE-6: the dx-100 is a big no.
post #10909 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

So, I'm a newbie in this thread (I'm usually over in the HE-500 thread). Anyway, I wanted to ask you all a questions, since I have little expierence in this thread. I heard the HE-6 off the Manly Stingray a couple of years ago and the Cavalli Audio Liquid Fire. I'm thinking of getting another HE-6 soon and was wondering if there are any headphone amplifiers in the $1K range capable of driving the HE-6's somewhat to the performance level of either the Stingray or the LF? Thanks! Sorry, not meaniing to hijack the thread!

 

IMO and in my experience I have not heard no headphone amp that will play the HE-6 to the level of a good quality speaker amp in that price range.  Side by side and cost for cost I'll take the speaker amp every time.  

post #10910 of 19662
As I do agree to speaker amps I general is a safe bet. But in my own listening
Test and with out beating a dead horse. M8 or M9. Not trying to be argumentive
post #10911 of 19662

Yeah - agree.  Audio GD pays close attention to the power supply section in his amps.

post #10912 of 19662
Those M amps are speaker amps in a headphone wrapping?

What separates a speaker amp from a headphone amp?
Edited by Happy Camper - 12/23/13 at 9:02am
post #10913 of 19662

I'd recommend an Odyssey Stratos+ for one of the best options under 1000. 

post #10914 of 19662
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I'd recommend an Odyssey Stratos+ for one of the best options under 1000. 

 

+1 No question...  Or even the Cyclops


Edited by preproman - 12/23/13 at 9:04am
post #10915 of 19662
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I'd recommend an Odyssey Stratos+ for one of the best options under 1000. 

 

Is it better than a F3?

 

If I decide I want to return LCD-X, I'm gonna shop for a speaker amp for the HE-6.

 

The F3 can be had for around $1.5k.

post #10916 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

Is it better than a F3?

 

If I decide I want to return LCD-X, I'm gonna shop for a speaker amp for the HE-6.

 

The F3 can be had for around $1.5k.

 

Definitely a better value, I haven't heard the F3, but I have an F5T and that is a dream. Best SS speaker amp I've heard so far, including many multi-thousand dollar amps. You can't go wrong with either, but I feel the Firstwatt stuff has a special synergy with the HE-6. All depends on how much you want to spend. I've seen the Stratos+ go for 400-600 on AgoN. That is a steal. 

post #10917 of 19662

What's the stratos tonality? Warmish/smooth?

 

I've got the Exposure 2010S for the Electra 1007Be and I tried it with the HE-6.

I really love its easy going and involving nature (Brit spirit) and the tonality is just right for me (a bit rolled off up top. The QuteHD also has this but it's more gentle. "British sound" maybe?).

It's not really relaxing though, I can feel something is distracting me from pure relaxation. Class AB distortion? I dunno.

It is somewhat expected because the Exposure is not the most silent amp on earth (the LCD-X is a big no with it: too much hiss) but it works just fine with speakers.

 

In some ways, it's already better than the EF-6. Even though it's warmer, details are more apparent, especially on the sides of the scene where the EF-6 tends to blend things a bit.


Edited by Clemmaster - 12/23/13 at 10:02am
post #10918 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

What's the stratos tonality? Warmish/smooth?

 

I've got the Exposure 2010S for the Electra 1007Be and I tried it with the HE-6.

I really love its easy going and involving nature (Brit spirit) and the tonality is just right for me (a bit rolled off up top. The QuteHD also has this but it's more gentle. "British sound" maybe?).

It's not really relaxing though, I can feel something is distracting me from pure relaxation. Class AB distortion? I dunno.

It is somewhat expected because the Exposure is not the most silent amp on earth (the LCD-X is a big no with it: too much hiss) but it works just fine with speakers.

 

In some ways, it's already better than the EF-6. Even though it's warmer, details are more apparent, especially on the sides of the scene where the EF-6 tends to blend things a bit.

 

From what I remember it is slightly warm. Still have very good treble, but presented in a smooth way. Really good tonality for the HE-6 IMO. I would check out some reviews on it to confirm. It has been awhile since I've heard it. 

post #10919 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

 

From what I remember it is slightly warm. Still have very good treble, but presented in a smooth way. Really good tonality for the HE-6 IMO. I would check out some reviews on it to confirm. It has been awhile since I've heard it. 

 

Damn, why don't you just tell me: "hum... no... it sucks!"?

I want to try it now... :(

I want to try the Precision 1.

I want to try the First Watts (all of them)

I want to try the Odyssey Candela preamp

I want to try the...

post #10920 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

 

Damn, why don't you just tell me: "hum... no... it sucks!"?

I want to try it now... :(

I want to try the Precision 1.

I want to try the First Watts (all of them)

I want to try the Odyssey Candela preamp

I want to try the...

 

It's an on-going journey to find the beast that can tame the beast. :D

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