The review with the WA5 is a mistery , it just makes no sense. Now was the amp stock or upgraded. As there is big difference if upgraded. Second itoints to the fact this is all subjective too. I remember the first day I put those cans on my head. It was so bright I said , what the heck is every saying this is good. Well that was because the amp I had was just in no way suitable for the headphones . It reading in this post and the amps for headphones that I learned what I really needed. I have not tried any mods as I just to not have to do so or care really. If I had someone near maybe just to hear, but no big deal. Over this weekend I want to make time to do a head to head with the stax009. And the HE6. Again. And I will post my thoughts .
Looking forward to your impressions Al!
Especially if you own, or will be owning speakers. Just get a speaker amp and have it do double duty, but yeah, I have had the vast majority of flagships in my stable and the HE-6 has gotten the most head time by far. All the others have been sold off except for a modded HE-500 that I have as a backup.
Cheers to your newfound peace of mind!