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post #11731 of 15471

I did it. Couldn't resist buying an HE6 on sale on evil bay to complement my Woo WA5. I pulled the trigger. I hope this will be a very good match... it better be.

post #11732 of 15471
What tubes do you have with the woo wa5
?
It is a perfect pairing but there are many others as well

Al
post #11733 of 15471
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post
 

I've listened to the HE-6 with the MJ and I was utterly disappointed. Truly, 5W into 50 Ohms is definitely insufficient to tame the cans. Something like a SX-1250/1280 would truly do it justice. Bass to die for is EXACTLY what i heard with that pairing.

 

Or you just didn't like that particular pairing. Wattage isn't all that matters.


Edited by Armaegis - 2/8/14 at 7:46am
post #11734 of 15471

Hi Al. I have the Sophia Royal Princess 300B, GEC U52 rectifiers and Sylvania 6SN7W metal base / Tungsol BGRP / Ken-rad, etc.

post #11735 of 15471

Can't wait for you to get some time with it, lojay...

:popcorn:

post #11736 of 15471
Great tubes. I think that's the upgrades I bought from woo with the amp. The amp sounds really good with headphones .

Enjoy the pairing

Al
post #11737 of 15471
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post

I've listened to the HE-6 with the MJ and I was utterly disappointed. Truly, 5W into 50 Ohms is definitely insufficient to tame the cans. Something like a SX-1250/1280 would truly do it justice. Bass to die for is EXACTLY what i heard with that pairing.

Is that using the headphone jack of the SX or the speaker terminals?
post #11738 of 15471

U52!!!

post #11739 of 15471
Armaegis,you could be right that i didn't enjoy the pairing but then again, if the music sounded thin and two dimensional, not to mention having sizzling treble, i would conclude, imo, that the cans are not driven ideally.

Vlach, it was thru the headphone jack.
post #11740 of 15471
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Originally Posted by musicinmymind View Post
 

My neighbor is selling his 3 months old Mcintosh D100 for 1500$, he got it new and rarely used it. His recording studio did not kick off as planned, it has 3 years transferable warranty.

 

If I buy it will replace bifrost -> lyr as dac+preamp for Emotiva UPA-200 -> HE-6. Problem is he is not allowing me check with Emotiva and HE-6, I did try with HD650 for a short time and it sounds as good bifrost->lyr->HD650, if not better.

 

Please suggest, using D100 as DAC+ Preamp would be substantial upgrade compared to Bifrost->Lyr on HE-6 setup. This would be my end game in DAC, will not be able to afford a replacement for long long time.  

 

 

http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/us/Products/pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=newproducts&ProductId=D100

Check about the warranty with McIntosh first because it is my understanding that McIntosh warranties are not transfarable.

post #11741 of 15471
I am qualifying this by saying I've not heard any of the gear being used but the HE-6.

You are running a Bitfrost/Lyr then through the UPAs/HE-6.

You want to replace the Bitfrost/Lyr with the D100 & Emo UPA-200s.

IMO, if you can spring for the Mac through the 200s, it's going to be a sonic upgrade you'll wow over. There are better amps but what you have will content you for a long time if not completely. Preproman had similar Emo amps and liked them until the space heater came to the audio dungeon.
post #11742 of 15471
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post

Armaegis,you could be right that i didn't enjoy the pairing but then again, if the music sounded thin and two dimensional, not to mention having sizzling treble, i would conclude, imo, that the cans are not driven ideally.

Vlach, it was thru the headphone jack.

I don't know that amp but if you were listening through the headphone jack, are you sure the full 5W were available?  Many headphone jacks turn down the available power to a huge extent, they need to be usable with all kinds of cans.

post #11743 of 15471

Has anyone who has used a silver cable with these also heard a copper one? I'm curious if there are any sonic differences between silver and copper cables with the he-6

post #11744 of 15471
Xenophon, if you are referring to the MJ, then of course its the headphone jack as that is the sole headphone output. But if you are referring to the SX1280, which i used to own, then again it was also thru the headphone jack and with the 20db attenuation on as well. That piece of vintage awesomeness puts out 120w.If i am not mistaken, these vintage amps do not attenuate the power thru its headphone jacks like more modern equipment do. I could be wrong but my ears tell me otherwise.
post #11745 of 15471

Thanks guys, I look forward to the HE6 very much. I hope it would quench my thirst for the time being before I get Stax hungry. Though my dissatisfaction with my current cans (HD800) lessened after I EQ'd foobar and found that tamed HD800's treble peak making it a lot more listenable (albeit losing some top end sparkle). Will report with HE6 pairing with WA5 when I receive it.

 

DG, I bought the U52 under your excellent recommendation :D I'd say it shaped the sound just as much as the 300B (which is 50% more expensive).


Edited by lojay - 2/9/14 at 5:21am
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