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Hey guys, what's is that (only one) value-for-money speaker amp for best driving HE-6 and bringng the most out of it?

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Get used to big file sizes. But memory is much cheaper now than before. Also set up a raid server to save you music. Clause if the hardrive dies so does your music.

Al
Yup. I have at least five sources of file storage in 4 different cities. I'm ready for a biblical event.
post #12123 of 19726
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Originally Posted by StryGR View Post
 

Hey guys, what's is that (only one) value-for-money speaker amp for best driving HE-6 and bringng the most out of it?

 

There is not only one..  There are many, you just have to look around.

 

You can start with the Emotiva mini X  for $200 it's cool.   It get much much better that that..

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Lmao. I am too.
Your a funny dude
Al
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Drobo pro redundant system here for all my data (not just music), should be able to cope with 2 simultaneous drive failures.  Nightly incremental clone job to a second system with carbon copy.  Overkill but hey, the employer pays and insists.  For my music collection I wrote a terribly inefficient  script that pushes over changes nightly to my linux box sitting 6600 km away :-)  But if the sky falls and the NSA's still around I could try them and see if they have a backup of my stuff :D

 

I have nothing against large files but here in India I'm stuck with a 16 Mbps connection and 100 Gb/month quota.

post #12126 of 19726

im still using my speaker amp with the GSX as pre-amp and am pretty much set. im still considering LCD-3 or HD 800 repurchase, but im pretty happy right now, love my HE-6!

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There is not only one..  There are many, you just have to look around.

 

You can start with the Emotiva mini X  for $200 it's cool.   It get much much better that that..

If you don't need a volume control on your amp, I'd suggest a Parasound Zamp V3 will surpass the Mini X easily...

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May express it differently: I need the "top choice" for Hifimans without breaking the bank. Could be, for instance, a diy F5 clone, a specific commercial vintage integrated amp, a specific current commercial tube amp, etc. Woo WA5 could be a choice, as ALRAINBOW says, but problem is its cost.

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Originally Posted by StryGR View Post
 

May express it differently: I need the "top choice" for Hifimans without breaking the bank. Could be, for instance, a diy F5 clone, a specific commercial vintage integrated amp, a specific current commercial tube amp, etc. Woo WA5 could be a choice, as ALRAINBOW says, but problem is its cost.

Will you be able to audition the amp first?  It's always a gamble if not., a lot if not all depends on personal preference.  I took a huge risk ordering the F3 unheard but the usual suspects in this thread are imo no fools and I'm pretty confident I'll like its sound based on the -a bit to verbose perhaps- description by Srajan at 6moons who  must be the only reviewer to have heard  heard the entire FirstWatt lineup.

 

If I'd know electronics and soldering what I'd probably do is purchase the generic FirstWatt case at diyaudio, put in a power supply and the connectors and from what I understand then one can purchase IC Boards and components for the entire Fx family at modest cost and build my own.  A nice project...for those who know what they're doing which definitely wouldn't include me in this field.

post #12130 of 19726
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Hey guys, what's is that (only one) value-for-money speaker amp for best driving HE-6 and bringng the most out of it?

Trends 10.2SE, cost around 220 bucks and is compact to boost!

 

Or look into vintage receiver like the Sansui 9090 Pioneer Sx 1250. You know you want one :p

 

Still, dont you already have that amp with those big caps and irons sticking out already? :o


Edited by khaine1711 - 2/23/14 at 3:44am
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I have a krell. It is very good . And it has multiple inputs both balanced and SE. it also has volume control and it can be disabled. ( thanks oraghami ) .

I am selling it if needed. I just have way to much stuff. Lol.

Al
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Trends 10.2SE, cost around 220 bucks and is compact to boost!

 

Or look into vintage receiver like the Sansui 9090 Pioneer Sx 1250. You know you want one :p

 

Still, dont you already have that amp with those big caps and irons sticking out already? :o

Still have the amp in previous photo but I need the BEST in quality!

post #12133 of 19726
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Still have the amp in previous photo but I need the BEST in quality!

Hard to define best since this is the He6 and you practically can plug it into a 100k amp :p

post #12134 of 19726
Here is my observation and it is my opinion so people post but do not direct at me. .

Tubes add warmth but sacrifice some speed and details. They also unless very large like a woo WA5 or larger tap out with current. .

So ultimately you need a speaker amp that is solid state. You do not need monsters of two hundred watts or more , 100 is fine. But it must be a class A or A/B. And most all amps even if steed are class A are I fact A/B. Why ask others as I will get bashed enough with what I am saying. Next you want an amp that drives speakers well and can be heard on speakers. . Why cause speakers reveal more of the sound then any headphone. So if a speaker amp has say non linear in the bass . It will be very evident with speakers but not so much with headphones . At least until you have a very bass driven track and it bloats it. Also read reviews of the proposed speaker amp. With speakers. . It's fine to read here about people who say this is good. And it may be. But reading about a review from an amp that us ten or 15 years old from a review with speakers will tell you much more.

The amps I have chosen were done with this method. And last the new trend is makers making amps designed for headphones. This is fairly new as I am 57 and there were no headphone amps from my day. Except the ES types.

Sound you want a fast neutral sounding amp. , wire with gain. Do not listen to people who say this amp warms the headphones up. This means it's slower or off neutral. Even the woo amps sound a little warm , they are tubes but very little when compared to SS amps. Also some SS. Amps do sound warm , stay away from them. Now why no warmth . Sooner or later you will here a more neutral amp and feel you are missing something. Use EQ to tame the headphones with lesser recording.

Al
post #12135 of 19726
It is my understanding that 100 W pure class A would mean:

-Mucho dinero in terms of power supply, components and current use as I recall reading that efficiency is inherently limited to 25% or so
- on the upside, if you live in a cold clime, you'll be able to switch off the heating

But I agree that although I personally like a very light touch of warmth, neutrality but especially clarity/transparency rule. As for eq'ing away artefacts in imperfec t source material: can't be done imo, at least not without srereiously compromising overall sound. Tried it with old classical recordings, never worked.
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