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post #12871 of 19448
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Originally Posted by cradon View Post

Does it make a difference what Audeze pads I put on my HE-6?

Not sure how the leather pads sound but the microsuede pads are comfy and sound great. I think angle pads also improve the soundstage and imaging.
post #12872 of 19448

Have an LCD-X demo, and am putting it head-to-head with my HE-6's.

 

Surprisingly, I prefer my HE-6 by most counts. I don't think I can live without HE-6's visceral punch and clarity. I'm very happy, considering that I got my pair at half of the X's MSRP. :)

post #12873 of 19448

I have already asked for help concerning choosing a small speaker amp for the HE6... still open for suggestions :)

post #12874 of 19448
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Originally Posted by madbull View Post
 

I have already asked for help concerning choosing a small speaker amp for the HE6... still open for suggestions :)


Wyred 4 Sound mAMPS.

post #12875 of 19448
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Originally Posted by SteveM324 View Post


Not sure how the leather pads sound but the microsuede pads are comfy and sound great. I think angle pads also improve the soundstage and imaging.


Thank you! They are comfy but I prefer the look of black leather + I'm afraid of what the microsuede will look like after some use in the summer.

post #12876 of 19448

I too, like the look of the  Black leather pads.

post #12877 of 19448

Off topic:

 

In an attempt to create more room on my desk, I have gone for slightly strange yet effective solution.

 

 

The empty spot is reserved for my preamp which I'll be getting back on Monday from repairs. Both pieces of gear are within arms reach for volume changes and input selection. And yes that is toilet paper holding up my DAC. :bigsmile_face:

 

 

Been pondering of having a dual monitor setup but I had my DAC underneath my PC which took up way too much surface area. The PC will eventually get moved elsewhere and I should be able to fit a 20" in portrait mode.


Edited by ohhgourami - 4/6/14 at 12:09am
post #12878 of 19448
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I've heard several several speaker amps including a Threshold driving the HE6. I liked the M9 as much or better. BTW, I do have a very capable speaker amp.

 

There are quite a few different Threshold amps and not all of them will show the HE-6 to its best advantage; and with all Threshold amps, given their age, you also have to consider a particular amp's condition. 

 

Be that as it may, what you listen to circumscribes what you hear and what amps you will like driving the HE-6. Regardless of what the HE-6 headphones may need for power in some gross absolute sense, the complexity and dynamic range of what you listen to will determine whether the amp you use will drive them to your satisfaction. The power requirements for a jazz group or string quartet are far, far less than those of a fully engaged 100 piece symphony orchestra. Since you also already have a very capable speaker amp, I would suggest the following HE-6 experiment with both amps: Get your hands on a copy of Reference Recordings HRx DVD-R 176.4 kHz / 24-bit release of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, -- Stern/KCS (RR HRx-120). Adjust the volume so that the peak hits 0 Db during the last section; i.e., the molto allegro fugue. During the crescendo pay particular attention to the low end. If the amp doesn't clip, the low end sounds don't become flattened or muddy, or the instruments conflated, the amp can probably handle anything you might play. With regard to the quality of the play, you should a get an approaching, if not actual, "being there" experience. As always, YMMV.

post #12879 of 19448
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There are quite a few different Threshold amps and not all of them will show the HE-6 to its best advantage; and with all Threshold amps, given their age, you also have to consider a particular amp's condition. 

Be that as it may, what you listen to circumscribes what you hear and what amps you will like driving the HE-6. Regardless of what the HE-6 headphones may need for power in some gross absolute sense, the complexity and dynamic range of what you listen to will determine whether the amp you use will drive them to your satisfaction. The power requirements for a jazz group or string quartet are far, far less than those of a fully engaged 100 piece symphony orchestra. Since you also already have a very capable speaker amp, I would suggest the following HE-6 experiment with both amps: Get your hands on a copy of Reference Recordings HRx DVD-R 176.4 kHz / 24-bit release of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, -- Stern/KCS (RR HRx-120). Adjust the volume so that the peak hits 0 Db during the last section; i.e., the molto allegro fugue. During the crescendo pay particular attention to the low end. If the amp doesn't clip, the low end sounds don't become flattened or muddy, or the instruments conflated, the amp can probably handle anything you might play. With regard to the quality of the play, you should a get an approaching, if not actual, "being there" experience. As always, YMMV.

I have a better idea, send me your system and the DVD and I'll compare it to mine and report back.rolleyes.gif
post #12880 of 19448

Thanks to the head-fier who not only gave me his HE-6 grills yesterday, but also put them in for me. Here he is enjoying his modded HE-6 on my setup at the NY meet.

 

post #12881 of 19448
After traveling for a month i just had to relize, how much i missed my HE-6. It's like falling in love again again biggrin.gif
post #12882 of 19448
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Originally Posted by rlawli View Post
 

 

There are quite a few different Threshold amps and not all of them will show the HE-6 to its best advantage; and with all Threshold amps, given their age, you also have to consider a particular amp's condition. 

 

Be that as it may, what you listen to circumscribes what you hear and what amps you will like driving the HE-6. Regardless of what the HE-6 headphones may need for power in some gross absolute sense, the complexity and dynamic range of what you listen to will determine whether the amp you use will drive them to your satisfaction. The power requirements for a jazz group or string quartet are far, far less than those of a fully engaged 100 piece symphony orchestra. Since you also already have a very capable speaker amp, I would suggest the following HE-6 experiment with both amps: Get your hands on a copy of Reference Recordings HRx DVD-R 176.4 kHz / 24-bit release of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, -- Stern/KCS (RR HRx-120). Adjust the volume so that the peak hits 0 Db during the last section; i.e., the molto allegro fugue. During the crescendo pay particular attention to the low end. If the amp doesn't clip, the low end sounds don't become flattened or muddy, or the instruments conflated, the amp can probably handle anything you might play. With regard to the quality of the play, you should a get an approaching, if not actual, "being there" experience. As always, YMMV.

 

Detailed guidance, such as that which you have provided, is very helpful.  Well done.  Thank you for sharing.

post #12883 of 19448
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I have a better idea, send me your system and the DVD and I'll compare it to mine and report back.rolleyes.gif

 

Given the shipping costs, to send either of our systems to the other would be an impoverishing experience; and, although it is not an idea I am necessarily adverse to, I thought your comments were to the adequacy of your M9 with regard to the HE-6 headphone's potential performance. In any event, comparing the performance of the M9 to your speaker amp using the Reference Recordings Britten cut will tell you all you need to know. Having driven my HE-6 headphones with a number of speaker amps including monoblock ASP1000s, I can assure you that your speaker amp will drive them without issue as long as you start out with no gain and proceed slowly.  If you have trouble locating the Britten cut, I am willing to absorb the shipping and send it west to MI.  Seriously though, it is one of the best recordings I have heard with which to test any equipment chain quality. 

post #12884 of 19448
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Originally Posted by hennessys View Post

After traveling for a month i just had to relize, how much i missed my HE-6. It's like falling in love again again biggrin.gif

:beerchug:

Currently a week now without my beloved cans. But certainly hope it's not a MONTH that passes! They're out to get hard wired. 

post #12885 of 19448
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Originally Posted by cradon View Post
 

Thanks to the head-fier who not only gave me his HE-6 grills yesterday, but also put them in for me. Here he is enjoying his modded HE-6 on my setup at the NY meet.

 

Beautiful!

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