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post #13336 of 19662

Perhaps fortunately for my wallet I haven't heard the Stax but patience is virtue that's sadly lacking in my case, probably something Freudian to do with a quest for instant gratification but anyway...wouldn't be able to hold out so long either. (and at the risk of making a fool out of myself, I can't imagine that you went radically wrong with the 6).  Would be nice to hear some comparisons by people who own both though.

post #13337 of 19662

Fortunate for me, I had a few members here in this thread looking out for me. Sound advice along the way and two previous auditions with the cans on loan for a total of 4 months. So in my case, even before I pulled the trigger I had good footing with 'em.

 

I just fired up the rig to listen to my HE-6 last hour for the first time since...:eek: "15 AVRIL 2014!" That's what the book shows, it gotta be right and I gotta be wrong for negligence. :o


Edited by Silent One - 5/5/14 at 10:20pm
post #13338 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post
 

Perhaps fortunately for my wallet I haven't heard the Stax but patience is virtue that's sadly lacking in my case, probably something Freudian to do with a quest for instant gratification but anyway...wouldn't be able to hold out so long either. (and at the risk of making a fool out of myself, I can't imagine that you went radically wrong with the 6).  Would be nice to hear some comparisons by people who own both though.

Well, in my case its the other way around...I got the Stax first (with a darn good amp)... but reading everything about the HE 6 is making me impatient... Xenephon, between the two of us, we have all the HPs covered (almost).... we need to meet up. Maybe then you have a raison d'être for the Stax :wink:

post #13339 of 19662

It'd be great to see you two get together! thumbsup.gif

post #13340 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

Fortunate for me, I had a few members here in this thread looking out for me. Sound advice along the way and two previous auditions with the cans on loan for a total of 4 months. So in my case, even before I pulled the trigger I had good footing with 'em.

 

I just fired up the rig to listen to my HE-6 last hour for the first time since...:eek: "15 AVRIL 2014!" That's what the book shows, it gotta be right and I gotta be wrong for negligence. :o

You got a log of when you listen ? Wow, that's a new level of due diligence:atsmile:

post #13341 of 19662
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I went to place an order for one last July/August and Justin placed the wait time at 15 months roughly. I ended up skipping off! I did place an order for the Woo WEE and SR-009 but eventually cancelled after waiting for the Stax 2.5 months when they announced an unexpected back log and it would be an additional 30 days. No thank you... "Hello HiFiMAN HE-6!" 

 

You've got PM

post #13342 of 19662
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You got a log of when you listen ? Wow, that's a new level of due diligence:atsmile:

I love to write and up until Autumn 2010, I kept in-depth journal entries...pages. It was if I was being held captive and I wrote to express my experiences to anyone discovering my journal long after I perished. The focus was more on myself and my relationship to gear and music throughout my days and nights along with other experiences in life.

 

Being aware of my state of being (emotional and mental), past and present proved quite illuminating. Whether I enjoyed a piece of gear or not so much, to look at what was happening in my life at the moment or prior was interesting to me. 

 

But I was thrust into critical work and being On-call meant cutting w-a-y back, so I could still have time to enjoy the music - priority one! Nowadays, I keep a simple run-time table of selected gears (not all) for information purposes. 

 

 15 AVRIL 2014
 
HE-6    @ 522 hrs
HD650 @ 142 hrs
D7000 @ 1,809 hrs
D5000 @ 1,926 hrs
 
Wyred4sound DAC-1 @ 2,066 hrs
Shindo Lab F2a Sinhonia @ 375 hrs
Shindo Lab Aurieges MM @ 367 hrs
Music Hall MMF-7  @ 74 hrs
2359glenn OTL Silver Hawk  @ 717 hrs
Sony DVP-S9000ES @ 2 hrs
Apogee Big Ben Clock @ 89 hrs
ZERO Autoformers @ 52 hrs
 
 

Edited by Silent One - 5/5/14 at 11:38pm
post #13343 of 19662

Hi HE-6 owners, has anyone here tried the HE-6 with Violectric V200? What do you think of the pairing? Can the V200 powers the HE-6 adequately? Thanks

post #13344 of 19662
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

Hi HE-6 owners, has anyone here tried the HE-6 with Violectric V200? What do you think of the pairing? Can the V200 powers the HE-6 adequately? Thanks

Have tried it briefly - was ok but really not enough power still to get it to it's potential.

 

Why don't you come and have a try? both are on demo :)

post #13345 of 19662
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Have tried it briefly - was ok but really not enough power still to get it to it's potential.

 

Why don't you come and have a try? both are on demo :)

 

Was about to pull the trigger on an amp actually, but the deal of that second-hand T1 was irresistible :beyersmile: 

 

Currently back on my amp planning phase, and if the V200 could power the HE-6 adequately it would increase the incentive to get one.

post #13346 of 19662
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

Was about to pull the trigger on an amp actually, but the deal of that second-hand T1 was irresistible :beyersmile: 

 

Currently back on my amp planning phase, and if the V200 could power the HE-6 adequately it would increase the incentive to get one.


Haven't tried the V200, but a simple "no" is most likely the right answer. Excluding Class D amps, if it doesn't have a large transformer then it cannot handle the HE-6.

post #13347 of 19662
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

I love to write and up until Autumn 2010, I kept in-depth journal entries...pages. It was if I was being held captive and I wrote to express my experiences to anyone discovering my journal long after I perished. The focus was more on myself and my relationship to gear and music throughout my days and nights along with other experiences in life.

 

Being aware of my state of being (emotional and mental), past and present proved quite illuminating. Whether I enjoyed a piece of gear or not so much, to look at what was happening in my life at the moment or prior was interesting to me. 

 

But I was thrust into critical work and being On-call meant cutting w-a-y back, so I could still have time to enjoy the music - priority one! Nowadays, I keep a simple run-time table of selected gears (not all) for information purposes. 

 

 15 AVRIL 2014
 
HE-6    @ 522 hrs
HD650 @ 142 hrs
D7000 @ 1,809 hrs
D5000 @ 1,926 hrs
 
Wyred4sound DAC-1 @ 2,066 hrs
Shindo Lab F2a Sinhonia @ 375 hrs
Shindo Lab Aurieges MM @ 367 hrs
Music Hall MMF-7  @ 74 hrs
2359glenn OTL Silver Hawk  @ 717 hrs
Sony DVP-S9000ES @ 2 hrs
Apogee Big Ben Clock @ 89 hrs
ZERO Autoformers @ 52 hrs
 
 

I keep a log for my tubes.  Just to keep track myself and also because I don't own a tester and want to be as honest as possible to prospective buyers when I sell some.  I know it doesn't say a lot but at least that way I can truthfully tell how long they've been running in my setup and how many power ups there were.

 

Have also started a monster comparison programme between various 6AS7G tubes / 6080's with a couple of headphones and my favourite classical tracks.  Impossible without keeping detailed notes, even with the notes I doubt if it's very objective but hey, it's a hobby.

post #13348 of 19662
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I keep a log for my tubes.  Just to keep track myself and also because I don't own a tester and want to be as honest as possible to prospective buyers when I sell some.  I know it doesn't say a lot but at least that way I can truthfully tell how long they've been running in my setup and how many power ups there were.

 

Have also started a monster comparison programme between various 6AS7G tubes / 6080's with a couple of headphones and my favourite classical tracks.  Impossible without keeping detailed notes, even with the notes I doubt if it's very objective but hey, it's a hobby.

I never lose sight of this or the fun. Often times when I share my audio experiences, my aim isn't to get others to approve or agree, rather to simply share in my joy and expand their horizons. 

 

I see you're up to some good stuff!

post #13349 of 19662
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

Was about to pull the trigger on an amp actually, but the deal of that second-hand T1 was irresistible :beyersmile: 

 

Currently back on my amp planning phase, and if the V200 could power the HE-6 adequately it would increase the incentive to get one.

I own a V200.  Use it in my European residence.  Very briefly my impressions which are just mine but though I say so myself:   I'm not into fanboyism and not shy to admit expensive mistakes.

 

Headphone amp wise it's powerful.  The build and engineering that went into it are top notch and the designer (Fried Reim) is above all an engineer and (a very distant second, the man is sometimes to honest for his own good) only secondly, a salesman).  It has hardware gain dipswitches on the back that can prove very useful and for a headphone amp it delivers quite a punch.

 

One point of criticism if you feed it via the USB plug-in module:  the USB implementation is a bit outdated.  Soundwise it sets down a strong performance with just a hint of warmth but not overly so.  I compared it to a Burson conductor and Antelope Zodiac Gold.  Sticking to a misplaced european character analogy to illustrate things:  if the conductor is a cool Brit/Scandinavian on some speed then the Antelope is a flighty, airy but superficial Italian and the V200..well...a German I guess:  utterly reliable, friendly, strong but not the summum of finesse and micro-detail.

 

Horses for courses, a lot depends on your music taste/headphones owned and how you like your sound + your philosophy on if/where in the chain any colouring should happen.

 

For a combo with the HE-6 of the 3 amps mentioned I'd only consider the Vio, frankly.  Does it work?  Yes.  You can get it plenty loud without distortion and certainly won't kick yourself if this is the only amplification you have.  Is it ideal or 'the best', whatever that may be?  No, with the right speaker amp you can do better.  Impossible to quantify but to my ears it's about those last 10%.  But youy need to pair it wirth the speaker amp that's right for you because it's possible to do a bit better than with the V200 but imo it's also possible to pick a combo that will be plenty powerful but will sound a lot worse.

 

Would I purchase it again?  Well, if I could only own one single amp then yes, although I'd go for its successor -the V281- which will come out in june and which is set to deliver about 4 W into 50 Ohm with a 30V or so swing (balanced).

 

Given the fact that I can afford multiple amps I'd stick to a neutral, low-power speaker amp for the 6 and something with a bit more neutral and lighter/more detailed presentation than the V200 for the other cans, at least as far as the ss headphone amp camp is concerned.

post #13350 of 19662

:thumb: The numbers are in! I'm showing a resistance of:

 

- 61 Ohms Pre-hard wiring

- 61 Ohms Post hard wiring

 

And now time to enjoy music towards dawn... :wink:

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