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post #2311 of 15369
Hi Happy Camper,
Thank you for the quick reply and your seal of approval with running these off my power amp.
Looks like I should not miss this deal because I have not had an 'eargasms' for a long long time.
Actually 'retired' from the high end hifi world but now having more leisure time so my 7 years itch
is starting to get to me.
Will place my order for the HE6 after penning this... will try to drown myself with sound and wine.
Cheers!
post #2312 of 15369

I can think of worse ways to spend leisure time by experience.

 

I've been listening to CSN&Y 4 Way Street Remastered and it draws me back to listening to them when it came out. I had a Dual turntable, Sherwood receiver and a pair of Utahs. I'd lay in the rack with the speakers on either side of my head and imagine being at the show. The sound was so clear and powerful.

 

Enjoy!

post #2313 of 15369


 

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Originally Posted by odyssey View Post

Hi Guys,
Relatively new to Head-Fi.. but had been following a couple of threads namely Woo's tube amp and recently HE6 and LCD-2 headphones. Might be signing up to buy the HE6 (before the 15th Jan offer ends) and have some queries that I hope the more experienced user can provide some advice.
HE6 connecting to speaker amp..like Sony N9000ES... will this work ? Any pitfall(s)?
When I order HE6 do I have to specify or order cable/connector for this purpose?
Can I use this power amp until I get a proper headphone amp...
Appreciate all the help/advice I can get. Thanks!

 


First please understand I am not disagreeing with anybody but only giving my opinion. I have tried tapping into my Onkyo AV (120W) with my HE6's, and comparing to my Woo WA6SE max and my tricked out WA5LE.

The WA6SE has the volume for the HE6 but not the power coming of the transformers, my Onkyo is better but still lacking, my WA5LE has the power and volume to drive the HE6 the way these headphones are meant to sound. That said my WA5LE is pushed to about 75% of its capability's.

Also for 2Ch analog music my WA5LE drops down to about 50% of its capability's, its the Blu Ray movies that really make my WA5LE work hard but not to the point of taxing it.

 

Most of my other gear in this chain is because of the movies and wanting to reproduce there 7.1/5.1 soundtracks. However I do like having the Oppo BD-83SE/NE as a source player because of the Sabre 32 DAC's that are used, but the 2Ch side (Ultra (ES9016 DAC) of the analog board in the BD-83SE is far superior to the M/C side (Premier (ES9006 DAC) of the analog board because of the higher end Sabre 32 DAC that is used for 2Ch. So I will be getting a Oppo BD-95 when they come out because the BD-95 with have two Sabre 32 Ultra (ES9018) DAC, one for MC and one for 2Ch.


Edited by sillysally - 1/12/11 at 10:50pm
post #2314 of 15369


 

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Originally Posted by sillysally View Post


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by odyssey View Post

Hi Guys,
Relatively new to Head-Fi.. but had been following a couple of threads namely Woo's tube amp and recently HE6 and LCD-2 headphones. Might be signing up to buy the HE6 (before the 15th Jan offer ends) and have some queries that I hope the more experienced user can provide some advice.
HE6 connecting to speaker amp..like Sony N9000ES... will this work ? Any pitfall(s)?
When I order HE6 do I have to specify or order cable/connector for this purpose?
Can I use this power amp until I get a proper headphone amp...
Appreciate all the help/advice I can get. Thanks!

 


First please understand I am not disagreeing with anybody but only giving my opinion. I have tried tapping into my Onkyo AV (120W) with my HE6's, and comparing to my Woo WA6SE max and my tricked out WA5LE.

The WA6SE has the volume for the HE6 but not the power coming of the transformers, my Onkyo is better but still lacking, my WA5LE has the power and volume to drive the HE6 the way these headphones are meant to sound. That said my WA5LE is pushed to about 75% of its capability's.

Also for 2Ch analog music my WA5LE drops down to about 50% of its capability's, its the Blu Ray movies that really make my WA5LE work hard but not to the point of taxing it.

 

Most of my other gear in this chain is because of the movies and wanting to reproduce there 7.1/5.1 soundtracks. However I do like having the Oppo BD-83SE/NE as a source player because of the Sabre 32 DAC's that are used, but the 2Ch side (Ultra (ES9016 DAC) of the analog board in the BD-83SE is far superior to the M/C side (Premier (ES9006 DAC) of the analog board because of the higher end Sabre 32 DAC that is used for 2Ch. So I will be getting a Oppo BD-95 when they come out because the BD-95 with have two Sabre 32 Ultra (ES9018) DAC, one for MC and one for 2Ch.

Thank you! Just placed order for the HE6. Now will just sit back and wait. For the amplifier driving part, I am aiming for either WA5LE or even the WA5 from Woo Audio and the Sony will only be a standin. Wish I don't have to go thru' the upgrade path on amplifiers as I had done that many years ago when the hifi bug was in my bloodline. Just hoping to get something good and start enjoying the music...not really looking for perfection though.. because it's a never ending quest (speaking from experience) Have been in communication with Jack @ Woo and hope can make decision soon. My other concern is my remarks on 'upgrade' on amplifier...now there is tube to content with and tube rolling .. sounds 'complex' for newbie like myself. Been a SS guys since young.
 

post #2315 of 15369

HE6 and wa5 for home theater, mmm, interesting.

post #2316 of 15369


 

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Originally Posted by odyssey View Post

Thank you! Just placed order for the HE6. Now will just sit back and wait. For the amplifier driving part, I am aiming for either WA5LE or even the WA5 from Woo Audio and the Sony will only be a standin. Wish I don't have to go thru' the upgrade path on amplifiers as I had done that many years ago when the hifi bug was in my bloodline. Just hoping to get something good and start enjoying the music...not really looking for perfection though.. because it's a never ending quest (speaking from experience) Have been in communication with Jack @ Woo and hope can make decision soon. My other concern is my remarks on 'upgrade' on amplifier...now there is tube to content with and tube rolling .. sounds 'complex' for newbie like myself. Been a SS guys since young.
 

SS guy, ok that is why I use the BD83SE/NE as my source player and use its 7.1 or 2.0 analog out. The Sabre 32 Ultra (ES9016 DAC) for the dedicated 2Ch analog out via interconnects to my Woo is a very nice combo. You get the speed, accuracy, detail and sound-stage of the Sabre 32/SS and the smoothness , sound-stage, depth, natural sound of a very good 300B amp.

I am waiting for the new Oppo BD-95 to come out because its using the Sabre 32 ES90018 for both MC and 2Ch plus a better power supply.

 

Yes if you really want to get the best of the best tubes for the Woo it can get very costly and hard to find. The only tubes I would get from Jack is the EML 5U4G. The best 300B;s are the WE 300B original (very expensive and very hard to find in NOS), however the Princess solid or graphite plate is a very nice 300B. The TSRP 6SN7GT is a great drive tube for the HE6.

post #2317 of 15369


 

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Originally Posted by Jian View Post

HE6 and wa5 for home theater, mmm, interesting.


Yes but the main part of that type of setup is the SVS Realiser and having access to a great 7.1/5.1 sound system along with great room aquatics that you can copy with the Realiser. The results are amazing for home theater HQ (True HD, DTS HD MA) movie sound tracks.

 

The HE6's really brings out the sound signature of a great speaker system like the ones used at AIX sound studio in LA, that I now have coming from my HE6 in my small home theater.


Edited by sillysally - 1/13/11 at 2:57am
post #2318 of 15369
Quote:
Originally Posted by odyssey View Post

Thank you! Just placed order for the HE6. Now will just sit back and wait. For the amplifier driving part, I am aiming for either WA5LE or even the WA5 from Woo Audio and the Sony will only be a standin. Wish I don't have to go thru' the upgrade path on amplifiers as I had done that many years ago when the hifi bug was in my bloodline. Just hoping to get something good and start enjoying the music...not really looking for perfection though.. because it's a never ending quest (speaking from experience) Have been in communication with Jack @ Woo and hope can make decision soon. My other concern is my remarks on 'upgrade' on amplifier...now there is tube to content with and tube rolling .. sounds 'complex' for newbie like myself. Been a SS guys since young.
 


Hi Odyssey,

 

I have been using a WA5 with the HE-6's for a while and the pairing is fantastic.  The K1000 jack turns out to be perfect for the HE-6.  And you don't have to have the best of the best tubes to enjoy the WA5 / LE.  There are other less expensive alternatives that sound excellent until (if ever) you decide to spring for the ultimate WE300Bs.  i.e. the Sophia 300Bs that SS mentioned.  And of course, with the WA5 you always have the opportunity to drive speakers.  I am driving some Decware ERR's with mine right now and the sound is very nice.


Edited by davo50 - 1/13/11 at 6:18am
post #2319 of 15369

I spotted what I think is the impedance box for connecting the HE-6 to >100Wpc speaker amps on techpowerup.com

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post #2320 of 15369
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Originally Posted by somestranger26 View Post

I spotted what I think is the impedance box for connecting the HE-6 to >100Wpc speaker amps on techpowerup.com


the he6p mentioned there sounds interesting as it's easier to drive. i wonder how different in sounds from the regular he6. the new baby iems also sound interesting.

post #2321 of 15369

Interesting - could the HE-6P really be a new model???

post #2322 of 15369

DID they ( techpowerup) made up the name ( HE6P ) or thats the official name, anyone ?

 

if its official then , the letter P , standing for portable, makes it less interesting to me because it seems the sound might suffer. cause here they tried their best after the prototype to increse the sensitivity and released HE6 with somwhat increased sensitivity , NOW , they release this Easy to drive version ( hell, right off IPOD !! ) .

I dont know what HD is at !! 

 

HE4, HE5LE, HE6  all had their place. NOW where do the HE6p go !

post #2323 of 15369

 

AVguide apparently had a go at it at CES2011, link below.

 

http://www.avguide.com/blog/headphones-and-personal-audio-ces-2011-part-2
 

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

Interesting - could the HE-6P really be a new model???

post #2324 of 15369

Fascinating.  Not really something I'd be interested in, having worked out some nice amping partners for the HE-6, but a cool development nonetheless.

post #2325 of 15369

So when can we expect a HE7? In March maybe? 

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