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post #5296 of 13016

Seriously, I am contemplating hard wiring my HE-6 but not very confident with the dismantling of the casings/housing.

I have a spare norse cable for this job.

I find the original cord thought very light, they are fragile and I had this problem of the connectors hitting my shoulders at time.

Tried searching the youtube for vid.. but seems no one has posted it.

Actually I do mind engaging those that are experienced with this but since I live somewhere below the equator... shipping cost

and be an issue for me.

Any advice....thanks!

post #5297 of 13016

If you know the email address of Dr. Fang, can you PM me with the info.

 

Thanks.

post #5298 of 13016

Have you tried to PM him?   Nankai

post #5299 of 13016

Thanks! I will do that now that you have provided his username.

 

post #5300 of 13016

can someone post me a review on this headphone? If someone can, please also make a comparison to the HD800. Thanks

post #5301 of 13016

Go to the Inner Fidelity website and you will find a comparison to a few of the other top phones.

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post #5303 of 13016

I think they look great like that !

Can you tell me the name of the (holder ?) you are using in the photo.

Thanks

 

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Here ya go (click to enlarge):

 

HE-6_1.jpg

 

HE-6_2.jpg

 

HE-6_3.jpg



 

post #5304 of 13016

Almost as nice as.................................

 

 

CoconutHeadphones.jpg

post #5305 of 13016

lolr, the headphones from Gilligan's Island!

post #5306 of 13016
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Originally Posted by zeroakuma View Post

can someone post me a review on this headphone? If someone can, please also make a comparison to the HD800. Thanks


My impressions from long ago:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/493214/hifiman-he-6-planar-magnetic-headphone/615#post_7045218

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/493214/hifiman-he-6-planar-magnetic-headphone/735#post_7051760

post #5307 of 13016
I guess this is kind of an early mini-review, so here goes.

Okay, so it's been a week; a week of listening, break-in, and comparison. What I can say at this point is, I don't love the HE-6. I like them, I appreciate their sound quality, and they do compare well with the Senn HD800s, but they're missing something.

See, we like people for their virtues. Their positive traits often inspire us and we find that that inspiration can often make us want to become better people ourselves. However, we love people because of their flaws and imperfections. We come to appreciate those idiosyncrasies and they help to remind us that imperfection is part of what it is to be truly human. If you lived with a perfect spouse you'd get bored out of your mind before long, there wouldn't be any "zing", no chaos to allow for partnership chemistry to work.

That's the deal with the HE-6 too, as well as the HD800s for that matter. The flat FR graphs, showing a tonally perfect pitch, are evidence of a high precision tool for measuring audible variables in well-mastered sound recordings. However, for listening to music, trying to enjoy it, they're about as dry as week old toast. It's like using baking soda to brush your teeth. It does the best job, but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. When I reach for a set of cans for relaxation and enjoyment, I grab my D7000s. They're flawed, imperfect, and sometimes annoying, but I love them. They relay passion and energy with no apologies, they're agony and ecstasy with very comfortable pads. That's the D7000 in a nutshell. The HE-6 has no art in its presentation, and for many that's exactly what a headphone should do, be neutral, passionless, and only deliver what it takes in. That's fine, I can get behind that, but it isn't what I want every time I listen to my favorite recordings. I can never love them, but as I said before, I do like and appreciate them, they do what they were designed to do, and that's essentially what I wanted.

Then, I go to the presets I made in my parametric EQ...

See, the great thing about really high quality neutral cans is that they are truly kick-ass chameleons. "Hmm... do I want to dial in a pair of LCD-2s? Yes, I think I will." "HE-500s? HE-400s? No problem." Do I feel like some Grado action? Pull up the mids, drop some bass and highs, and suddenly Joe Satriani is in the house. There's no drama, they just handle it. Want even more flavor? I plug in to my EF-5 with a Mullard 10M and crank it. It's like putting the gorgeous, but sometimes boring, Jessica Alba in a pair of leather chaps and giving her a bull whip (gotta love Sin City).

Thing is, with little work, and perhaps some tubes, HE-6s can be whatever you want in a headphone. The clinical perfectionist becomes a party animal, and that I love. Now I just need a great tube amp with balanced output.
Edited by Magick Man - 3/22/12 at 12:39am
post #5308 of 13016
Quote:
Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I guess this is kind of an early mini-review, so here goes.
Okay, so it's been a week; a week of listening, break-in, and comparison. What I can say at this point is, I don't love the HE-6. I like them, I appreciate their sound quality, and they do compare well with the Senn HD800s, but they're missing something.
See, we like people for their virtues. Their positive traits often inspire us and we find that that inspiration can often make us want to become better people ourselves. However, we love people because of their flaws and imperfections. We come to appreciate those idiosyncrasies and they help to remind us that imperfection is part of what it is to be truly human. If you lived with a perfect spouse you'd get bored out of your mind before long, there wouldn't be any "zing", no chaos to allow for partnership chemistry to work.
That's the deal with the HE-6 too, as well as the HD800s for that matter. The flat FR graphs, showing a tonally perfect pitch, are evidence of a high precision tool for measuring audible variables in well-mastered sound recordings. However, for listening to music, trying to enjoy it, they're about as dry as week old toast. It's like using baking soda to brush your teeth. It does the best job, but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. When I reach for a set of cans for relaxation and enjoyment, I grab my D7000s. They're flawed, imperfect, and sometimes annoying, but I love them. They relay passion and energy with no apologies, they're agony and ecstasy with very comfortable pads. That's the D7000 in a nutshell. The HE-6 has no art in its presentation, and for many that's exactly what a headphone should do, be neutral, passionless, and only deliver what it takes in. That's fine, I can get behind that, but it isn't what I want every time I listen to my favorite recordings. I can never love them, but as I said before, I do like and appreciate them, they do what they were designed to do, and that's essentially what I wanted.
Then, I go to the presets I made in my parametric EQ...
See, the great thing about really high quality neutral cans is that they are truly kick-ass chameleons. "Hmm... do I want to dial in a pair of LCD-2s? Yes, I think I will." "HE-500s? HE-400s? No problem." Do I feel like some Grado action? Pull up the mids, drop some bass and highs, and suddenly Joe Satriani is in the house. There's no drama, they just handle it. Want even more flavor? I plug in to my EF-5 with a Mullard 10M and crank it. It's like putting the gorgeous, but sometimes boring, Jessica Alba in a pair of leather chaps and giving her a bull whip (gotta love Sin City).
Thing is, with little work, and perhaps some tubes, HE-6s can be whatever you want in a headphone. The clinical perfectionist becomes a party animal, and that I love. Now I just need a great tube amp with balanced output.


HE-6 are pretty neutral, but clinical and dry sounding?  Are you using the EF-5 to power them?  Zing should be in the music itself; no need to color it.

 

post #5309 of 13016
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post



HE-6 are pretty neutral, but clinical and dry sounding?  Are you using the EF-5 to power them?  Zing should be in the music itself; no need to color it.

Not generally. Most of the time I use my M2A which puts out up to 15W into 50Ω from the HP jack. It man-handles the HE-6s, or any other headphones for that matter.

What I'm saying is that the HE-6 is too clinical for my taste sometimes, but it can be EQ'd into practically anything I want. So it's extremely flexible.
post #5310 of 13016

Interesting impression Magic Man. Personally I don't think that the HE-6 are boring due to their neutral presentation. What keeps it fun for me is the crystal clear sound, and especially the fantastic imaging and sound stage they have on some songs. The bass too impresses me.

 

I don't use equalizer myself, but you may have inspired me to try out some of the many presets in Foobar2000. :)

 

edit: I don't find the HE-6 clinical at all, but I haven't heard other othos such as the LCD-2. If have had them both side by side, who knows, I might agree with you.


Edited by ZorgDK - 3/22/12 at 4:26am
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