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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post

 

I ordered the GS-X a couple of months ago so I don't know whether I'm getting the new version, I only know from Justin that mine will have the extra power.

 

I do believe all of the next production units will be of the new version.

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I'm only thinking of getting the HE-6, but I'm definitely getting the GS-X. I have the BHSE and I like everything about it especially it's build quality, so I've no doubt the GS-X will be the same. I've read other high end headphones sound great driven by the GS-X, but I like the look of the HE-6, however it will also have to sound amazing and be very comfortable. Before buying the audio equipment I have apart from my source, I never got chance to hear them but with the HE-6 I will at the UK head-fi meeting. I am very happy with the headphone system I have, but it'd be nice to hear something different every so often.

 

Other high end headphones does indeed sound great with the GS-X.   However, only thinking about the HE-6 with the GS-X is a big risk IMO.  The HE-6 is a hard beast to tame.  This is a long road many of people have already went down.  The end result has always turned out the same.  HE-6 = some kind of speaker amp. 

 

Happy Camper - above has educated my highly on this very subject.  I to first bought a B22 thinking it would be enough for the HE-6.  Happy Camper and SoupRknowva came over my house with speaker amps in hand and showed me first hand how different the HE-6 sound on speaker amps compared to my B22.  

 

I now read my sig - "HE-6 rig = Dual 300 watt mono blocks"  

 

And I'm still planning on getting the new GS-X because it's so much different than the current amps I do have.

 

The advice is here for you in BLACK and WHITE - take it for what it's worth.  Go back and read as many threads you can on what can drive the HE-6 to it's full potential and take the RISK out the game.

 

Good luck.

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

I do believe all of the next production units will be of the new version.

 

Sorry preproman, I've just looked at the email Justin sent me and it says my order is the new version of the GS-X. So it looks like I'll be getting it with the 4 pin socket.

                                     Please accept my apologies.

 

                                                 Dave. 

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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post

 

Sorry preproman, I've just looked at the email Justin sent me and it says my order is the new version of the GS-X. So it looks like I'll be getting it with the 4 pin socket.

                                     Please accept my apologies.

 

                                                 Dave. 

Told ya so. tongue.gif

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Is the bare minimum of what 5w with GS-X even gonna be enough for HE-6?

I'm hearing Mjolnir does a good job, but don't know what that is comparative to.


Edited by paradoxper - 8/31/12 at 5:27pm
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dp somehow


Edited by justin w. - 8/31/12 at 6:01pm

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I would agree that there are better options if you are looking at the GS-X for ONLY the HE-6 headphones, just get a quality discrete speaker amp.  Like the AKG K1000, lots of power is needed.  However many of the very powerful amps also have some unadvertised characteristics:

 

- High noise floor

- High distortion at low output levels

 

You may not notice the high noise floor when using the HE-6 exclusively, but you will if you want to use other headphones with the amp too.  The GS-X is in a more rare category to be able to drive the HE-6 very well in balanced mode, and also be dead silent and have low distortion when using headphones that are more sensitive, all the way down to custom IEMs.  The new GS-X is lower noise than any of my battery powered portable amps.  Too bad i only have a few years supply left of the discontinued low-noise JFETs :(

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

The GS-X is in a more rare category to be able to drive the HE-6 very well in balanced mode, and also be dead silent and have low distortion when using headphones that are more sensitive, all the way down to custom IEMs.  The new GS-X is lower noise than any of my battery powered portable amps.  Too bad i only have a few years supply left of the discontinued low-noise JFETs :(

 

What will you do once the JFETs run out?  I'm tempted to pick up a GS-X someday to complete my Headamp collection.

 

Btw, the noise issue is really obvious with sensitive headphones like the HD800 and speaker amps.  Some speaker amps can manage the HD800, though.  It's an interesting test, listening for the noise.

 

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

The advice is here for you in BLACK and WHITE - take it for what it's worth.  Go back and read as many threads you can on what can drive the HE-6 to it's full potential and take the RISK out the game.

 

Not sure if you're referring to the GS-X, but Headamp has a 30 day return policy.


Edited by Elysian - 8/31/12 at 11:07pm
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Is the bare minimum of what 5w with GS-X even gonna be enough for HE-6?

I'm hearing Mjolnir does a good job, but don't know what that is comparative to.

 

Like I say, I'm only thinking of getting the HE-6, whereas the GS-X I definitely am. I have the Grado PS500 so if that sounds good driven by the GS-X, I might just use that headphone and my Shure se535's. To be honest, since hearing about Sennheiser working on an electrostatic headphone, my mind is on that especially with me getting the Aristaeus the same time I get the GS-X.

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/5/14 at 12:30am
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Originally Posted by Elysian View Post

Not sure if you're referring to the GS-X, but Headamp has a 30 day return policy.

 

 

O yea,  I know that.  The Risk I was referring to was Dave getting the GS-X just for the HE-6.  Instead of getting the GS-X because it's a quality amp.  If the HE-6 is his main focus then like Justn said "there are better options if you are looking at the GS-X for ONLY the HE-6 headphones, just get a quality discrete speaker amp. "

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I think the choice of headphone is in question for Dave.  Looks like he is already getting the GS-X.  So I think he's saying he's only getting the HE-6.  There are other good headphone choices out there that will pair very well with the GS-X.

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I think the choice of headphone is in question for Dave.  Looks like he is already getting the GS-X.  So I think he's saying he's only getting the HE-6.  There are other good headphone choices out there that will pair very well with the GS-X.

He does seem already set on the GS-X, which is great. However even though the GS-X will sound good with most other 

headphones. I think it's still fair to wonder how well the GS-X can drive the HE-6.

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The photo is my audio rack with the equipment I have. Both the GS-X + Aristaeus I've ordered will have a silver faceplate and the GS-X will be positioned on the bottom shelf where the space is, and the Aristaeus on the top. So I'm not just getting those amps for their SQ and build quality, but also how they'll look on my rack. I've mentioned I might be getting the HE-6 but there are no guarantees, it's just that I really like the look of the HE-6.

 

                        Dave.

 

P.S. As I've said, assuming I did get the HE-6 and the GS-X struggled to drive it, my source has a +6dB mode which is a boost to the volume.

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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post

Like I say, I'm only thinking of getting the HE-6, whereas the GS-X I definitely am. I have the Grado PS500 so if that sounds good driven by the GS-X, I might just use that headphone and my Shure se535's. To be honest, since hearing about Sennheiser working on an electrostatic headphone, my mind is on that especially with me getting the Aristaeus the same time I get the GS-X.

Yes, Senn's working on ANOTHER stat....trouble is where the assumed price points are going to be. Considering the price of other Senn stats from the past, you'd probably have to sell that whole audio rack to buy one....that being the "budget" stat from Sennheiser.... rolleyes.gif
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