I'm saying compared to my power amp, it ends up lacking details even though it still sounds musical. But I'm also saying that it's not what I originally theorized that Lyr is undetailed and that it was a performance issue rather than a power issue. The fact that HD800 reveals Lyr to be pretty detailed after all shows that the odd missing details with HE-6 is purely a power equation after all. It has sufficient power to keep the bass up and not sound thin, but insufficient power to handle the sustained current + the voltage swing reserves for the dynamics, ultimately smearing over detail in the process.....however if there's nothing else available to run it on, Lyr does actually sound pleasant with HE-6...it just doesn't bring it to it's strengths over cheaper models as well as more power does.
So if peeps have the Lyr or equivalent powerful headphone amp, they'd be better off sticking with the HE500's? Only asking because I'm looking at the HE6's as my poss next hp's. Approx 6 watts does seem like a lot current, plus with the tubes for the voltage swings I would have thought it would defo have enough power? Obviously there will be more refined amps out there, but for the price it still does look good.
IEM, I see that you now have the HD800's aswell, how do they stack up against the HE6's in your opinion when they are both sufficiently amped.(apologies if you have already covered this) I love the hifiman sound, but are the HD800's better at anything apart from soundstage? I know the HD800's have a massive fanbase and I have an idea what they may sound like based on the many threads and opinions, but there are not many peeps who also own the HE6's aswell. Would an HD800 fan be blown away by a sufficiently amped HE6 for instance? If they are similar would I be better off getting the HD800, being that they are a little more amp friendly?