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post #6901 of 14781
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Originally Posted by IEMCrazy View Post

 

IMO, if you're bent on running Lyr, I'd go with HD800, however that recommendation comes with a caveat: It applies if and only if you intend to EQ!   The Lyr actually does sound very good with HE-6 contrary to knee-jerk reactions.  But it doesn't drive it into it's "special" characteristics over the HE-500 that costs half as much.  It's tonally smooth and balanced, but it lacks that extra bit of dynamics and detail that make the 6 special.  It's not that you can't use it, it's that you can save a lot of money and get basically the same performance out of the 500s for that amp biggrin.gif

 

I think 6W is into 30ohm.   Or even less.  It has power but it doesn't have the reserves for sustained current delivery and hit the dynamic swings on demand.   I initially thought because the Lyr had balanced tone with HE-6 that it was fine in terms of the power equation but HE-6 just revealed how unrefined it is.  HD800 proved me wrong, it's a lot more refined an amp than HE-6 makes it appear to be, indicating the "lack of refinement" is mostly due to the power requirements of HE-6.  It sounds good....but it just doesn't sound much more special than HE-500. 

 

Lyr's definitely a nice amp overall.  It's not the best but it's darned good for the money.  But it's still not powerful enough to make the most of HE-6.  It gets a lot more out of HD800, and I had to do a lot of A/B tests between that and the 6004 with HD800 to determine where the 6004 shines better than it with HD800 (PM6004 is a $600 mass market speaker integrated and the HP out is just resistors off the main amp, so it's a class above Lyr both in terms of price and scale of economy from D&M...but it has issues with very quiet passages with HD800.)

 

HD800's a strange animal.  The comfort and weight astound me...it's as comfortable as AD700! Maybe even moreso! Out of the box, the sound is every bit as putridly bright and harsh and irritating as I've always believed it to be.  But with some time and care on EQ it can end up sounding more or less similar (as similar as it can be) to HE-6.  The soundstage of HD800 is definitely wider, it sounds like it's coming from farther from the ear.  However in terms of front image I found it benefits almost as much as HE-6 from some stereo image processing.  HE-6 is smoother, HD800 is faster.  HE-6 when fed well has got to be the king of bass...I don't mean "basshead bass" I mean smooth clean, hyper-detailed, fast bass straight to 20Hz.  HD800 is suprisingly great at bass delivery to the point of almost rivaling HE-6, but the big planar driver simply wins at performing down low in ways the smaller dynamic can't.  Conversely HD800 is a better champ at fine microdetail. HE-6 is darned good at that, but 800's speed gives it the edge on microdetail.  I think they're more or less equals, but each wins in different areas, and ultimately both can be just as satisfying.  If I had to pick just one...assuming EQ is allowed, if it was for listing to a full album or two in a session I think I'd take HE-6 and my big power amp.  If it was for wearing it for hours on end, HD800 would win in a heartbeat due to the extreme comfort. 

 

I actually like the PM6004 a lot with HD800, but unfortunately the annoying "crackle" type sounds (a very knowledgable lurker in this thread identified it as possibly being crossover distortion when below -40dB in signal level wink_face.gif ) ruins it for classical, or any recording that has a large DR.  I'm considering a Mjolnir to rectify that..... maybe....  it has the advantage of being a usable secondary amp for HE-6 as well though I suspect the big power amp will still handle them better.

 

 

Either way I don't think the difference is as night and day as "being blown away by a properly amped HE-6"....they're good...they're very good.  They're smoother and ultimately more speaker like.  Though HD800 isn't really that far behind in terms of speaker-likeness if EQd.  I think a speaker afficianado would be more pleased with HE-6 as it will feel much more natural and familiar.  HD800 may still come across as too "headphone sharp."

 

I really like both....I do think I prefer HE-6 overall.  Possibly strongly.  But I'm greatly enjoying HD800 almost as much.

 

 

 

 

IMO it's not so much a question of "better" so much as "preferred sound."  In he bass region, they're technically better.  In most other regions HD800 is technically better.  If you like smooth natural speaker sound, HE-6 is the choice.  If you don't care how much it presents itself like speakers....coin toss.  If you don't have an EQ or some really warm tubes, run, don't walk, from HD800 biggrin.gif  HD800's strength is not it's sound signature, which is awful, it's that it's linear and responsive enough to take any sound signature you EQ it to have....much like HE-6...except HE-6's signature out of the box isn't nerve rattlingly awful like HD800 wink.gif   EQ'd (via an EQ or via tubes/amps/cables/pixie-dust) they can both be great!

 

 

Thanks IEM, great read as always. Plus you've persuaded me to stay well clear of the HD800's. I really don't think they're for me as I love the orthos sound too much  beerchug.gif

post #6902 of 14781
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No problem LB biggrin.gif I've been caught by a similar upgrade bug lately too, though I feel the cure may well involve the number 3...

 You do realise that if you buy the LCD3's then I may have to terminate our friendship cool.gif... Out of pure jealousy biggrin.gif

post #6903 of 14781
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 You do realise that if you buy the LCD3's then I may have to terminate our friendship cool.gif... Out of pure jealousy biggrin.gif

 

You and my wife could start a support group biggrin.gif

post #6904 of 14781
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You and my wife could start a support group biggrin.gif

haha beerchug.gif

 

(make sure you bury the reciept miles away from your house!, My wife thinks the LCD2's (or the silly wood type ones) cost about £150...tongue_smile.gif oop here she comes.. I'm off.

post #6905 of 14781

Found this intriguing SS headphone amp/integrated power amp over on Audiogon although it is brand spankin' new. Comes in black with orange logo as well.

 

 

 

 

It's called the Bakoon Amp-11R. Could this potentially be the holy grail for the HE-6? Srajan tells ya all about it.......http://www.bakoonproducts.com/review/amp-11r-review-6moons/

post #6906 of 14781
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Thanks, yeah I'm tossed between going for the HE6 or HD800... or neither! (why can't we be content with what we've got in this hobby!cool.gif  biggrin.gif ) I don't really want to change my amps as I'm happy with them, and so I'm just wanting to know how much better (if any) the HE6's are to the HD800's when they're speakered up!   
My advice: if you have a powerful enough amp then go with HE-6 if you have a tube amp then go with HD-800 and if you have neither then don't get either! smily_headphones1.gif
post #6907 of 14781

Nice but no balanced connection

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Originally Posted by Dr. Roberts View Post

Found this intriguing SS headphone amp/integrated power amp over on Audiogon although it is brand spankin' new. Comes in black with orange logo as well.

 

 

 

 

It's called the Bakoon Amp-11R. Could this potentially be the holy grail for the HE-6? Srajan tells ya all about it.......http://www.bakoonproducts.com/review/amp-11r-review-6moons/

post #6908 of 14781

Nice, but man, it comes at a price.

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Originally Posted by hawkhead View Post

Nice but no balanced connection

 

Srajan employed an Entreq cable with the HE-6 and had no complaints. 

post #6910 of 14781

and what about to  a DAC ?

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Originally Posted by Dr. Roberts View Post

 

Srajan employed an Entreq cable with the HE-6 and had no complaints. 

post #6911 of 14781
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Originally Posted by hawkhead View Post

and what about to  a DAC ?

 

 

Srajan used a Burson DA-160.

post #6912 of 14781
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Originally Posted by Dr. Roberts View Post

Found this intriguing SS headphone amp/integrated power amp over on Audiogon although it is brand spankin' new. Comes in black with orange logo as well.

 

 

 

 

It's called the Bakoon Amp-11R. Could this potentially be the holy grail for the HE-6? Srajan tells ya all about it.......http://www.bakoonproducts.com/review/amp-11r-review-6moons/

 

 

Looks cool, but there's a little too much stereotypical audiophile voodoo in that thing for me.  Spike feet for SS gear? A 2-box solution for an integrated and a headamp?  Or is one the PSU? And uhm...where's the volume control for the integrated half? On top of all that, the thing looks like an Apple product :) I realize some may see that as a good thing...but it kind of creeps me out biggrin.gif

 

Edit: It helps when one reads the article redface.gif.  That said I had to laugh at the commentary in the article about "Apple approved aluminum" after I already commented it looked like an Apple product.   Great minds....


Edited by IEMCrazy - 10/17/12 at 6:32am
post #6913 of 14781
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Originally Posted by IEMCrazy View Post

 

 

Looks cool, but there's a little too much stereotypical audiophile voodoo in that thing for me.  Spike feet for SS gear? A 2-box solution for an integrated and a headamp?  Or is one the PSU? And uhm...where's the volume control for the integrated half? On top of all that, the thing looks like an Apple product :) I realize some may see that as a good thing...but it kind of creeps me out biggrin.gif

 

Edit: It helps when one reads the article redface.gif.  That said I had to laugh at the commentary in the article about "Apple approved aluminum" after I already commented it looked like an Apple product.   Great minds....

 

From Audio Addiction........

 

"The industrial designer of this amplifier appears to have taken notes from Apple and kept the exterior minimalist to the core. However what I found out when I discussed this with Soo In Chae from Bakoon was in fact quite surprising. Bakoon had designed this shape back in 2009 before the Apple Mac Mini was released. While finalising the design the Mac Mini came out with a difference in width and depth of just one millimeter. It just goes to show that good design is all about getting proportions right. Without any known external influence Soo In had chosen a size ratio that was simple and elegant and timeless. It appears that the designers at Apple had the same idea at the same time separated by 10,000 kilometers."

 

Isn't the DS equipped with spikes?

post #6914 of 14781
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Originally Posted by Dr. Roberts View Post

 

From Audio Addiction........

 

"The industrial designer of this amplifier appears to have taken notes from Apple and kept the exterior minimalist to the core. However what I found out when I discussed this with Soo In Chae from Bakoon was in fact quite surprising. Bakoon had designed this shape back in 2009 before the Apple Mac Mini was released. While finalising the design the Mac Mini came out with a difference in width and depth of just one millimeter. It just goes to show that good design is all about getting proportions right. Without any known external influence Soo In had chosen a size ratio that was simple and elegant and timeless. It appears that the designers at Apple had the same idea at the same time separated by 10,000 kilometers."

 

Isn't the DS equipped with spikes?


Interesting.  Bakoon should be careful...if the Apple legal team takes exception to their almost certainly patented design....  Apple is infamously ruthless in litigating it's IP holdings....original, "borrowed", or even "exists on design boards only."  They're a law firm that also makes electronics mad.gif

 

Yea, DS has spikes.....Ray's not exempt from having too much audiophile voodoo.  I do however think the Bakoon did it purely for aesthetics.  Ray does it for the voodoo.  It's amazing how many folks are convinced that vibration ruins their SS audio. It's amazing how many more will insist on it for headphones as though there's dual subs rattling the floor rolleyes.gif

post #6915 of 14781

and your point is ?

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Srajan used a Burson DA-160.

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