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post #6931 of 15253

That's interesting. I didn't know that on the same side, each magnet bar alternate poles. So when paired together each magnet bar from each side are of opposite poles so they attract?

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I saw it at some obscene time in the morning and I had a serious uncontrolled laugh at the picture with a wrench and a screwdriver and something else when the magnets lined up. 

 

I actually feel a little unsettled knowing  that there is so much power sitting next to my head.

 

Yeah that's actually been discussed before as to if something like HE-6 is even actually safe....it's a little scary to think of the current we're running next to our heads and the amount of EM radiation being beamed a few inches from our brains.  I think I did see an explanation that the metal cage on the inside effectively acts as an absorber for the radiation in the same way the screen in a microwave oven's window works....but it is actually scary and makes one really hope Fang didn't take any shortcuts with that confused_face.gif

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I like my LCD2r2s more and more every time I hear them and the only word that ever comes to mind when I'm asked to describe the sound is "natural". Not dark, but effortless and full of authority and realism.

In my rig, from dark to bright, the HE6 is the most "neutral" (LCD2.1, HE6, HD800/K1000).
And it's still my favorite headphone beerchug.gif



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LOL, Tyll's worst crime was doing his tests/graphs on a headphone amp and coming away with a so-so review of HE-6.  We can forgive the vivisection of an HE-6 for science! wink_face.gif

Agreed, he's doing both the HE6 and himself an injustice by not listening to one at least out of a Darkstar/EF6.
post #6934 of 15253
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post


In my rig, from dark to bright, the HE6 is the most "neutral" (LCD2.1, HE6, HD800/K1000).
 

I definitely agree with that (sans K1000, which I have never been able to hear mad.gif despite my efforts).  I thought The he-6 was very bright until I hooked it up to speakers. 

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This comes as something of a surprise. My Marantz 2285 has developed a slight, but unforgiving buzz in the left channel so alternatively I tried my Zana Deux as preamp into my Beta 22. The sound is undoubtedly impressive, Mike from headphonia once remarked it was the best he'd heard the HE6, but this is no match to my Marantz. From a technicalities viewpoint the detail is a bit more etched and the imaging more pinpoint; but the bombast, the warmth, the thick weighty bass, the dynamics, the wide openness around instruments are quite apart from the Marantz. The vocals are also noticeably more muffled and less euphonic, also less forward than the Marantz. I always believed the synergy of the HE6/Marantz was very good, but was not up to par with say Zana/HD650, Zana/AD2000, CSP2+/Taboo > LCD 2 - this was quite incorrect. The synergy between these components is absolutely top-tier. I've been spoiled immensely by this headphone. 


Edited by ericfarrell85 - 10/19/12 at 9:50pm
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Take your HE down to a top end audio store and put them on a premium amp. You'll get another level of OMG. That pinpoint placement, air around instruments, 3-d depth, dynamics, etc. all go even more impressive than say the Marantz. When prepro and I went to our local store, the Marantz was the base (55 watt receiver) sound. It went up from there. Not to say the Marantz is a slouch either, cause it's not. The performance of the HE-6 is a marvel in the esoteric world of gear. They scale up the way a speaker would. They play nice with mid fi gear but get serious with the big boy toys. One day, having the resources, I will pluck one of these amps and most likely leave here. So if you guys want to collect for the effort.........biggrin.gif

The amps we tried after the Marantz was a Primaluna tube amp and three Sim Audio pieces. Those Sims still stick in my head, especially the 125w Moon Evolution 600i. http://www.simaudio.com/moon600i.htm
post #6937 of 15253
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post


In my rig, from dark to bright, the HE6 is the most "neutral" (LCD2.1, HE6, HD800/K1000).
 

I'm starting to think of the HE6 as the upgrade of the HD600 I had a while back in the warmth but somewhat neutral the HD600 had. With what I'm hearing with the HE6 it has that slight hint of warmth that I really liked about the HD600. 

post #6938 of 15253
That makes sense, and to take it a bit further the LCD2.1 as an upgrade to the HD650, and the HD800 as an upgrade to the SA5000 smily_headphones1.gif
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So if you guys want to collect for the effort.........biggrin.gif
The amps we tried after the Marantz was a Primaluna tube amp and three Sim Audio pieces. Those Sims still stick in my head, especially the 125w Moon Evolution 600i. http://www.simaudio.com/moon600i.htm

The Moon Evolution is what 6k? frown.gif

BHSE first, then if not on the poverty line...
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The Moon Evolution is what 6k? frown.gif
BHSE first, then if not on the poverty line...

Yeah, I know. That's the trouble with going into those stores. I've already gone through my toys to see how I could pull it off but used audio has poor resale right now.
post #6941 of 15253

Took a drive over to Berkeley the other day in order to visit one of their special dispensaries in order to be fully stocked up for when the opportunity presented itself for an intense listening session.  That opportunity came last night.

 

Still lacking the adapter cable to use with the BAT speaker taps, decided to plug the HE-6 into the headphone output of the Leben CS-600 integrated. The Leben is rated at 32 watts into the nominal 8 ohms, and has been retubed with NOS RCA and Sylvania black plates.  One thing for sure, the Leben loves the 50 ohm impedance of the HE-6 since the background was dead silent as opposed to the slight hum heard with the Senns or the Audio Technicas. Not being all that familiar with Ohm's Law, estimated the HE-6 was seeing over 3 watts of tube goodness.

 

Wanted to feed the HiFiMans with the best source material at hand which at this house consists of the Universal Japan SHM-SACD classic rock re- releases played on a Marantz Reference Series SA-7S1 with the gear powered by a PS Audio Premier.

 

Also wanted to hear tracks that are totally familiar, ones that were heard on vinyl when they were initially released. In order to write a proper review, which this is most certainly not, one must take notes, but with only a few leds as a light source, and not being on the Stereophile payroll, having fun was the first priority.

 

Initially listened to "High Tide and Green Grass" by the Stones. The first two cuts exemplify the contrast in just how well some early Stones recordings were produced as well as how badly they could sound as well. The instrumental tracks of "Satisfaction" were recorded in stereo at Chess Studios in Chicago whereas "The Last Time" and the vocal overdubs for (I Can't Get No....) were recorded at RCA Hollywood in mono.

 

Of course Keith's infamous fuzz guitar riff sounded incredibly lifelike, but what struck this listener was how well Brian's rhythm guitar chords along with Ian Stewart's piano, which is buried very deeply in the mix, could be heard and appreciated through the HiFiMANs.  Brian Jones' driving guitar riff in the "Last Time" is incredibly difficult to reproduce correctly on even a hi-end digital rig but with the HE-6/Leben combo, this aficionado was grinning from ear-to-ear.

 

Proceeded to play a series of favorite individual tracks but want to comment specifically on the newly released SACD of the initial effort from Black Sabbath, the very first heavy-metal recording. Oh man, the impact of the first four tracks was incredible.  Perhaps the bass would sound even better from the taps of the BAT, but it is a little difficult to imagine by how much.

 

In conclusion, the HE-6 is obviously a very special headphone. They are neutral with the uncanny ability to get out of the way and allow the music to shine through. Not shine brightly however, but with what might be termed an inner-light.  And what is most impressive, is that the HE-6 is the only headphone this music lover is familiar with that sound like one is listening to a pair of loudspeakers.

 

"This is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship".

post #6942 of 15253
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In my rig, from dark to bright, the HE6 is the most "neutral" (LCD2.1, HE6, HD800/K1000).
 

 

The K1000 are considered "bright" - even more so than the HD800s?  Even on a speaker amp?

 

I still have an interest in the K1000.  

post #6943 of 15253

For what its worth, Here's a K1000 review comparing K1000 to newer Headphones.

hope it helps.

post #6944 of 15253
Skylab loves his Leben. Good to see others making the effort to find the top end of these cans performance. I don't know that we have yet as I'm constantly shown improving levels of performance, only restricted by the gear it's hooked to. When you strap on that BAT, I suspect you will be impressed. Check out a quality recorded live event and hear how articulate the ambient ques are. I think the HE should be nicknamed minimags.
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Skylab loves his Leben. Good to see others making the effort to find the top end of these cans performance. I don't know that we have yet as I'm constantly shown improving levels of performance, only restricted by the gear it's hooked to. When you strap on that BAT, I suspect you will be impressed. Check out a quality recorded live event and hear how articulate the ambient ques are. I think the HE should be nicknamed minimags.

 

Man i would really love to hear them out of an Atma-Sphere amp, too bad there arent any dealers nearby. And their cheapest amp is 4k for the S-30 MkIII.1...but all tube, output transformerless, circlotron...that must be good

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