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Quote:

Originally posted by DavidMahler:
 

Can anyone help me with this issue:

 

I put this thread up regarding the HE-6 headband and it has me a little baffled

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/522451/he-6-hifiman-headband-issue

 

I replied, but I'm baffled as to why you have 2 accounts.


Edited by Maxvla - 11/11/10 at 8:28pm
post #737 of 15253

Haha, sorry DavidMahler is my boyfriend.........this is Clarissa, we share a computer.

post #738 of 15253

Here there ya go, this is my user name.........

 

I'm new to the community, but I'm David's fiance.....sorry for the confusion.

 

We both collect audio gear:-)

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Anybody know how well the HE-6 pair with a WA5LE?

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I'm not technical so don't ask me to interpret the numbers, but according to Yoshi, the headphone output on the Leben is 1.0W/100dB, 30 - 40 ohms.  The speaker output is 15W into 4/6/8 ohms which is switch selectable, and from what I'm told since I'm running 5751 tubes the speaker output should be around 12-13W.  I just gave the HE6's another listen... I guess I listen a little louder than some, but with dial at 12:00 I'm getting 70 - 74 db peaks.  Once I get it past 12 in the 2-3 o'clock range I hear a little distortion, in fact depending on the song I hear distortion at 12:00.  For me it's not a big deal, I bought the HE6's to use with the Leben's speaker output anyway.  I was bummed when they decided not to include the speaker output attachment with the production version.

post #743 of 15253

MORE IMPRESSIONS:

 

I still can't make it down the stairs to listen to my PWD > ZDT, because my chronic tendonitis is acting up.  So, I'm still listening in my bedroom rig with 72 hours of burn-in.  Not much change since last night, with most of the changes by 24-48 hours.

 

I've compared them to my Westone ES5 custom IEM tonight and would say the HE-6 remind me the most of the ES5 in terms of clarity, silky smooth treble, deep bass, rich mids, transparency and speed, but the HE-6 are a little more forward than the ES5, although not as forward as my Grado HF-2 or ESW10JPN.  I'd put the degree of forwardness in the middle or average range of phones, along with my HD600 - where the RS-1/HF-2/O2 Mk2 are more forward, and the stock D7000, LCD-2 or O2 Mk1 are less forward sounding.  I should note my Westone ES3X IEM are more forward sounding than the ES5, but I have not compared them to the HE-6 yet.  I believe that the ESX will still sound more forward than the HE-6.

 

I have to admit that the original HE-5/EF5 amp combo that I compared to tonight is still quite good as well.  But the HE-6 improves the mids and fills them out and makes them fuller and more solid, the soundstage is more expansive but cohesive at the same time, and the highs are a bit smoother with better transparency all around.  The HE-5 have a little bit of a U-shaped frequency response with less mids, while still having forward bass and treble that puts some instruments on different planes.  The HE-5 LE fixed this issue, but the HE-6 improved that as well, all the while fixing the slightly laid back highs that the HE-5 LE had in comparison to the original.  

 

Because of the U-shape response, both the HE-5 LE and HE-6 are a little more forward than my original HE-5, but not nearly as forward as my Grado HF-2 which are completely shamed by any of the HE-x series in terms of speed, detail, clarity, transparency, and soundstage.  The HE series makes my HF-2 sound muddy and bloated in comparison, and I now have to listen to the HF-2 as my first phone of the day to enjoy them.  They also make my HD600 sound veiled and slow in comparison.

 

For those that can't afford the HE-6, a re-cabled HE-5 LE is still a good alternative for a similar sound.  Out of my ZDT amp several people at RMAF agreed that my HE-5 LE were a better match than the LCD-2 were.  Just as the HE-5 LE was an evolutionary improvement over the original HE-5, the HE-6 is an evolutionary improvement over the HE-5 LE, that restores some of the air, sparkle and transparency that the HE-5 LE gave up over the original in an effort to smooth out the highs and fix the shallow hole in the mids and soundstage.

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

MORE IMPRESSIONS:

 

I've compared them to my Westone ES5 custom IEM tonight and would say the HE-6 remind me the most of the ES5 in terms of clarity, silky smooth treble, deep bass, rich mids, transparency and speed, but the HE-6 are a little more forward than the ES5


Anything you find the HE6 to do better than the ES5?  If not, it's beginning to sound like having an LCD2 and ES5 would be a winning 1-2 punch.

post #745 of 15253

sounds very good, that HE6 are similar to ES5. Thank God I have  the JH13,don't want the new phones to sound like the phones I own. 

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

MORE IMPRESSIONS:

 

For those that can't afford the HE-6, a re-cabled HE-5 LE is still a good alternative for a similar sound.  Out of my ZDT amp several people at RMAF agreed that my HE-5 LE were a better match than the LCD-2 were.  Just as the HE-5 LE was an evolutionary improvement over the original HE-5, the HE-6 is an evolutionary improvement over the HE-5 LE, that restores some of the air, sparkle and transparency that the HE-5 LE gave up over the original in an effort to smooth out the highs and fix the shallow hole in the mids and soundstage.


Thanks for your impressions. I am really not sure if I should go for the HE-6 since I enjoy my HE-5 LE so much (and the HE-6 are still 900$!). When I passed from the HE-5 to the HE-5 LE I remember I could not hear so much difference between the two, except for the sometime excessive brightness that disappeared. 

 

Do you feel there is a difference in the presentation of bass ?

post #747 of 15253

I just listened to my HE-6 for the first time. It's going to be a bit hard for me to write up impressions for the time being, as I'm too busy enjoying what I'm hearing. These are PHENOMENAL. I prefer them to the LCD-2, and here's why: The highs are some of the sweetest and most magical I've ever heard.

 

Oh, and that's out of the Concerto single-ended.

post #748 of 15253

^ How does it compare to your Stax SR-507?  

post #749 of 15253

Here are some poorly-taken camera-phone pictures of my HE-6. The marks on the case and headphones are just finger prints that the camera is picking up:

 

HE6_1.jpg

 

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Orthodynamic Flagships

 

Thought I'd take some side-by-side pictures of my LCD-2 and HE-6.

 

Orthos5.jpg

 

Orthos4.jpg

 

Orthos1.jpg

 

Orthos2.jpg

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