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My He-6 is on the way!

 

I got 4 banana plugs waiting already. Together with a list of modestly priced integrated speaker amp to try. My first plan is to buy a T-amp (Topping Tp60) and a NAD 326BEE (50 wpc). The NAD cost 2x the T-amp, but I got 30d home trial so I should take advantage of that. 

 

Did anyone try the he-6 on modern budget integrated speaker amp? (i.e. Nad, Rotel, Cambridge). Should I try modern a/v receiver or should I just stick to speaker amp? I know Pioneer/Marantz/Yamaha makes some beastly vintage receivers, but I haven't heard much about the current stuff.


Edited by khaine1711 - 2/4/13 at 2:51pm
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

My He-6 is on the way!

 

I got 4 banana plugs waiting already. Together with a list of modestly priced integrated speaker amp to try. My first plan is to buy a T-amp (Topping Tp60) and a NAD 326BEE (50 wpc). The NAD cost 2x the T-amp, but I got 30d home trial so I should take advantage of that. 

 

Did anyone try the he-6 on modern budget integrated speaker amp? (i.e. Nad, Rotel, Cambridge). Should I try modern a/v receiver or should I just stick to speaker amp? I know Pioneer/Marantz/Yamaha makes some beastly vintage receivers, but I haven't heard much about the current stuff.

I heard it on a 320BEE and it was excellent. I would think the extra wattage of the 326BEE would work better.

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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

My He-6 is on the way!

 

I got 4 banana plugs waiting already. Together with a list of modestly priced integrated speaker amp to try. My first plan is to buy a T-amp (Topping Tp60) and a NAD 326BEE (50 wpc). The NAD cost 2x the T-amp, but I got 30d home trial so I should take advantage of that. 

 

Did anyone try the he-6 on modern budget integrated speaker amp? (i.e. Nad, Rotel, Cambridge). Should I try modern a/v receiver or should I just stick to speaker amp? I know Pioneer/Marantz/Yamaha makes some beastly vintage receivers, but I haven't heard much about the current stuff.

I think the HE-6 is incredibly transparent and super resolving. If you put anything upstream that's not in high end territory, you will hear the limitations: veil, noise, grainy mids etc. etc. In other words: I wouldn't go for any (run off the mill) budget amp. If you want to save money, get a high quality amp used or at a good discount. Also - the DAC and transport should be of high standards. In other words, you are now dealing with limitations in the rest of your setup which may be revealed when you put the HE-6 on your head and listen ...

 

I should of course add that I haven't heard the units you are asking about and that this is only a general comment.


Edited by LarsHP - 2/4/13 at 3:05pm
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How does it fair against your vintage receivers though? I'm wondering coz I just saw a Marantz 2220 (non B) on ebay for roughly same price as the Nad 326.

 

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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

I heard it on a 320BEE and it was excellent. I would think the extra wattage of the 326BEE would work better.

post #8105 of 15369
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Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

I think the HE-6 is incredibly transparent and super resolving. If you put anything upstream that's not in high end territory, you will hear the limitations: veil, noise, grainy mids etc. etc. In other words: I wouldn't go for any (run off the mill) budget amp. If you want to save money, get a high quality amp used or at a good discount. Also - the DAC and transport should be of high standards. In other words, you are now dealing with limitations in the rest of your setup which may be revealed when you put the HE-6 on your head and listen ...

 

I should of course add that I haven't heard the units you are asking about and that this is only a general comment.

 

 

Agreed ^^^^

 

Also Happy Camper has a pair of Rotel Mono Blocks 125wpc.  The soundstage on those little things are pretty big.  Now auditioning different DACS to find a good fit.

 

So yes, every part of your audio chain matters just as much as the other.

post #8106 of 15369

preproman, is your cabling for the HE-6 Silver, Silver-clad Copper or Copper? I'm sure you revealed all this previously. But, being "Silent" requires a lot of time, energy and focus. rolleyes.gif

 

I've had my BIG toe inside the HiFiMan pool for awhile now. Maybe getting close to putting both feet in and going for a swim.


Edited by Silent One - 2/4/13 at 3:24pm
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Agreed ^^^^

 

Also Happy Camper has a pair of Rotel Mono Blocks 125wpc.  The soundstage on those little things are pretty big.  Now auditioning different DACS to find a good fit.

 

So yes, every part of your audio chain matters just as much as the other.


Yea I know I won't be doing the He-6 justice atm. When I get back home I'll have the chance to try it with some nice pow amp (Accuphase, Mcintosh and stuff). Right now I just want to find the best sound quality without killing my wallet tongue_smile.gif.

 

Btw what do you think about the M51 vs PWD mk2? SQ-wise is the mk2 worth the extra bucks?

post #8108 of 15369

and the Silent One Speaks.......

 

I'm in the market now.  Trying to decide.  I think I'm going with Silver/Copper.  To be more specific the Reign Cable from Norse Cables.

 

http://www.norseaudio.com/ReignGallery01.html

post #8109 of 15369
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post


Yea I know I won't be doing the He-6 justice atm. When I get back home I'll have the chance to try it with some nice pow amp (Accuphase, Mcintosh and stuff). Right now I just want to find the best sound quality without killing my wallet tongue_smile.gif.

 

Btw what do you think about the M51 vs PWD mk2? SQ-wise is the mk2 worth the extra bucks?

 

Not worth the 4K asking price.  However, you can get them all day for 2.5K and below on AudioGon - and yes, it's worth that in spades and it pairs very well with the HE-6.  The M51 is a pretty good amp as well.  The PDW2 is a small step ahead IMO.

post #8110 of 15369
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How does it fair against your vintage receivers though? I'm wondering coz I just saw a Marantz 2220 (non B) on ebay for roughly same price as the Nad 326.

 

I did not like it on the 220B I owned and loved it on the Pioneer SX980. If wI was to do the hE6 again I would be looking for a Pioneer SX950. The 50 series is more had more detail and is more transparent.  The only problem with NAD is they had a run of lots of their BEE a,ps failing and is always lots of refurbished stuff. Not sure if they fixed that issue or not. I liked the 320BEE I heard it on but I thought the Pioneer was better IMO. The 2220B I did not care for using the HE6 is why I sold mine. I even preferred it on my SX650 but liked the additional power of the SX980

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and the Silent One Speaks.......

 

I'm in the market now.  Trying to decide.  I think I'm going with Silver/Copper.  To be more specific the Reign Cable from Norse Cables.

 

http://www.norseaudio.com/ReignGallery01.html

 

So, how many Grams lighter :thumb: would the Reign Series 24 Reference cable make your wallet...is the price known yet? 

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

 

So, how many Grams lighter :thumb: would the Reign Series 24 Reference cable make your wallet...is the price known yet? 

 

Special pricingbiggrin.gif  Plus I get mine DIY style so I can get them hardwired.


Edited by preproman - 2/4/13 at 4:12pm
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This going in hardwired?
post #8114 of 15369

Yes..

post #8115 of 15369
Send him your amp and have it hardwired at both ends. biggrin.gif Mercy man, I like how you roll.
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