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post #9061 of 15501

I think the LCD1 came out first. In any case even though they both offered orthodynamic headphones at roughly the same time they are companies in different directions. Audeze seems to be focusing on more the high end (in price for sure) with the LCD2 and now the LCD3. At the time 1k headphones wasn't that popular as it is now. Hifiman while it does have a over 1k headphone in price (HE6) they aren't limited to just that audience but they try to have something for every audience with many different price ranges. I don't really see Audeze and Hifiman as true competitors especially when they have completely different signatures to their headphones. 

post #9062 of 15501

Well I think the point was that Hifiman headphones are not cheap Chinese knockoffs of the Audeze.

 

As for if they're competitors or not. I think they clearly are, but if you don't think so I'm not going to argue. Either way, Fang didn't knockoff anything.

post #9063 of 15501

The headphones from both companies are different and both have excellent products.  I think Hifiman has a wider line of different products and is working on new products as well. Audeze also is doing different things and working on a speaker which Fang wants to concentrate on portable audio. Both great products .

post #9064 of 15501
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The headphones from both companies are different and both have excellent products.  I think Hifiman has a wider line of different products and is working on new products as well. Audeze also is doing different things and working on a speaker which Fang wants to concentrate on portable audio. Both great products .

^ Bingo!

post #9065 of 15501

Hello HE-6 fans. Im revisiting the HE-6 again after 2 years and it sure is nice. Before, I was powering it with a Burson 160D, when i was new to this hobby redface.gif at the time i thought they sounded good, but not good enough. Now i have a high end integrated. It has high current, class A, linear PSU, balanced, and 4 caps the size of my fist very_evil_smiley.gif

 

It really is amazing how well these scale and just how natural sounding they really are! I also have the HE-Adapter and can confirm that there is a loss of dynamics and bass after comparing them tapped directly to the speaker posts. I can already tell the stock cable is not very good at all -i get static in my left driver when moving the wires near the connector and occasional hash, pops and ticks -constantly readjusting the connectors.

 

This brings me to a few questions for you owners with aftermarket cables.

 

1) What seems to be the best material to use for the greatest transparency and full sound? Silver, Copper, SPC, or hybrid?

 

2) If i go the DIY route, what are some places that sell high quality wire at great prices?

 

3) Hard-wiring...does this affect the sound at all, other than easier to drive because of the impedance drop? Does it void the warranty?  What methods are used for stress relief?

 

Thanks in advance and i'll shoot some pics later on and share the love beerchug.gif

 

EDIT: I also have a Yulong DA8 incoming as I can also tell the D18 is a bottleneck in my system wink.gif


Edited by brunk - 7/2/13 at 11:14am
post #9066 of 15501

There is a thread about aftermarket cables for the HE-6 (and HE-500) here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/552059/aftermarket-cables-for-the-he-6-he-500-etc#post_7442838

It should be worthwhile to search it for ideas about what to do and where to look ...

post #9067 of 15501
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Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

There is a thread about aftermarket cables for the HE-6 (and HE-500) here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/552059/aftermarket-cables-for-the-he-6-he-500-etc#post_7442838

It should be worthwhile to search it for ideas about what to do and where to look ...

Thanks for that :)

post #9068 of 15501

BTG does pretty good work.

 

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

post #9069 of 15501
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

 

3) Hard-wiring...does this affect the sound at all, other than easier to drive because of the impedance drop? Does it void the warranty?  What methods are used for stress relief?

 

 

 

This one is a question that is about to be answered.  On an initial test on a new pair of HE-6 vs. a well burned in pair of hardwired HE-6s,  It seemed like the new pair was louder and a bit untamed / raw.  The Hardwired pair sound refined / controlled and not as loud.  

 

Now waiting until the new pair have a few hundred hours on the to test again.  Yes you guessed it.  HC and I are at it again..L3000.gif

post #9070 of 15501
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This one is a question that is about to be answered.  On an initial test on a new pair of HE-6 vs. a well burned in pair of hardwired HE-6s,  It seemed like the new pair was louder and a bit untamed / raw.  The Hardwired pair sound refined / controlled and not as loud.  

 

Now waiting until the new pair have a few hundred hours on the to test again.  Yes you guessed it.  HC and I are at it again..L3000.gif

Well i shot Moon and BTG Audio some emails about hardwiring their best cables to the HE-6 and am waiting for their replies. Good to see you guys are giving the HE-6 a run for their money :) I almost went with a Stax setup, but $10k makes it a bit much for a good setup. Maybe the Jade II's will bring down the price of entry....I wonder if Fang might have an amp in the works too. All speculation of course lol.

 

Thanks Preproman, Happy Listening L3000.gif

post #9071 of 15501

Late for the party, but finally found one in the thriftshop..

whew...600pagessss....zzzz.

My darkvoice336 was a joke, ran out of steam in 3secs. blink.gif

 

The audiogd nfb10 in balanced-mode did fairly well, about 6w...

every knob has to be maxed out to get to my listening volume. notbadnotbad. 

Loving this can already...

beerchug.gif

 

Still have a home-amp to cart over to my headfi rig for the moment of truth...hmmmm.

report back later.

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Edited by Lorspeaker - 7/2/13 at 7:02pm
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post #9073 of 15501
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post


This one is a question that is about to be answered.  On an initial test on a new pair of HE-6 vs. a well burned in pair of hardwired HE-6s,  It seemed like the new pair was louder and a bit untamed / raw.  The Hardwired pair sound refined / controlled and not as loud.  

Now waiting until the new pair have a few hundred hours on the to test again.  Yes you guessed it.  HC and I are at it again..L3000.gif
Oops, guess I need to put them back on. They've been off while painting.
post #9074 of 15501

So...what are some good albums that show the HE-6's? I recommend trying an album from Dead Can Dance.

post #9075 of 15501

The inexpensive cambridge 340A amp is known to be a musical british amp, 40w x2 

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue21/azur340.htm

Barely need to wind up the volume knob a quarter,( with the dac on high gain)

and i get a reasonably rich, loud sound coming out of this baby.

Definitely more musical than from the nfb10.  

 

With the dac on Lo gain, i need to move the cambridge up to 12 o clock,

the sound is airier...v nice indeed.

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