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post #9841 of 19449
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Originally Posted by ericfarrell85 View Post
 

The HE6 is beginning to settle in after a couple nights worth of continuous burn in. I forgot how new this pair was, and the aggregate total of hours is even now less than 20 hours. I also let my Odyssey energize for 24 hours and certainly there is something positive happening. In some ways I feel this headphone is a yang to the ying of the HE60. Where the Sennheiser grabs you with smooth clarity, allowing the music to come to it (the HD800 is cut from that similar Sennheiser cloth), the HE6 is hyperfocused, and attacks the music, like a runaway train. The details are not there to be  found and picked out, but they bring the listener/observer to the details. It makes for a very exciting sound and there is something sensational and particular to the upper mids that spotlight female vocals. I also find myself increasing the volume, whereas my natural inclination is to lower it. They don't yet grab me like the Sennheisers and the Stax, which adorns the sound with a 'prettiness' not easily described (I think this is tied up with the smooth presentation), but we're definitely moving in the right direction from a few days ago. 

Great description. Hopefully you will be able to nail them down soon enough. Female vocals are just so beautiful and delicate on the HE-6, love it!

post #9842 of 19449
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_polaritycheck.php

 

i did this before with my old headphones.

 

anyways, i tried with HE-6, they are in phase.

post #9843 of 19449

Whew. :tongue_smile:

post #9844 of 19449

I really don't think the HE-6 has a phase issue..  None of the ones I've heard had any issues.

post #9845 of 19449

@ 144 Hours, no complaints...

post #9846 of 19449

I believe the HE-6 is a headphone with  wonderful phase and  very clear and seductive polarity. :D

post #9847 of 19449
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post
 

I believe the HE-6 is a headphone with  wonderful phase and  very clear and seductive polarity. :D

So if you detect a problem, look upstream.

post #9848 of 19449
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Female vocals are just so beautiful and delicate on the HE-6, love it!

 

There is a downside: Eva Cassidy's Autumn leaves from Live at Blues Alley nearly always make me cry

post #9849 of 19449

Another question please, this time regarding cables & mods.

 

1. In this Headfonia article, they say that Hifiman updated their stock cable with silver cable. This was 2 years ago, so unless Hifiman updated their cable again in the meantime, I assume that this has remained the same. That being said, is the stock cable of my HE-6 a silver cable? I find it strange, because in the Hifiman website, it says OCC (single core copper). Exactly what material is the stock cable of HE-6?

http://www.headfonia.com/new-hifiman-cable-and-pads/

 

2. If I were to upgrade the HE-6 with an aftermarket cable, what would be the best choice considering the HE-6's sonic signature?

a) Not upgrade at all, the HE-6's stock cable is as good as it gets

b) Pure copper

c) Silver-plated copper

d) Copper/silver hybrid

e) Pure silver

 

3. Are there any well-known mods (such as replacing pads) for the HE-6 that brings a rather significant upgrade or change in sound, like the Anax mod of HD800 or Lawton mod of Denons? Preferably, without voiding Hifiman's warranty.


Edited by songmic - 10/28/13 at 8:49am
post #9850 of 19449

I would like to suggest listening to the stock cable a bit more and establishing a base signature. Choices A-E will be impacted by your sonic preferences in general with music you love, but also by your source/system.

post #9851 of 19449
I have been considering an aftermarket cable and I only look for pure copper. The last thing I would choose is silver plated copper. These preferences are because HE-6 has slightly too much treble. I prefer the pleather over the velour pads since I get a little more bass (but unfortunately also slightly more upper treble). The "Jergpad" mod for HE-500 might be a good one for the HE-6 also. See link I posted a few days ago.
post #9852 of 19449

I had been warned by a handful of fellow HE-6 owners to stay away from Silver, plated or otherwise. :normal_smile : These cans are said to be a bit bright and that Silver could, well, you know... send one running for cover. I don't particularly care for bright cans. Previously, before my purchase, I listened to the HE-6 in OCC mode for four months.

 

When it came to upgrading my cable, I decided to embrace a touch of Silver anyway. I'm still waiting to hear the cans/cable with my full-time rig (still being temporarily stored) for a final verdict. So far, I have not gone running down the street in horror from the Silver plated Copper cable.

post #9853 of 19449
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post
 

Another question please, this time regarding cables & mods.

 

1. In this Headfonia article, they say that Hifiman updated their stock cable with silver cable. This was 2 years ago, so unless Hifiman updated their cable again in the meantime, I assume that this has remained the same. That being said, is the stock cable of my HE-6 a silver cable? I find it strange, because in the Hifiman website, it says OCC (single core copper). Exactly what material is the stock cable of HE-6?

http://www.headfonia.com/new-hifiman-cable-and-pads/

 

2. If I were to upgrade the HE-6 with an aftermarket cable, what would be the best choice considering the HE-6's sonic signature?

a) Not upgrade at all, the HE-6's stock cable is as good as it gets

b) Pure copper

c) Silver-plated copper

d) Copper/silver hybrid

e) Pure silver

 

3. Are there any well-known mods (such as replacing pads) for the HE-6 that brings a rather significant upgrade or change in sound, like the Anax mod of HD800 or Lawton mod of Denons? Preferably, without voiding Hifiman's warranty.

1) I don't think the HE-6 ever had a silver cable, except for maybe way back when. It is OCC copper, not single core, but single crystal which is a result of the OCC process.

 

2) This is a tough question to answer, but me personally would go with pure copper or pure silver. good SPC is hard to come by, and you can usually get a high quality copper or silver for the price of a hybrid cable. Therefore i recommend choices A & E. One thing i do recommend is to get the cable hardwired, bypassing the shoddy connectors at the cups. I had mine modded by BTG-Audio with a 12ft. Sunset cable for under $300 shipped which is very reasonable. I do plan on experimenting with some 7N UP-OCC silver solid core in the future though.

 

3) As said earlier, hardwiring does bring a sonic difference for me. The Jerg pads might be beneficial as well, I have some on my HE-500, but haven't tried on the HE-6. I keep forgetting to try it lol. All these mods are reversible, so long as you have spare connectors and pads.

post #9854 of 19449

I can't wait to get "hard-wired." :o

post #9855 of 19449
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

The Jerg pads might be beneficial as well, I have some on my HE-500, but haven't tried on the HE-6. I keep forgetting to try it lol. 

 

 

Aww.  This is what I've been waiting for.  Some impressions with the Jerg Pads on the HE-6. 

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