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post #751 of 903

Threads like this is why I remind myself I need to ignore this site and run away.

 

immtbiker, you had me practically drooling when you said LCD-2 killer.  I obviously want to be able to hear both (here's to hoping that's in the cards at the next NY Meet).  I'm a little sad I live so close Fang but have never had the honor to go there.  Then again, I might be even more broke.  And I thought drugs were an expensive hobby 

post #752 of 903
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post

Is anyone still interested in my review of the HE6 prototype?  It's almost done, but if no one really cares, then I won't take the time to polish it up and post it. 


I would still like to read what you thought about them.

post #753 of 903

It would be really cool if the production versions went "on tour" to follow the prototypes around. It would fulfill the original goals of the loaner program and also allow comparative impressions and reviews here at Head-fi, everybody wins 


Edited by grokit - 10/4/10 at 11:11pm
post #754 of 903

Does anyone know the impedance / sensitivity of the new version since at least the latter has changed from the loaner pair? Sorry if it was posted, I haven't read the last couple pages.

 

Edit: Nevermind supposedly its about the same sensitivity as the he5-le from the post in the EU thread.


Edited by Pyriel0 - 10/5/10 at 4:29pm
post #755 of 903

When is fang taking pre orders for this

post #756 of 903

Hey Aaron. Great impressions, really tempting me to fork out the money for these! I have a question for you. Do you think a WA6 (PDPS) or Mad Ear+ would power the newer production model well? It's just I am looking for an amp now and want to make sure that it will power these bad boys.

post #757 of 903
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Just for balance, I shall take an opposing view to immtbiker's and call the HE-6s over-hyped after they reach final production. We can have a massive fight over which is better on the forums and then settle it with an arm wrestle at Canjam 2011. wink.gif




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immtbiker with the HE-6 in one corner and kwarth with the LCD-2 in the other.  they've already set a precedent.

Add Jude in the HD 800 corner.

post #758 of 903
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post

Is anyone still interested in my review of the HE6 prototype?  It's almost done, but if no one really cares, then I won't take the time to polish it up and post it. 



I'm interested.

 

Have you heard the LCD-2 yet?

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I just got the obsolete protos in today, and while I won't bother with an actual review, I have had a chance to gather some early impressions with a variety of amps. Just listening to vinyl so far, but I can see that while it's not that hard to get them going, really lighting them up is another story.

 

On my WA22 I can see where they got that clinical reputation. They took the volume to about 3:30 with the 7236 tubes and the phono stage level boosted a bit, and they reminded me of my HD800 somewhat but I am not driving the HD800 balanced yet so it's not a fair comparison; the HD800 only needs to go to 11:30 on the dial. Then I hooked up the speaker adapter to a Cityspot 20wpc t-amp and the bass blew up and detail/refinement suffered, that was a fail IME.

 

After that I hooked up to an old 50wpc Alesis RA100 pro audio SS power amp, and even single-ended through a Pro-ject switchbox these protos really took off. The bass was clean and fully extended which reminded me of the LCD-2, but the rest of the spectrum was represented equally well so the similarities ended there. There was no annoying lower mid emphasis, and nothing sucked out of the upper mids either.

 

I would have to say that the balance was perfect and the clinical sound was gone, they do get more musical when fully powered. This really is a good combo, and the Alesis was dirt cheap in its day for what it is. I would be tempted to buy these (if it was possible) for no other reason than to have an excuse to keep the Alesis out of storage.

 

I will also try my EF5 with these, as I have a Black Dragon SE adapter on hand. I was surprised that the HE-6 didn't come with an SE adapter, I thought they would for some reason. I am looking forward to hearing them with digital sources as well, and I will probably try my secondary A/V receiver with them.

 

I do have a couple of questions about the production model. Obviously one of the ways they were able to lower the cost was to get rid of the custom-tooled leather and paint or plate or anodize these babies instead; no one seems to mind (I know I don't). Another way is to make them available to more people by making them easier to drive, a gamble that counts on quantity of scale to make up for a lower margin.

 

Are the drivers still made of gold or did they change? I wouldn't be surprised if they did, as they reportedly sound totally different and are more efficient.

 

But my most critical question is:

 

Does anybody know if the USA loaner programs will get the production version for evaluation?


Edited by grokit - 10/5/10 at 10:28pm
post #760 of 903
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I just got the obsolete protos in today...I will also try my EF5 with these, as I have a Black Dragon SE adapter on hand. I was surprised that the HE-6 didn't come with an SE adapter, I thought they would for some reason. I am looking forward to hearing them with digital sources as well, and I will probably try my secondary A/V receiver with them.


The loaner set I got in the "west" did have an SE adapter included, along with the speaker pigtail adapter.

post #761 of 903

How did the SE adaptor find it's way back to my desk?  woops.  Do you have a use for it?  Let me know and I'll ship it tomorrow.  

post #762 of 903
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I'm interested.

 

Have you heard the LCD-2 yet?



Cool I'll get my polishing rag out of the closet.  No, I haven't heard the LCD2 yet!  Judging by what everyone says, they seem perfect for me though.  All the references to great tone and midrange.  And if a headphone is considered by some head-fiers to be rolled off on top with too much bass, that is generally a good thing for me as my problem with most good headphones is too much treble. 

post #763 of 903

 

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How did the SE adaptor find it's way back to my desk?  woops.  Do you have a use for it?  Let me know and I'll ship it tomorrow.  


Well I just told kwkarth that I can ship Friday to get these back on track but I haven't heard back from him yet. I would say hold off for now, and I will send you his address or whatever address I end up sending these to and you can forward the adapter along to the next participant, since I have my own. 

 

Also I still need your email address for PayPal 

 

PS: my spell check suggested swarthy and warthog to correct the spelling of kwkarth, not too shabby 

post #764 of 903
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post





Cool I'll get my polishing rag out of the closet.  No, I haven't heard the LCD2 yet!  Judging by what everyone says, they seem perfect for me though.  All the references to great tone and midrange.  And if a headphone is considered by some head-fiers to be rolled off on top with too much bass, that is generally a good thing for me as my problem with most good headphones is too much treble. 

Then I suggest you that you seek out a set of LCD-2s and give them a whirl.
 

post #765 of 903

Come on down to the NYC Fall meet. I can offer you a nice leather couch to rest your weary bum on. That way, you'll also get to hear the other headphones too, without

worrying about fees and hold-ups. 8 hours from Montreal, or take an express choo-choo.

 

 

Deew-eet!

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