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post #1111 of 2717
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Originally Posted by erikfreedom View Post

 yeah, I spoke with todd on the phone about this setup and indeed I think he spoke about resistors, but I am not 100% sure about this. English is not my first language so I may have overlooked this detail. I think he has talked about a 10 ohm resistor or something.  it will be the first time I plug a headphone on speaker terminals, so yes I am a newbee at this. but the hifiman sound signature is my favorite. I have tried audeze lcd2 rev 2 and did not like them that much. my favorite part of the sound spectrum of an headphone is the midrange presentation. I have an hifiman he 500. it's my favorite headphone. a lot of people here have praised the he 6 midrange presentation as very good. that is why I want them. and I want to make sure they have plenty of power behind them at my first try. I am on a quest for my perfect headphone and I am realising that it is indeed a long journey. but I am getting real close. with the hifiman he 500, I have truly made a giant step in the right direction where my ideal sound lies.

If you are not sure, you can get a he adapter from hifiman.  you will need some speaker cables, but it is a safe and relatively cheap way to go while you explore this. i use one and the sound is just fine, but you need to have some load on the amp i think.  the experts can weigh in here

post #1112 of 2717

I did a bit of research on that TTVJ package amp, and it's described in one place as 8w and another as 10w, which could be due to tube selection. But even if it's rated at 10w into 8 ohms, that's not very much power into 50 ohms. And if it's rated at 8w into 4 ohms...

 

It may actually ending up sounding very good with the HE6, but somebody had to say it cool.gif

post #1113 of 2717
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

I did a bit of research on that TTVJ package amp, and it's described in one place as 8w and another as 10w, which could be due to tube selection. But even if it's rated at 10w into 8 ohms, that's not very much power into 50 ohms. And if it's rated at 8w into 4 ohms...

 

It may actually ending up sounding very good with the HE6, but somebody had to say it cool.gif

Yeah. and what sounds good to one person may not to anther, especially when not feeding HE6 a lot of watts. I know watts are not everything but you may be sacrificing some bass with lower powered amp and maybe even mid-range. Not sure that that is exactly what would happen with that set up, but I think it is worth considering.

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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

I did a bit of research on that TTVJ package amp, and it's described in one place as 8w and another as 10w, which could be due to tube selection. But even if it's rated at 10w into 8 ohms, that's not very much power into 50 ohms. And if it's rated at 8w into 4 ohms...

It may actually ending up sounding very good with the HE6, but somebody had to say it cool.gif

Three of the reviews say it is 10 watts, one of them specifies into 8 ohms.. It is push pull, so the use of the term S.E.T. , for Sophia Electric Technology, seems just odd. There are some upgrade options, including upgrading the coupling capacitors, that seem worthwhile
post #1115 of 2717

Is the HE-6 "Hardwired" by chance?

post #1116 of 2717

No, it has some screw on connectors which are kind of crappy.  They are like a smaller version of a coax connector that you use for cable/satelite TV. Soldering them is a real pain, but they seem to work fine once they are hooked to the headphone. 

post #1117 of 2717
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Originally Posted by Senn-Fi View Post

No, it has some screw on connectors which are kind of crappy.  They are like a smaller version of a coax connector that you use for cable/satelite TV. Soldering them is a real pain, but they seem to work fine once they are hooked to the headphone. 

 

 

Not at all:

 

 

post #1118 of 2717

 

80W balanced class A amp.

Runs HE-6, K1000, Taket H2 & Ergo AMT with ease...

post #1119 of 2717
What sort of custom job amp is that? Looks beastly!
post #1120 of 2717
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Originally Posted by twizzleraddict View Post

What sort of custom job amp is that? Looks beastly!

 

It's a German amp - Mal Valve Headamp three.

post #1121 of 2717
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

But speaker amps do an excellent job driving headphones. I'm listening to the 702 65th An. on my speaker amps and the sound is huge.

The regular 702 also sounds remarkable using a speaker amp. (I would have never guessed this HP has all that bass!)
post #1122 of 2717

At the moment I'm trying out the new Nuforce STA-100 (link) with the HE-6.

 

These are very very early impressions, but some amps are relaxed and musical... not this one. This one grabs you by the boys and demands your attention. Going from direct speaker taps to the HiFiMan adapter trades out the whip for a riding crop. I'm... I'm a little bit afraid blink.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

yes mistress, I'm enjoying the music, please don't hurt me... much...

post #1123 of 2717

I am after a compact solid state amp for my HE-6 so interested in more impression of the STA-100..wink.gif

post #1124 of 2717

My primary amp is the Nuforce Icon2 which I think is fantastic for something the size of a paperback book. It was serving dac and amp duties as a super compact all-in-one solution until I started the silliness of adding the LPS power supply, then an HDP for dac duties (also powered from the LPS, as well as fed digital from the usb bridge), then made a speaker to 4-pin XLR adapter box from a matching Icon case. So my single unit is now a 4 rolleyes.gif

 

I might be making the very irresponsible decision to get a Dacmini PX and try that with the HE-6 from the speaker taps. If I do, I'll write up a shootout of the Icon vs STA vs PX. Assuming you guys are interested of course.

post #1125 of 2717
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

I am after a compact solid state amp for my HE-6 so interested in more impression of the STA-100..wink.gif

The topping isn't compact enough? wink_face.gif.

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