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Understood, thanks a lot for suggestion. One last questions, how do you classify cheap speakers? If I am testing with speakers, I need to make sure they have similar kind of resistance HE-6 has, otherwise max volume will be wrong from this test.

Any speaker that you wouldn't cry over if it got damaged basically. You could even go to GoodWill and buy a pair for $5. Similar resistance doesn't matter. What you're looking for is the signal clipping point, and then not exceeding that volume position on the Lyr (staying well below it actually, since audible clipping is severe to minor clipping). Power isn't an issue here since you have plenty of it.


Edited by brunk - 2/5/14 at 2:25pm
post #2507 of 4872

Thanks, this helps a lot

post #2508 of 4872
Brunk provided excellent advice. I would add a step, though. After you find your max level with the lyr and cheap speakers make sure and turn down the volume on the lyr before hooking up the headphones.

When I am testing a new set up I will typically use a pair of cheap headphones for first testing just in case, for that first headphone listening experience.
post #2509 of 4872
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Brunk provided excellent advice. I would add a step, though. After you find your max level with the lyr and cheap speakers make sure and turn down the volume on the lyr before hooking up the headphones.

When I am testing a new set up I will typically use a pair of cheap headphones for first testing just in case, for that first headphone listening experience.

 

:wink_face: Absolutely! I always use the venerable Senn HD280pro's... for testing anything headphone related. Not the best presentation but indestructible or nearly so for many moons and trials.

post #2510 of 4872

Hope everyone is doing well. I have been looking at getting the He-6.  I would like to run it through the speaker taps and using the adapter from Hifiman.  I have a v200 and MDAC right now but I am reading that this might not get the He-6 to it's full potential. 

 

 So, I have been checking out the Pioneer A-20 Elite series speaker amp.  It's getting good reviews, but it maybe the hype train.  Anyone have any experience with this amplifier? It's priced at $299 and also provides 50wpc.  I would rather feed the He-6 quality 50 watts. 

 

Then there's the Marantz vintage 2250 at similar price.  But it's hard to find in Indonesia.  Getting it shipped here and through customs would not be easy.   

 

I want a nice smooth sound, with good bass impact and proper 3d soundstage.  Also, does the he-6 soundstage have good depth when amped properly? The He-500 seems to lack in the department. 

 

What do you guys think?

 

Thanks

post #2511 of 4872
The Elite might have a better power supply so between the two I would go with the Elite. I have heard a 55wpc Marantz receiver and I was underwhelmed. The soundstage was a two dimensional wall.
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Thanks for your input Happy Camper.  I know you have extensively tested the He-6 with many speaker amps.  Around a budget of $300-$400, which speaker amp would you recommend? I don't listen to the music at loud volumes.  But a good soundstage (3d), good bass with liquid mids and clarity is what I usually enjoy. 

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^ try to find vintage Pioneer (Sx x50) and Sansui (8080 9090) locally of course

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I'm pushing my 1980 Pioneer SX-D7000 out the door this month. Wonder if our member is in SoCal...

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 Wonder if our member is in SoCal

 

I wish... I am on the other side of the world in Indonesia. But thank you.

 

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 try to find vintage Pioneer (Sx x50)

 

Thanks, that's what I have been looking at fleabay recently.  In that regard, the Pioneer 828 has caught my eye. 

post #2516 of 4872
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Thanks for your input Happy Camper.  I know you have extensively tested the He-6 with many speaker amps.  Around a budget of $300-$400, which speaker amp would you recommend? I don't listen to the music at loud volumes.  But a good soundstage (3d), good bass with liquid mids and clarity is what I usually enjoy. 
Of course used will be your best value. A dual mono amp would be your best bet but not likely at that budget. If you like their DSPs, Yamaha would be a nice option. I like my Rotel monoblocks and they can be found when available for about $450 a pair. NAD would be another. Those amps used on planar speakers should offer what the HE needs. Fast current response & enough of it. Otherwise, get as good a power supply as you can for your money as that's what we listen to eventually.
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Of course used will be your best value. A dual mono amp would be your best bet but not likely at that budget. If you like their DSPs, Yamaha would be a nice option. I like my Rotel monoblocks and they can be found when available for about $450 a pair. NAD would be another. Those amps used on planar speakers should offer what the HE needs. Fast current response & enough of it. Otherwise, get as good a power supply as you can for your money as that's what we listen to eventually.

AVRs certainly are an option as their pricing is extremely competitive. You could also try a T-amp too. Good luck with your search!

post #2518 of 4872

^ This. I'd say start with a small T-amp like the Trends 10.2SE, and go up from there. You can easily bring the Trends and the He-6 to audition your next speaker amp :D. 

 

Topping Tp60 is also a good T-amp, but it's not really that compact.

post #2519 of 4872
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^ This. I'd say start with a small T-amp like the Trends 10.2SE, and go up from there. You can easily bring the Trends and the He-6 to audition your next speaker amp :D. 

 

Topping Tp60 is also a good T-amp, but it's not really that compact.

 

The Topping isn't bad with the HE-6, I was using one prior to getting my Taurus MKII. In retrospect, with the benefit of hearing the 6 from the Taurus (which I think is probably still a ways off how good the 6 could sound on the right speaker amps), I would say that the Topping is sufficient to bring the bass, slam and dynamics out of the 6, however the imaging and soundstage and refinement/micro detail will not be approaching their potential. It's a decent stop-gap for the price.

post #2520 of 4872

Hi, I have got a balanced cable from Q-audio which is very comfortable and sounds good. I run my He 6 from a Line Magnetic Audio 216 IA tube amp via he-adapter or balanced from my Taurus mk2 and I think the Taurus has the upper hand. I have been trying balanced and single ended from the Taurus and prefer balanced as it sounds more musical. The tube amp is single ended but quite good also. Tomorrow I will loan an Audio GD Precision 1 which is very powerful but single ended and try this. I have a new pair of Lcd 2.2 and alternate between this and my He 6 depending on the cd I am listening to. Think I will keep both of them since they compliment each other.

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