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post #2791 of 4872

Every few weeks or so I feel like i should just chime in and remind people that you don't need a speaker amp for the HE-6 to sound really good.

post #2792 of 4872

I tell the same thing to the guys on the Ferrari forum. that they d'ont need a Ferrari berlinetta f12, a ford focus st is plenty fast. 

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I tell the same thing to the guys on the Ferrari forum. that they d'ont need a Ferrari berlinetta f12, a ford focus st is plenty fast. 
ROFL!
post #2794 of 4872

Armaegis is right imo.  You don't imperatively NEED a speaker amp for the HE-6 to sound good.  Hell, they sound  good out of my V200 and even out of my DV 337 tube amp which (with high gain tubes) outputs about 1.7 WPC.  On the volume I listen and with my type of music I believe many people would be hard pressed to tell the difference vs my 20 W into 50 Ohm pioneer receiver or my F5 clone.

 

But I've found that, depending on music genre and volume you listen to, a speaker amp will typically squeeze out those last 5 or so % extra, especially in the bass region.  It's not volume, it's tight control where power makes most difference imo.  Have t say that I do believe many guys running high gain speaker amps are actually degrading quality.

 

Perhaps there are headphone amps that can get you the same performance than a good speaker amp, don't know, haven't tested them all.  But I do suspect that they'll be seriously more expensive than a good no frills speaker amp that gets you the same performance.

post #2795 of 4872

really enjoying the He-6 / WA5 combo right now (with GSX MK2 as a pre-amp :D)...


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 5/26/14 at 9:24pm
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really enjoying the He-6 / WA5 combo right now (with GSX MK2 as a pre-amp :D)...

 

http://www.pricejapan.com/front/e_good_info.php?code=1255&category=17

 

you need this with your wa5. :tongue_smile:

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really enjoying the He-6 / WA5 combo right now (with GSX MK2 as a pre-amp :D)...


Does that mean you will be selling the Forte ?

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Does that mean you will be selling the Forte ?

 

nah

post #2799 of 4872

There's more than power involved here. Even John Curl himself said so.

 

http://www.parasound.com/pdfs/JCinterview.pdf

 

Its interesting what he said about the internal fuses used for circuit protection.

That they can modulate and distort and are audible? Is this why some people

hear improvementswhen using Hifi Tuning fuses?


Edited by wuwhere - 5/27/14 at 10:55pm
post #2800 of 4872
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There's more than power involved here. Even John Curl himself said so.

 

http://www.parasound.com/pdfs/JCinterview.pdf

 

Its interesting what he said about the internal fuses used for circuit protection.

That they can modulate and distort and are audible? Is this why some people

hear improvementswhen using Hifi Tuning fuses?


Good article but very hard on the eyes. Spa cesin th emiddl eof the sen tence ann oyt hecr apout of  me.

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I liked his admission that test equipment couldn't do what the ear could. Flies in the face of the science templars accusations that human hearing is inferior.
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I liked his admission that test equipment couldn't do what the ear could. Flies in the face of the science templars accusations that human hearing is inferior.

 

 

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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post
 

There's more than power involved here. Even John Curl himself said so.

 

http://www.parasound.com/pdfs/JCinterview.pdf

 

Its interesting what he said about the internal fuses used for circuit protection.

That they can modulate and distort and are audible? Is this why some people

hear improvementswhen using Hifi Tuning fuses?

That was a brillant article, it mentioned that static measurements don't capture what he could hear with his ear, he seemed to use as many sense as he could to get a feel for it, visually spotting the glitches or notches on his meter and then confirming the change in sound with his ear 

 

either way, I'm wondering if I'll eve wind up with the HE 6... my HE 4 works well wonderfully for me atm, espically with my NFb10ES2. I'd still like though to upgrade to a REF 10.32... or a NFB 28... though I'd prefer to skip the NFB 28 and just shoot for the REF 10.32 as It's a different dac implimentation all together 

post #2803 of 4872
There's one for sale here.

Also, if you like the HE-4, you would LOVE the HE-560 wink.gif
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There's one for sale here.

Also, if you like the HE-4, you would LOVE the HE-560 wink.gif

Yes I saw that... I almost died and was tempted to sell a kidney... and I hear some mixed bags about the HE 560, it's on my list of "need to hear firsts" but it does have wood cups which saves me the trouble of having to get customs made for it [like I did with mah HE 4] 

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Yes I saw that... I almost died and was tempted to sell a kidney... and I hear some mixed bags about the HE 560, it's on my list of "need to hear firsts" but it does have wood cups which saves me the trouble of having to get customs made for it [like I did with mah HE 4] 

Hold on to the kidney...you might need a spare someday.  

 

I'll get to audition a 560 next saturday, don't intend to purchase but have to admit that I'm REALLY curious.  A friend whose ears I trust told me that it's not like the 6 but does bridge some of the gap between the other models and the 6 (iirc he owns a 500 and a 5LE).  Anyway, he owns a 6 and wouldn't want to swap but he did say that if he'd have to start from scratch and knowing the commitment the 6 requires to get it to shine, he might forego those last couple of % and save a lot of cash and gear trades.  

 

I dunno, can't envisage selling my 6 but I'm intrigued.  On a side note, I listened to some classical and A/B'd between my HD-800 and my HE-6 last night, it struck me again how the 6 does so many things just right for me.  The HD-800 is unbeatable in  a couple of areas, the HE-6 is just a much better all rounder to my ears and as far as 'euphony' goes, there's simply no comparison.

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