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Well that's actually why I was thinking of trying it out. I'm finding with some music (i.e. punk rock), I like the treble more on the untamed side of things (still tamed a little though)


Edited by NoxNoctum - 6/17/15 at 7:06am
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Originally Posted by yuhengtiger View Post
 

thank you, this is helpful!

 

 

 

http://imagesia.com/notice-he-6-a_wbnk


Edited by yacine60180 - 6/16/15 at 11:53pm
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In my experience you DO NOT need a speaker amp to tame the highs etc. If you feel HE-6 has too much treble it's because it actually has too much treble IMO. To tame the highs do the "fuzzor" mod. Well, do that mod anyway if you want the best resolution from HE-6 too.

 

When this thread was created - and for a very long time following that too - there was a consensus that you need several Watts to "tame the treble" and cure the "anemic bass". In my opinion these viewpoints are proven wrong. Those who did the "fuzzor" mod don't complain about these issues any longer - for a good reason.

 

There still might be something to using speaker amps, but this is not because they have more power, current or voltage swing. It's because the best high end speaker amps are better sounding than many headphone amps that output the needed power to get proper listening volume without clipping. We are probably talking about 1.5 to 2 Watts in 50 Ohm.

 

Another story is that with speaker amps you might have an issue with adjusting volume because of high gain. With my pre/power combo I can't listen to anything less than moderately loud. A passive pre would likely do the trick. With the headphone output I can fine-tune the volume perfectly from super low to blastingly lound and the sound quality is very, very close to the speaker amp. So - in the practical world I almost only use the headphone output on my Audio-gd Master 6.

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Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

In my experience you DO NOT need a speaker amp to tame the highs etc. If you feel HE-6 has too much treble it's because it actually has too much treble IMO. To tame the highs do the "fuzzor" mod. Well, do that mod anyway if you want the best resolution from HE-6 too.

When this thread was created - and for a very long time following that too - there was a consensus that you need several Watts to "tame the treble" and cure the "anemic bass". In my opinion these viewpoints are proven wrong. Those who did the "fuzzor" mod don't complain about these issues any longer - for a good reason.

There still might be something to using speaker amps, but this is not because they have more power, current or voltage swing. It's because the best high end speaker amps are better sounding than many headphone amps that output the needed power to get proper listening volume without clipping. We are probably talking about 1.5 to 2 Watts in 50 Ohm.

Another story is that with speaker amps you might have an issue with adjusting volume because of high gain. With my pre/power combo I can't listen to anything less than moderately loud. A passive pre would likely do the trick. With the headphone output I can fine-tune the volume perfectly from super low to blastingly lound and the sound quality is very, very close to the speaker amp. So - in the practical world I almost only use the headphone output on my Audio-gd Master 6.
I don't normally agree with you on things but I do for this. Well qualified statements.
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I have no issues with high gain and volume control at lower listening levels on any of my speaker amps. All is good over here.

post #4116 of 4117

Has anyone used a tube speaker amp without a resistance box?  I have a 300B integrated amp with 4/8/16 ohm taps that I would love to try without having to fiddle around with a resistance box, but don't want to damage the amp or HE6.

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I'm no expert. I have read that tube amps with output transformers need the correct impedance, however OTL tube amps doesn't. If your amp has OT's you need a resistor in parallel to match the rated impedance setting on the amp. If not, you put the transformer at risk and bass performance is reduced too.
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