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post #511 of 3127
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elwappo the amp is quite a bit smaller than i thought it was going to be. thats pretty awesome, anymore impressions for us?

 

I posted those pics and then starting writing impressions in the previous post. 

post #512 of 3127
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I posted those pics and then starting writing impressions in the previous post. 

o sorry, hadnt thought to go back to see if youd added anything -_- thanks for the impressions! seems to be a solid amp for very little money for the HE-6s

post #513 of 3127
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

o sorry, hadnt thought to go back to see if youd added anything -_- thanks for the impressions! seems to be a solid amp for very little money for the HE-6

 

I actually added the details after you posted asking for impressions wink.gif,  I posted again so you would see the update biggrin.gif

 

I'm definitely keeping it. Fantastic little amp. Even with speakers, it really sounds amazing! 

post #514 of 3127
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I actually added the details after you posted asking for impressions wink.gif,  I posted again so you would see the update biggrin.gif

 

I'm definitely keeping it. Fantastic little amp. Even with speakers, it really sounds amazing! 

 

any quick words on how it compares to the amps you already had? i see in your profile you have a NFB10 and a LD MKVI+

post #515 of 3127
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any quick words on how it compares to the amps you already had? i see in your profile you have a NFB10 and a LD MKVI+

 

Definitely better than the pioneer SX-990 I have. Much more power and clarity than the NFB-10. MKVI+ should be a fair match up for it. The MKVI+ has a much warmer presentation, but this a-100 has a much more open soundstage and clearer bass. 

post #516 of 3127

I've tried many amps with the HE-6 including a Eddie Current Balancing Act, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a Amp, Headroom Portable Desktop Amp, Nakamichi TA-4A Receiver, Threshold S/200 Amp and Emotiva XDA-2 Amp. My favorite 2 amps are a Pioneer M-22 that I had rebuilt by Amplifier Surgery and a Atma-Sphere S-30 MK II OTL tube amp. I use a HiFiMan HE 4-pin XLR adapter on the Pioneer and a Moon Audio speaker to 4-pin XLR adapter on the Atma-Sphere. Both of these drive the HE-6 beautifully with complementary sound signatures. Surprisingly the Atma-Sphere with all of the tubes runs cooler than the Class A Pioneer. A close second place amp is a rebuilt Pioneer A-27 Integrated that has a headphone jack tied directly to the speaker outputs. I've also kinda liked a Audio Research V70 tube amp hooked up to a ASL UHC signature headphone adapter but while the amp drove the HE-6 well I thought it was a little too lush in the midrange so I don't really use it for the HE-6.

 

I agree with all here that a quality amp drives the HE-6 best off the speaker taps. I no longer am interested in buying or even trying headphone amps now that I've been using power amplifiers with the an adapter.

post #517 of 3127
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Emotiva A-100

 

Thanks for the effort, and congrats on the new amp!

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So after reading through well over half (the second half) of the HE-6 thread, I remembered something from my listening with the HE-6 comparing the B24 and the Dark Star. The pair of HE-6s that i listened to on the Dark Star I'm pretty sure were stock, whereas the pair of HE-6s that i listened to the B24 with, were hardwired. So I'm wondering if maybe getting rid of the SMC connector in the headphone is maybe what caused the major differences that i heard between the two amps, and that it wasn't the amps at all. I don't want to say either way though, as I couldn't be sure till I had another chance like that to compare them

post #519 of 3127
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

So after reading through well over half (the second half) of the HE-6 thread, I remembered something from my listening with the HE-6 comparing the B24 and the Dark Star. The pair of HE-6s that i listened to on the Dark Star I'm pretty sure were stock, whereas the pair of HE-6s that i listened to the B24 with, were hardwired. So I'm wondering if maybe getting rid of the SMC connector in the headphone is maybe what caused the major differences that i heard between the two amps, and that it wasn't the amps at all. I don't want to say either way though, as I couldn't be sure till I had another chance like that to compare them

 

 

How much of a difference would that really make?

post #520 of 3127
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How much of a difference would that really make?

 

Well it could make a pretty big difference. Its not an audio connector. its supposedly a 50ohm RF connector. but i wish i had compared them back to back. But i didnt know that at the time so oh well...

post #521 of 3127

As reported to me by Robert (Aphrodite Cu29), hard wiring the HE-6 makes the cans easier to drive, for one...

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Who will do it?  My cable guy wont touch it.

post #523 of 3127
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Who will do it?  My cable guy wont touch it.

Drew at Moon Audio would be a great place to start.

post #524 of 3127
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Drew at Moon Audio would be a great place to start.

 

Got'cha

post #525 of 3127

Anyone comment on the price of getting it hard wired through them?

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