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post #556 of 3119

Thank you once again. Shall remember to use the 8ohm tap but will be using Hifiman's adaptor for ease of use :) 

post #557 of 3119
Shameless plug for my FirstWatt F2 clone, which has been listed for sale/trade in the classified here. It seems to be overkill in terms of power for my LCD-2s and low listening level (average around 80 db). The power-hungry HE-6s should benefit more from this speaker amp designed by Nelson Pass.
post #558 of 3119

Anyone here try the HE-6 with the Mjolnir? I'm interested in hearing feedback on this pairing. beerchug.gif

post #559 of 3119

Fellow member wotts is groovin' to this pairing as I type! Now, if we could just get his attention for a moment...

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post #560 of 3119

Right now I'm powering the HE-6 with a Nuforce Icon2 (not to be confused with the udac2) through a speaker tap. 

post #561 of 3119

Any impressions on performance through the mjolnir?

post #562 of 3119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Right now I'm powering the HE-6 with a Nuforce Icon2 (not to be confused with the udac2) through a speaker tap. 

 

Thought I'd follow up with a pic...

 

LL

headphones: Pioneer HDJ-2000, HiFiMan HE-6, Fostex T50rp

iems: VSonic GR07 and NuForce NE-770X

post #563 of 3119
The Sim Moon Integrated amps sound simply stunning with these fantastic headphones.
post #564 of 3119

So today was an interesting lesson in synergy. I've tried several different amps (feeding a speaker tap) with the HE-6 now, mostly of the vintage variety. My old Harmon Kardon definitely added some thump in the bottom end for a somewhat coloured but fun sound. The Hitachi offered more headroom and clarity and dynamic range, erring on the more neutral side. A beastly Mitsubishi amp with 100W x2 actually sounded the worst, with a congested and grainy sound, as if the signal was shoved through a compressor and lost all dynamic range. My reference point was my Nuforce Icon2 via speaker out, which had the least power and was also the coolest sounding, but perhaps had the best dynamic range. 

post #565 of 3119

All those people who just say "you have to use a speaker amp with the HE6's" are just wrong.

 

The HE6's have to be matched to the RIGHT speaker amp just like any headphone has to matched with the right headphone amp.

 

The HE6's need power, quality and synergy not just power.

post #566 of 3119
Nigel,
Can you recommend a few amps ,then?
post #567 of 3119
Quote:
Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

All those people who just say "you have to use a speaker amp with the HE6's" are just wrong.

 

The HE6's have to be matched to the RIGHT speaker amp just like any headphone has to matched with the right headphone amp.

 

The HE6's need power, quality and synergy not just power.

 

You could substitute any number of headphones for 'HE6' - thats as generic a recommendation as I've seen anywhere. Specific amp recommendations are what's needed here. 

post #568 of 3119

And what kind of minimum power output are we looking at to meet the headphone-amp synergy as closely as possible?

post #569 of 3119

Same as the K1000, look for > 6wpc @ 50 ohms.

post #570 of 3119
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

 

You could substitute any number of headphones for 'HE6' - thats as generic a recommendation as I've seen anywhere. Specific amp recommendations are what's needed here. 

 

Agreed BUT I was replying to those people who think that you can put ANY speaker amp in front of the HE6's and it will automatically sound brilliant and better than any headphone amp can.  

 

The only speaker amps I have heard with the HE6's are an old Rotel and old Nad amps providing 50-80wpc and a new Virtue Sensation M451 Tripath amp with tube buffer and battery power supply and my Audio-gd Master-6 is in a different leauge.

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