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Please Don't Kill Me. Need Amp for HiFiMAN HE-6 Prototype.

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Yes. These are the notoriously hard-to-drive prototype HiFiMAN HE-6 planar headphones.

 

Yes. I do need a new amp dedicated solely to them.

 

And yes. I am on a budget. Although I can stretch to around $500, "the cheaper the better" as long as the headphones are adequately driven.

 

Suggestions? Thank you.

post #2 of 20

You will need a speaker amp to drive those prototypes. My Taboo could not so I would suggest powerful 50W or more vintage or current speaker amp using a pigtail for them. My Outlaw 2150RR drove them when I owned it and that was a 100W receiver. If vVintage check out the Pioneer Sansui and Marantz 71-79 receivers but get something powerful

post #3 of 20
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Any suggestions for a dedicated speaker amp? I don't think I will need the spiffy extras of a receiver.
 

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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

You will need a speaker amp to drive those prototypes. My Taboo could not so I would suggest powerful 50W or more vintage or current speaker amp using a pigtail for them. My Outlaw 2150RR drove them when I owned it and that was a 100W receiver. If vVintage check out the Pioneer Sansui and Marantz 71-79 receivers but get something powerful

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Any suggestions for a dedicated speaker amp? I don't think I will need the spiffy extras of a receiver.
 



Try the budget NAD intergrated amps the 316BEE worked with it ans is only 349.00

post #5 of 20
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Looks interesting! How exactly would you connect the HE-6 to the speaker output?
 

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Try the budget NAD intergrated amps the 316BEE worked with it ans is only 349.00



 

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hmm. How would the Schiit Lyr do?

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by theleonlion View Post

Hmm. How would the Schiit Lyr do?


I was going to suggest this, until they stated needing something along the lines of 50W or more.  I think the Lyr is 6W into 32ohms.

 

... unless I'm missing something here.


Edited by sridhar3 - 4/11/11 at 7:55pm
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by theleonlion View Post

Looks interesting! How exactly would you connect the HE-6 to the speaker output?
 



 


HighFlight makes a pigtail for the HE6 and it works well. You just connect it as you would speakers. Simple and it would work with the proto. It sounded very good when I heard it in the loaner program as Baka1969 used it. You get one at audio advisor with a 30 day return policy.

 

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by theleonlion View Post

Hmm. How would the Schiit Lyr do?



The thing to remember is the proto is not the finished product and is much more difficult to drive. I would use more watts than the Lyr and go with the NAD. Shoot Ron member highflight a PM for the pigtail.

post #10 of 20

Quote:Originally Posted by Frank I 




"HighFlight makes a pigtail for the HE6 and it works well. You just connect it as you would speakers. Simple and it would work with the proto. It sounded very good when I heard it in the loaner program as Baka1969 used it. You get one at audio advisor with a 30 day return policy."


The prototypes need a nuclear power plant to drive those puppies. I used the NAD as Frank said. The 316BEE is a 40 watt amp @ 8Ohms and the prototype used a good deal of it but did drive them quite well. Give serious thought to a '70s vintage reciever too. Just be cautious about it's condition since you won't have a warranty with it.

post #11 of 20

Virtue Audio 2.2 works very well for me.   No frills, 45 wpc.   There are several HE-6 owners using it that I know of.  They have a 30 day trial/return policy.  This amplifier can only be used with balanced phones however.   http://tinyurl.com/666u7vs
 

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Originally Posted by theleonlion View Post

Any suggestions for a dedicated speaker amp? I don't think I will need the spiffy extras of a receiver.
 



 

post #12 of 20

Get your speaker amp cable and take your HE-6 to an A/V shop. Keep the volume to minimal when turning on and prepare to grin. I'd also recommend at least trying a 100 watt amp just to hear them. You can get by with less wattage if your amp is a high current design. The openness and clarity is almost like speakers.

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by HiFlight View Post

Virtue Audio 2.2 works very well for me.   No frills, 45 wpc.   There are several HE-6 owners using it that I know of.  They have a 30 day trial/return policy.  This amplifier can only be used with balanced phones however.   http://tinyurl.com/666u7vs
 


Hey thanks HiFlight, there goes another $450 for me :-) 

 

Quick question on these and the HE-6. How many steps up on this amp do you go to get to normal listening levels? How many steps are there total? Thanks!!!!

 

post #14 of 20

If you wish to spend a bit less money get a vintage receiver form the 70's like a Marantz 2230 or similar, this can be bought for under $100 in very good condition. Another option would be a HLLY T-Amp 20, with 20 wpc for about $120 it represents a good value. Good luck.

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 

I think I'll have to go for the NAD C 316BEE unless someone convinces me otherwise.

 

I'd hate to derail this thread but could someone quickly outline the major differences between the prototype and production versions?

 

Thank you!

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