do we ever stop to think that all these varied opinions about these headphones might come down everything BUT the headphones?
for example, with the HE-6, i have owned them since shortly after they were released, and i have gradually come to think of them as the best headphones i've personally ever heard.
when i first bought them i thought they were somewhat thin, bright, and analytical.
but this was down to my rig...
as my rig has improved, so has the HE-6.
each step of the way, as i've removed jitter and distortion from the audio signal, the HE-6 has telegraphed these changes more faithfully than any other headphone.
i now have a headphone rig that blows my mind.
it is almost baffling to hear the clarity, layering, realism, and dynamics from my best cans (HE-6, HE-500, HD800, LCD-3).
i know it's an "LCD-3 lovefest" thread.
so, i'll throw in that I do truly love the LCD-3.
but... the sound i hear now truly makes me wonder how some of those "old headphones" i've sold would now sound on my current rig...
The Beyer T1, for example. i always found them bright.
And i know the quality of a rig cannot change the FR of a headphone. but what it can do is change the perception of that FR.
and quality treble is a lot easier to swallow than hashy treble.
in fact, the quality of treble can become so good that it will almost convert someone into a treble head...
RIG: JPLAY hibernate mode / Vaunix Brick USB Hub / Audiophilleo2 with Pure Power / Bryston BDA-1 DAC / RSA Dark Star (All with Shunyata Hydra power conditioning and power cables, and WireWorld interconnects).