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post #256 of 381

I think that the HA-160 might have higher output than the A1.


Edited by unspool - 10/13/12 at 11:23pm
post #257 of 381
The A1 has got 100 ohms of output impedance at 15V DC supply rails lmiting the voltage swing. That's why it won't sing with low impedance ortho's.
post #258 of 381
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Originally Posted by Parula View Post

I was running my He-500's from a Beyer A1 and they struggled. I had to set the volume to 4'Oclock. I recently purchased a Woo wa6se and these cans sound wonderful and plenty of volume at 10:00.

 

Wow, you listen loud. I can't set my A1 much above 1 o'clock with the HE-500. I can push it up to 2 o'clock with some discomfort. After that, I would start worrying about permanent hearing damage.

 

Are you hearing a difference in sound with the Woo, or just volume?


Edited by priest - 10/14/12 at 9:04pm
post #259 of 381

Volume pot level much depends on the input source-- for instance how much vrms the dac puts out and the dynamic range of the recording.

post #260 of 381

Interesting, I did not know that. Thanks. At least I don't need to worry about Parula's ears!

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post #261 of 381

Hey guys i know is kind of an old thread. I've had the He-500 for a good while, and i just recently picked up the Hifiman He-6. Been running both Headphones off the Emotiva mini x a-100., hooked to my Ibasso dx100. I will say that the Hifiman He-6, is a fantastic headphone, and that even though it's very pricey the He-500 will get you that Excellent planar sound for  just $699.99. I can't exactly say that the He-6 is a better headphone than the he-500. But i will say i prefer it over the He-500, and it feels a little more athletic in most of my music genres. But it's like what mal said, the He-6 is all about sound signature. I've came to find that the i prefer the sound signature of the HE-6. So in a way i guess you can say the He-6 is a better headphone and in a way you can't. Because til this day i still prefer the He-400 over the He-500, and isn't the He-500 suppose to be a better headphone? I prefer the He-400 for Club Music Electronic RnB Soul, Hiphop, Rap,.  I prefer the He-500 for Alternative rock, and jazz. I mostly listen to jazz though, but i still feel the He-400 gives you that quickness like no other headphone i've owned. Now that i have the He-6, the sound signature "Feels Just right". Therefore i can listen to it with any genre pretty much. For the He-400 it really does make me want to dance to every damn song i listen to. The He-500 just gives you that Sexy imaging I see why people say it's the british sound., The He-6 just feels so balanced and nothings out of place, and it gives you the best imaging and still will have you jamming all night and day. You really can't go wrong with either headphone, if i had to choose to keep one it would be a hard decision but of course now that that i have the he-6 id have to keep it :).


Edited by Poetic - 4/2/13 at 8:15pm
post #262 of 381

Good post

post #263 of 381

Interesting topic.  Both great phones to be sure.  For my part, it wasn't close.  I'm an HE-6 guy by a wide margin.  I live with both and sell both.  I listen to primarily live acoustic music...lot's of jazz and classical, and recordings that were done in an actual space vs. studio booth recordings.  (okay, many are from studios but the generally with the only booth being reserved for the drummer.)  I also tested my Mom on those Cans...the result can be read here:

 

https://stereodesk-com.myshopify.com/blogs/news/7411284-hifiman-sennheiser-ifi-e-mia-famiglia

 

Basically, like Mother like son, though her test was blind, and she knows naught about 'audio'.  That said, she has perfect pitch and knows a fair amount about music.

post #264 of 381

Ive been an Audeze fan and owner for about a year now.  No flames please. biggrin.gif

Last week, I purchased a pair of HE-500's just because.  I have to admit, Im impressed and like them alot.

Long story short, I will receive a new pair of HE-6 phones tomorrow.  Will burn them in for a couple of days straight.

Will compare them to the HE-500 and Audeze LCD3 and report.


Edited by CorvetteGarage - 4/25/13 at 7:26am
post #265 of 381
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Originally Posted by CorvetteGarage View Post

Ive been an Audeze fan and owner for about a year now.  No flames please. biggrin.gif

Last week, I purchased a pair of HE-500's just because I was bored, and I have to admit, Im impressed and like them alot.

So... long story short, I will receive a new pair of HE-6 phones tomorrow.  Will burn them in for a couple of days straight, then take a listen.

Will compare them to the HE-500 and Audeze LCD3 and report.

Hmm, if you're running it off the Darkstar; you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Anxious to hear your impression.

post #266 of 381

 

I took a quick peek (I mean listen) and I like!

I know I should give the HE-6 at least 150 hours of break-in... will get back to you soon with more.

 

Not fair, 2 against 1!  Does the Audeze have a chance???


Edited by CorvetteGarage - 4/18/13 at 10:58am
post #267 of 381

Can I have the phones you don't like? wink.gif

post #268 of 381
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Originally Posted by IcedTea View Post

Can I have the phones you don't like? wink.gif

Hehe, you didnt say "please"...

post #269 of 381

Looking forward to your impressions.  We're getting in our first Mal Valve next week and anticipating  being able to have easy comparisons via all the available inputs.  Now if I can only get my LCD2 back, I'd have a shoot out too.  Personally, I love the delineation of the HE-6 and find it a margin up river from the HE-500.  For me, it's all about what's driving them and what's on the agenda for listening that increases or decreases their relative differences.  One thing is certain, they're all really quite enjoyable to use.

post #270 of 381

I have both headphones. I have had the he 500 for a month. the he 6 for a couple days now. I power them with a schiit lyr. the volume on the lyr is always maxed. i have electro harmonix 6922 tubes. they are inexpensive, good sounding and make no noise at all. dead silent. the volume on my computer goes rarely above 30. it can go to 100. at 30 my skull want to crack. i have heard on this forum people saying that the lyr was not an optimal choice for the he 6. i d'ont know what is an optimal choice, but what i know is that the lyr does an admirable job with this beast of an headphone. i have enough volume room to explode my brain.

 

i prefer the he 6 and not by a small margin at all. by a huge margin. eventually i will learn more about speaker amplifiers and i will go that route, as many people here have done. i am very tempted by a cary audio sli 80. i love the sound of tube amps. i wanted to buy a smaller tube amp but some people have discouraged me telling me that the amp in question might be underpowered.

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