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post #316 of 406

i think the he-6 is not as neutral as the he-500.  The he-6 has a more forward treble. however you can eq the he 6s.  Its just my opinion and perception of the 2 headphones.  Even if the he-6 was better (which i don't think it is) i don't think it is good enough for the extra $600 and i dont think you are getting the best value.  the he-6 is also not on par with the headphones of its price range. also the he-6s i find are a bit like the senheiser hd800s in that they are a little tricky to drive as they are inefficient.  the he-500s are a little easier and different amps don't effect sound as much. 

post #317 of 406
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Originally Posted by SO74 View Post

i think the he-6 is not as neutral as the he-500.

My impressions after auditioning the 6 and 500, while owning the 5LE were the opposite. I found the 500 to be a poor compromise in sound by Hifiman. More like a Sennheiser 650 (which I owned for 6 months) sort-of-sound while not retaining the magical qualities of the 6 or 5LE. The 6 is an extraordinary phone if driven by a speaker amp.
Edited by Mambosenior - 6/21/13 at 8:36pm
post #318 of 406
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My impressions after auditioning the 6 and 500, while owning the 5LE were the opposite. I found the 500 to be a poor compromise in sound by Hifiman. More like a Sennheiser 650 (which I owned for 6 months) sort-of-sound while not retaining the magical qualities of the 6 or 5LE. The 6 is an extraordinary phone if driven by a speaker amp.

HE500 was Hifiman's answer to Audeze's LCD2. You can notice HE500's departure from the HE4/5/5LE/6 sound, HE500 is much darker, with a more bloomed and slower lower end, and much more forgiving treble. In fact its tonality shares a lot with LCD2.

 

Sure a parallel can be drawn between HE500 and HD650, but I don't think Sennheiser the brand that was on Fang's mind when he devised and tuned the HE500.


Edited by jerg - 6/21/13 at 10:29pm
post #319 of 406
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HE500 was Hifiman's answer to Audeze's LCD2. You can notice HE500's departure from the HE4/5/5LE/6 sound, HE500 is much darker, with a more bloomed and slower lower end, and much more forgiving treble. In fact its tonality shares a lot with LCD2.

 

Sure a parallel can be drawn between HE500 and HD650, but I don't think Sennheiser the brand that was on Fang's mind when he devised and tuned the HE500.

I Do enjoy that rich audeze sound :P

post #320 of 406

I have try HE-6 with audio GD Master 8 which has very high output power. But i thing it still cant pull out the maximum potential of HE-6 yet.

But if compare to the HE-500 in the same amp. It sure that HE-6 has more clear sound and better dynamic. 

post #321 of 406

If it counts for anything, I preferred the HE-500 (TRS Input) to the HE-6 with speaker taps on the Manley Stingray. Just my two cents.

post #322 of 406

after some listening session of the he-6, he-500 and he-5le;

i think that the he-6 is superior compared to the he-500.

but depending on the records and/or the amplification the he-500 comes very close.

the question is: you have time and Money for a good he-6 setup?

post #323 of 406

Hmm, I just got myself an HE-500 the other day (replacement for my HD650's), and oh my, do they sound good. Still haven't listened enough to both the HE-6 and the HE-500 to know...

post #324 of 406

So, let me ask this. Is the ML Stingray a potent enough speaker amp?

post #325 of 406

From Headfonia....

 

"HIFIMAN HE-6 ON THE SPEAKER TAPS
I’ve always felt that you truly need a low power speaker amp to drive the HE-6 properly, and the Stingray really shines on that task. Though the combination of the Stingray and the Hifiman HE-6 is on the brighter side of things, but the dynamics is all happening when I plugged the HE-6 directly on the speaker taps. Not the slightest sense of under amping. Awesome dynamics, attack, and pace. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the HE-6 being driven with so much authority, even compared to the 4-channel Beta22 that supposedly outputs a total of 50 watts into 8 ohms. Additionally, I’m also getting a good center image from the HE-6 with this combination."

post #326 of 406
Yeah, I just wanted to know of anyone else has heard that combo as well, I A/B'd the HE-500 and the HE-6 off the Stingray, and the HE-6 is not a league above or two/three times as better, when it comes to technicalities.
post #327 of 406
I have read through this thread and I must say am in a state of utter confusion. From what understand from some of the earlier posts the HE-500 and HE-6 are technically very similar, is this correct? How is the $600 price difference justified and why is anyone buying the HE-6?
I have an opportunity to buy either the HE-500 for $575 or HE-6 for $800, so the price for me will be a narrower difference. However, I prefer not to spend even $200 more if I am paying for some sort of marketing hype.

I only own a Little Dot MK VI+ amp, which I have been told is very good with the HE-6.

Any advice or further opinions would be appreciated. Thank you.
post #328 of 406
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

Yeah, I just wanted to know of anyone else has heard that combo as well, I A/B'd the HE-500 and the HE-6 off the Stingray, and the HE-6 is not a league above or two/three times as better, when it comes to technicalities.

 

On that amp.

 

I've done many A/B and IMO the HE-6 "IS" a league above the HE-500 in many ways, including technicalities  YMMV..

post #329 of 406
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Originally Posted by Karllin View Post

I have read through this thread and I must say am in a state of utter confusion. From what understand from some of the earlier posts the HE-500 and HE-6 are technically very similar, is this correct? How is the $600 price difference justified and why is anyone buying the HE-6?
I have an opportunity to buy either the HE-500 for $575 or HE-6 for $800, so the price for me will be a narrower difference. However, I prefer not to spend even $200 more if I am paying for some sort of marketing hype.

I only own a Little Dot MK VI+ amp, which I have been told is very good with the HE-6.

Any advice or further opinions would be appreciated. Thank you.

buy both and try.:biggrin:

i love both but the he-6 is superior

post #330 of 406

The two are fundamentally quite distinct in their treble behaviour and I think that is enough to make people favour one over the other, and vise versa. In terms of other characteristics yes HE6 is superior. But we all know that the tonal balance / sound signature plays a HUGE role in whether or not one would like a pair of headphones, regardless of their finesse.

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