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If you buy a EF6, choose he6

post #152 of 244

I agree with earlier comments of the HE6 being particularly well-suited to movies and soundtracks. For me, it has a lot to do with their large, open presentation and visceral bass.

post #153 of 244
I concur, I've yet to hear better headphones for movies, I can use them instead of my main HT system and I don't feel like I'm missing a thing (except the physical impact from my big subs).
post #154 of 244

Are the photos of the drivers inside those HE6? I'm intrigued.. Want to see the technology used.

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he-6_driver.jpg
About as close as I could find: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Head-Direct/HE-6/images/he-6_driver.jpg


Certainly looks much sexier than what my HE-400's look under the pad lol.

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Certainly looks much sexier than what my HE-400's look under the pad lol.



That's because that's real gold. A little bling never hurts.

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That's because that's real gold. A little bling never hurts.



Nah not just that... There's plastic reinforcements for the magnets in the 400's instead of metal ones here. The aluminum traces on mine look like they are glued on, unlike the properly plated gold traces on these. Just in general the HE400's look crappy under the hood in comparison even if we disregard the gold application here.

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Nah not just that... There's plastic reinforcements for the magnets in the 400's instead of metal ones here. The aluminum traces on mine look like they are glued on, unlike the properly plated gold traces on these. Just in general the HE400's look crappy under the hood in comparison even if we disregard the gold application here.



Recently received the HE-500's (replacing my problematic HE-400's) and see and feel a distinct difference in overall build quality.  Much more solid inside and even the plastic bits seem more rigid. Not to mention they sound very, very good. While there is no excuse for the lack of QC and the cluster **** attempt at getting owners to self-repair defective product, the HE-400's are clearly built to a budget price point with a different ODM.  As I have stated in the past, while not wart free, they sounded pretty damn good -- especially when the price was factored in.   

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Recently received the HE-500's (replacing my problematic HE-400's) and see and feel a distinct difference in overall build quality.  Much more solid inside and even the plastic bits seem more rigid. Not to mention they sound very, very good. While there is no excuse for the lack of QC and the cluster **** attempt at getting owners to self-repair defective product, the HE-400's are clearly built to a budget price point with a different ODM.  As I have stated in the past, while not wart free, they sounded pretty damn good -- especially when the price was factored in.   



Oh definitely, I really quite enjoy them, especially after now about 80 hours of burn-in, everything's stabilized and treble is blissfully smooth compared to how it was out of the box, and mids are quite natural now with majority of the cupped sound gone.

 

I don't really see much room for complaint for my pair... honestly the build feels way more solid than any major brand headphone I've handled. But I guess for a planar magnetic headphone not to implode they need such a rigid design.

 

Ugh I wish I did not look under the pads though, it seriously looked ugly down there lol. Could you take a picture of what your HE-500 driver looks like under the pad sometime? Just curious.

post #161 of 244

I just received my EF-6 amplifier. It's a shame my HE-6 are still overseas...

 

Initial impressions: This thing runs HOT! Like, Schiit hot and beyond.

 

This thing has enough power output to make my woodied MS2i drivers play at volumes that seem more appropriate for speakers. I predict that'll be just about enough power for the HE-6. ;)

 

I'll post some actual impressions once the HE-6 arrive. :P

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Oh definitely, I really quite enjoy them, especially after now about 80 hours of burn-in, everything's stabilized and treble is blissfully smooth compared to how it was out of the box, and mids are quite natural now with majority of the cupped sound gone.

 

I don't really see much room for complaint for my pair... honestly the build feels way more solid than any major brand headphone I've handled. But I guess for a planar magnetic headphone not to implode they need such a rigid design.

 

Ugh I wish I did not look under the pads though, it seriously looked ugly down there lol. Could you take a picture of what your HE-500 driver looks like under the pad sometime? Just curious.

Z6Des.jpg

 

Ok maybe this isn't the best pic but you get the idea.  The pads are still on.  I'm just using beyer pads instead.

 

1713dff2_hifiman_he500_04.jpeg
 

 


Edited by Llloyd - 4/4/12 at 1:39pm
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Z6Des.jpg

 

Ok maybe this isn't the best pic but you get the idea.  The pads are still on.  I'm just using beyer pads instead.

 

1713dff2_hifiman_he500_04.jpeg
 

 



Thanks for the photo! I wonder what those yellow corner pieces between the diaphragm and the magnet layer are.

post #164 of 244

I ordered EF-6 and HE-6 on Feb. 16.  I received the both of them today March 5.  Does the EF-6 come with a power cord. Because mine did not.  I thought I had asked Head-Direct and they said it did come with power cord.  Is there an inexpensive alternative-any suggestions for power cord.  Kinda of sucks that I'm looking at amp but unable to use.

post #165 of 244

I received mine too without a power cord. I just took the first generic one I could find. If you want to invest in "high-end" power cables, I'm sure you can find some cheap ones (and others not too cheap) on the trading forums. ;)

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