Originally Posted by Elysian
Great post, and I agree with everything LFF said above.
Are the HE-6s much more reliable than the LCD-2 and LCD-3? The thing I like about my Stax is that I see many posts from people still happily listening to 20-30 year old Stax headphones. I haven't run across any reliability complaints about the HE-6, but I haven't dug too deeply.
You might want to dig a little deeper. I've known of several pairs that developed dead channels and/or severe channel mismatches over time. I'm not sure if its an ortho thing or something else going on?
Originally Posted by purrin
I get the feeling that Audeze has really pushed the envelope in terms of trace density and film thickness. I don't think the design is inherently bad, but as with anything that pushes the envelope, there are always initial reliability issues to sort out. HiFiMan takes a more conservate approach, hence their poorer efficiency, but possibly greater reliability.
Speaking of the HE-6's brightness. I am surprised that the HE-5LE is never discussed. It lies somewhere between the HE500 and HE6 in terms of technical ability, but is less bright.
Actually thinner traces / substrate materials equate to better reliability with regards to repeated flexing (could however be trace/space is really small; but I'm just hypothesizing here). Kinda an area of expertise for me (flexible circuits). Not sure what the issues were back in Jan/Feb. And Audeze ain't saying. It does look that over the past few months though that things have improved....hopefully.
Originally Posted by grokit
I would beg to differ on that one point, my current HE-6 setup rocks and it comes in at less than $700 total retail brand new.
Agreed. The HE-6 sounded great from the speaker taps off my Pioneer receiver as well. With regards to scaleability, the HE-6s need good clean power to sound good. The LCD-x can sound good from even a uDac-2. But both scale with better upfront gear quite well.
It's all relative with regards to what sounds good though. Jude called the LCD-3s the best value headphone at $2k as it offered much of the satisfaction of the SR009s (I have not heard these yet) at less than half the price. For me, they're still my go to headphone. The HE-6s were fantastic, but I decided against dropping more $ on amping and shelving (for the amp) to keep them around. I prefer my HD800s to the HE-6s, so I decided to part with them. Sometimes though, I kinda wish I had them around.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 5/23/12 at 1:11pm