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post #586 of 590
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Originally Posted by pavement714 View Post
 

I did the fabric mod yesterday on my HE-400i and can hear an amazing difference in soundstage. But I broke the plastic ring holding in the grill on one speaker. Has anyone any success getting a replacement from Hifiman?

 

Pretty sure I've read about a couple people who managed to get a pair for $10 + shipping.  I'm not sure they convinced HFM on the first try, but succeeded after two or more emails.  Good luck!

post #587 of 590
Attempt 2 at the grill mod, and this time was a big success. I used a file holder from Target and put layers of organza on both sides. Finally got the sound right where I want it - extra sound stage and air without a noticeable loss of bass quantity. Here's a pic:

post #588 of 590

I have to thanks to jerg or whoever starts these mod.  Since I have been quite happy with my HE-6 for several years, I rarely worried about modding it even though these mods posted by jerg has been known to me for a long time.

 

Today, just out of curiosity I took out the stock HE-6 grill, felt, and the cotton blob and started to listen it without anything on the side of driver.  My chain was USB -> AudioGD DI -> BNC -> Ref-7 -> Aleph 3 (recapped) -> HE-6.

 

Initially, I started to hear some "unfamiliar" details all over the background and pinpoint stuff at foreground in my familiar soundtracks such as Tron Legacy and Oblivion.  After some A/B test, I realized those details was always there but they were diffused/blurred slightly by the grill and dampen material.

 

Then, I was kind of surprised by the amount of sub-bass, which seemed to be more than usual.  It is especially true for the Oblivion soundtrack.  The bass impact is also much fast and crispier.   At this moment, I was kind of persuaded.  (Some measurement on frequency response confirmed this.)

 

I was a little bit worry and afraid HE-6 may be too bright without those dampen material.  However, i was surprised there was no hint of unpleasant brightness in my system, which must be the merit of Ref-7 and Aleph 3.  :)

 

Finally, I switched to my Classical collection.  Usually, I found HE-6 sound a little bit "porous" and "rough".  That was why I preferred my Stax setup with classical.  However, the boundless immensity and endless dynamic range was HE-6 only and Stax cannot touch it.  But this time Classical with HE-6 sounded completely different.  I tried some Bach two piano concerto and violin concerto first.  There was no hint of any porosity and fine graininess anymore.  The piano and violin sound very clean, condense, and accurately positioned.   Very interesting! 

 

Then, I tried Hillary Hahn's Bach solo violin.  I was totally "stunned" by the sweet and fine decay from the violin and the room echo.  The soundstage and positioning were so accurate, I can "visualize" Hillary's movement.  Wow!  I have never heard such thing in my HE-6 system, even after owning it for more than 3 years.

 

Now I believed!

post #589 of 590
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Originally Posted by dukja View Post
 

I have to thanks to jerg or whoever starts these mod.  Since I have been quite happy with my HE-6 for several years, I rarely worried about modding it even though these mods posted by jerg has been known to me for a long time.

 

Today, just out of curiosity I took out the stock HE-6 grill, felt, and the cotton blob and started to listen it without anything on the side of driver.  My chain was USB -> AudioGD DI -> BNC -> Ref-7 -> Aleph 3 (recapped) -> HE-6.

 

Initially, I started to hear some "unfamiliar" details all over the background and pinpoint stuff at foreground in my familiar soundtracks such as Tron Legacy and Oblivion.  After some A/B test, I realized those details was always there but they were diffused/blurred slightly by the grill and dampen material.

 

Then, I was kind of surprised by the amount of sub-bass, which seemed to be more than usual.  It is especially true for the Oblivion soundtrack.  The bass impact is also much fast and crispier.   At this moment, I was kind of persuaded.  (Some measurement on frequency response confirmed this.)

 

I was a little bit worry and afraid HE-6 may be too bright without those dampen material.  However, i was surprised there was no hint of unpleasant brightness in my system, which must be the merit of Ref-7 and Aleph 3.  :)

 

Finally, I switched to my Classical collection.  Usually, I found HE-6 sound a little bit "porous" and "rough".  That was why I preferred my Stax setup with classical.  However, the boundless immensity and endless dynamic range was HE-6 only and Stax cannot touch it.  But this time Classical with HE-6 sounded completely different.  I tried some Bach two piano concerto and violin concerto first.  There was no hint of any porosity and fine graininess anymore.  The piano and violin sound very clean, condense, and accurately positioned.   Very interesting! 

 

Then, I tried Hillary Hahn's Bach solo violin.  I was totally "stunned" by the sweet and fine decay from the violin and the room echo.  The soundstage and positioning were so accurate, I can "visualize" Hillary's movement.  Wow!  I have never heard such thing in my HE-6 system, even after owning it for more than 3 years.

 

Now I believed!


Isn`t it crazy?  After my HE-6 mods, my HD800 was sold within a week.  It makes me wonder about the HE-1000: as much I am looking forward to seeing it/hearing it, I can `t help but wonder if it isn`t just a production version of the modded HE-6!.  

 

Are you going to try some other pads?  I found the Audeze pads improve comfort and hold the drivers slightly farther away from ear, which ads yet more sonic bliss.  

 

d

post #590 of 590

Yes, maybe a new pad would be a good next step, although it is not free.  :wink_face:

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