Originally Posted by jsaliga
What a great thread! I have been struggling with choosing between some headphones: HiFiman HE-6, HE-500, and Sennheiser HD 800. One of the reasons I have balked over the HiFiman phones is the amping requirements. I just didn't want to spend upwards of $1,300 on headphones and then have to go buy an expensive amp for them. The HD 800 is a better match for my current amp, a Woo Audio WA2. However, the Emotiva mini-X appears to provide an inexpensive path to the Hifiman HE-6 and HE-500. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that I will end up with both the HD800 and HE-500.
Many thanks to MalVeauX for all of the trailblazing, and to everyone else who contributed.
I went the HE-6 route and didnt regret it although I have to settle with entry level amp (the Mini-X) and DAC (NFB 3.32) I still think the sound is marvelous. I dont have any comparison with a similarly priced HP though (only cheaper once) but I think it was the right choice, based on observations :)
Also have the opportunity to try the HE-6 with higher level equipment. Yeah there is improvement but not something that would make spend an extra grand for it...yet :)
Will update later with a more thorough comparison/impression
For now you can read about the basic setup (link in my sig)