Originally Posted by nehcrow
Im going to try the Mikros 90 one day but I highly highly doubt it can beat a properly amped HE-6.
Intend to post some impressions from my listening notes while a/b-ing the two on another thread.
The HE-6 were amped with either the (Class AB/50WPC) Linn Intek or the (Class A/100WPC) Qinpu A-1.0X integrated, straight from the speaker outputs, via a (highflight) 4-pin balanced XLR adapter. I had owned and greatly enjoyed the HE-6 for about a year-and-a-half, having done a good portion of my amplifier experimentation with the HE-5LE (another nice set of headphones) prior to getting the HE-6. I was on the verge of buying the Krell S300i solely for driving the HE-6. When comparing HE-6 v. Mikros 90, the HE-6 were amped with the Intek as described above, while the Mikros 90 were simply run from the headphone out from the Linn. I actually have come to prefer the MLs amped with the Fitz-improved Bada PH-12. So, the Mikros 90 were not optimally amped when I did the comparison.
The HE-6 do some things better, admittedly, but for me it was chiefly the tonal purity/complexity and the acoustic/spatial realism of the Mikros 90 that got my attention and ultimately "won the day". For me, the Mikros 90 offer a unique synergy which, as a whole that musically transcends the sum of its technological parts, no other headphones I have tried can quite match. This is in addition to what I believe are the MLs superior capabilities--alongside other well-regarded products that I have spent some time with--in detail retrieval, resolution, balance and coherency. For me, though perhaps not for you or others who visit this thread, the MLs nail just about every critical point on the checklist of my listening preferences. (They even added things to the list that I hadn't thought of before.)
If I have sounded unduly hyperbolic, then that is simply me. But I am genuinely excited about these headphones. For me, they represent a pinnacle in my 15-20 year sojourn for a set of headphones that I can put on, relax and enjoy the music with, but from which I can still get my "detail/geek/critical listening" fix.
Too, I feel there is an injustice that needs to be addressed: How headphones THIS good can be dismissed by the Head-Fi community, while other products of inferior grade--including some longstanding "darlings" in the marketplace--gain/retain popularity. The latter case is, I believe the more extreme example of "hype", because it dishonestly touts as "superior" something which is, in fact, substantially inferior. Maybe that is why I strain my vocabulary and my vocal chords a bit too much for some folks here. There is an inertia that needs to be overcome.
So, if you haven't already, my advice to you is:
*purchase or borrow a pair of the Mikros 90,
*match them up as best you can with your topflight gear--e.g. the gear with which drive your premier full-sized cans,
*allow adequate time for "burn-in" (be it virtual or real),
*get them properly positioned on your head,
*listen critically, with an open ear (and mind), to everything you hear,
*come back and post your impressions on this thread.
You may not wax annoyingly hyperbolic like me, or go gah-gah (like me) over the Mikros 90. But I am willing to bet that you will come away from the experience having gained at least a modicum of respect for a fine product that has been heretofore largely neglected and unjustly poo-pooed by this listening community.
Edited by pataburd - 1/31/14 at 10:53pm