Originally Posted by RustA
I found the HE-6 to be quite a bit overhyped over here... I haven't heard them myself but statements like "HE-6 driven by a speak amps can almost rival SR009" sound pretty odd to me. Especially since all the websites like innerfidelity, headphonia etc. happen to prefer HE-500.
I never wrote a statement like that seeing as how I've never had an opportunity to hear the SR-009, but this is from David Mahler's own words: "you can purchase an HE-6/EF6 combo and get fairly close to the fidelity offered by a well-powered SR-009. On the other hand, if you are seeking technical-perfection at any cost, the SR-009 is going to be the one you want."
However, I can attest to the fact that the HE-6 certainly sounds more neutral and natural compared to the HE-500, which is what most people consider 'better' these days. While I enjoy both headphones a very large amount, the HE-500 seems to have a warm-silky bubble encompassing it, which gives it a bit of a muffled effect. Don't believe me? A/B a pair of with HE-500 with LCD-2, and you will see what I mean.
Headphones will always be hyped up based on user bias. That's why meets like this exist, where you can try different combinations and verify for yourself whether the hype is real, or just a load of nonsense.