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To you guys/girls who own both the HE-6 and the HD800, what is the differences in the two and which do you give the most head-time to?

 

I just recently sold off a couple of audio related things(made my wife happy), and have the budget for an HE-6. I just recently picked up the HD800 and honestly, could not be happier. I never thought I would like an analytical head phone(big 650 HE-500 fan). I guess I just never experienced them long term, and honestly it is hard to go back to the HE-500/650 etc.. Would the HE-6 be complimentary to the HD800 or should I just be happy? I am very content with my source/amp so no need to go bigger there.

 

Thanks for any input.

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

To you guys/girls who own both the HE-6 and the HD800, what is the differences in the two and which do you give the most head-time to?

 

I just recently sold off a couple of audio related things(made my wife happy), and have the budget for an HE-6. I just recently picked up the HD800 and honestly, could not be happier. I never thought I would like an analytical head phone(big 650 HE-500 fan). I guess I just never experienced them long term, and honestly it is hard to go back to the HE-500/650 etc.. Would the HE-6 be complimentary to the HD800 or should I just be happy? I am very content with my source/amp so no need to go bigger there.

 

Thanks for any input.

HE-6 really isn't complementary to HD-800, they overlap in many ways. Something like a TH-900 for example would suit each other well, but it depends on your musical tastes. If you're curious about the HE-6, find a dealer with a no-hassle return policy and check 'em out :)

 

I personally give more head time to the HE-6 over HD-800. Unless I want to dig really deep into the music, like some classical, I'll put on the HD-800. I consider it more of a tool now personally. Main differences are soundstage, comfort, overall extension, and amp requirements.


Edited by brunk - 11/14/13 at 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

To you guys/girls who own both the HE-6 and the HD800, what is the differences in the two and which do you give the most head-time to?

 

I just recently sold off a couple of audio related things(made my wife happy), and have the budget for an HE-6. I just recently picked up the HD800 and honestly, could not be happier. I never thought I would like an analytical head phone(big 650 HE-500 fan). I guess I just never experienced them long term, and honestly it is hard to go back to the HE-500/650 etc.. Would the HE-6 be complimentary to the HD800 or should I just be happy? I am very content with my source/amp so no need to go bigger there.

 

Thanks for any input.

 

The Alpha Dog seems like a good fit to go with your hd800. Closed ortho to go with the very open dynamic. Or if you want to go full tilt what about an lcd-xc? If you have no need for a closed hp, the lcd2/3 would complement well. :D

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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

HE-6 really isn't complementary to HD-800, they overlap in many ways. Something like a TH-900 for example would suit each other well, but it depends on your musical tastes. If you're curious about the HE-6, find a dealer with a no-hassle return policy and check 'em out :)

 

I personally give more head time to the HE-6 over HD-800. Unless I want to dig really deep into the music, like some classical, I'll put on the HD-800. I consider it more of a tool now personally. Main differences are soundstage, comfort, overall extension, and amp requirements.

Yeah, I was considering the TH-900, but I do have a Lawton modded D7k, that really does not get much head-time, "tastes have changed" I guess you could say, is it that much different/better?

 

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The Alpha Dog seems like a good fit to go with your hd800. Closed ortho to go with the very open dynamic. Or if you want to go full tilt what about an lcd-xc? If you have no need for a closed hp, the lcd2/3 would complement well. :D.

I own an LCD-2 and love them (minus the comfort), but I may consider the Alpha-Dog. You really have not said much about them, do you still love them?

 

 

Thanks for the responses!

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

To you guys/girls who own both the HE-6 and the HD800, what is the differences in the two and which do you give the most head-time to?

 

I just recently sold off a couple of audio related things(made my wife happy), and have the budget for an HE-6. I just recently picked up the HD800 and honestly, could not be happier. I never thought I would like an analytical head phone(big 650 HE-500 fan). I guess I just never experienced them long term, and honestly it is hard to go back to the HE-500/650 etc.. Would the HE-6 be complimentary to the HD800 or should I just be happy? I am very content with my source/amp so no need to go bigger there.

 

Thanks for any input.

 

Well I sold the HE6 (and every other can) and kept the HD800-so what's that tell you? Then again-I've heard the HD800 on a ton of systems, and know first hand that they scale incredibly well, and any change to a rig can easily be heard. Just swapping out various dacs in a similar price range  can change someone's impressions of what these can and cannot do. Trust me-I've spent plenty of time, $$, and tons of A/Bing various dacs and amps to know that the HD800 is a sonic chameleon-and that spouting something as gospel (good for classical only, weak bass etc etc etc etc etc...) only shows the limitations of said spouter's ability/willingness to upgrade/synergize his system.

 

In a nutshell-a Phonitor or Crack are hardly reaching for the HD800's ceiling. ;)

 

-Daniel

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Good to Hear Daniel...(Literally!) I sure love mine! :D

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I had both at one point and ended up selling the HE6. I got tired of trying to amp the HE6 to it's potential and I didn't want to spend more on a speaker amp that was going to be used for 1 headphone. Even with the cheap speaker amp I had the HE6 sounded extremely good. The HD800 sounds better from less but still has a high ceiling. I've toned it down and just have my Anedio D1 as I've moved to Stax but the HD800 isn't going anywhere. I think one day (I keep saying that but who knows when I'll get it done) I'll get mine painted and then probably buy a cable from Headphone Lounge for a cable with a 1/4" plug as I had my stock plug terminated into a 4 pin XLR and also have a Toxic cable with a 4 pin XLR so it is a bit annoying to need an adapter every time.

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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

 
To you guys/girls who own both the HE-6 and the HD800, what is the differences in the two and which do you give the most head-time to?

I just recently sold off a couple of audio related things(made my wife happy), and have the budget for an HE-6. I just recently picked up the HD800 and honestly, could not be happier. I never thought I would like an analytical head phone(big 650 HE-500 fan). I guess I just never experienced them long term, and honestly it is hard to go back to the HE-500/650 etc.. Would the HE-6 be complimentary to the HD800 or should I just be happy? I am very content with my source/amp so no need to go bigger there.

Thanks for any input.

The Alpha Dog seems like a good fit to go with your hd800. Closed ortho to go with the very open dynamic. Or if you want to go full tilt what about an lcd-xc? If you have no need for a closed hp, the lcd2/3 would complement well. biggrin.gif
Ive only had the pleasure of listening to the HE-6 one time for about 30-40mins, it was recently at that. And as a previous LCD owner, I felt that the HE-6 was heaps ahead in the sound department.
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Well I sold the HE6 (and every other can) and kept the HD800-so what's that tell you? Then again-I've heard the HD800 on a ton of systems, and know first hand that they scale incredibly well, and any change to a rig can easily be heard. Just swapping out various dacs in a similar price range  can change someone's impressions of what these can and cannot do. Trust me-I've spent plenty of time, $$, and tons of A/Bing various dacs and amps to know that the HD800 is a sonic chameleon-and that spouting something as gospel (good for classical only, weak bass etc etc etc etc etc...) only shows the limitations of said spouter's ability/willingness to upgrade/synergize his system.

 

In a nutshell-a Phonitor or Crack are hardly reaching for the HD800's ceiling. ;)

 

-Daniel

I am very content with the synergy I found with them and the Fosgate Signature amp( fed by Benchmark DAC2). I am sure there is much better out there, but that combo is perfect to my ears.

 

I, like you, am in the process of "thinning out the heard" after finding this combo. Going back to other cans that were my old favorites, I find they lack in this or that.  I cant agree enough with you saying they are a "sonic chameleon" (well said:wink:). the first time I heard them I borrowed them from a friend, tried them on everything I owned at the time, and was underwhelmed thinking to myself, what is all of the fuss about?  I am glad that I heard his rig, it was like my eyes were opened.

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I had both at one point and ended up selling the HE6. I got tired of trying to amp the HE6 to it's potential and I didn't want to spend more on a speaker amp that was going to be used for 1 headphone. Even with the cheap speaker amp I had the HE6 sounded extremely good. The HD800 sounds better from less but still has a high ceiling. I've toned it down and just have my Anedio D1 as I've moved to Stax but the HD800 isn't going anywhere. I think one day (I keep saying that but who knows when I'll get it done) I'll get mine painted and then probably buy a cable from Headphone Lounge for a cable with a 1/4" plug as I had my stock plug terminated into a 4 pin XLR and also have a Toxic cable with a 4 pin XLR so it is a bit annoying to need an adapter every time.
+1 I've never had a problem selling off a headphone after a period of time but thinking about selling my HD800 is scary.. I'll usually sell a hp to have a better one or a different flavor. I don't think I could ever sell the HD800 and If I do get another hp, it'll be an additional hp, not a trade-off.
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Hey MickeyVee...

I recently jumped off the Schiit Train and joined the church of Bottlehead. I just gotta say, the Crack does wonders for the HD800s and it's not just me. You can't beat the price either. Watch the RMAF 2011 video here: http://youtu.be/iRyUOpFt1jI Watch the guys light up when the crack/HD800 combo are mentioned. It was brand new back then too, still priced at $219. Even now at $279 it's still a steal. You can go balanced with the Bottlehead Mainline at $1200, but there's not enough feedback on the amp yet as it's still on the first production run. Exciting times at BH. I'm so pumped about this pairing, I'm willing to build the crack for non-techs who want to try it out (+labour) To boot, I haven't even stuffed in the speedball.
Edited by NightFlight - 11/14/13 at 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

 

Well I sold the HE6 (and every other can) and kept the HD800-so what's that tell you? Then again-I've heard the HD800 on a ton of systems, and know first hand that they scale incredibly well, and any change to a rig can easily be heard. Just swapping out various dacs in a similar price range  can change someone's impressions of what these can and cannot do. Trust me-I've spent plenty of time, $$, and tons of A/Bing various dacs and amps to know that the HD800 is a sonic chameleon-and that spouting something as gospel (good for classical only, weak bass etc etc etc etc etc...) only shows the limitations of said spouter's ability/willingness to upgrade/synergize his system.

 

In a nutshell-a Phonitor or Crack are hardly reaching for the HD800's ceiling. ;)

 

-Daniel

I totally agree. You really haven't heard what the hd800 can do 'til you've heard them synergize with the right amp and source.  

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I'm not too sure what's happening with my HD800/WA7 combo at the moment but I seem to really be enjoying it more and more.  Not sure if it's break in (equipment or me just getting used to it) but at this point I really don't feel anything lacking.  I've been hankering to get either the the LCD 2.2 or TH600 but at this point, I'm holding off.  When I want something more coloured/fun I just move over to the Momentum/iDevice (iPod U2 4G/iPhone5/iPad Mini Retina all with EQ set to treble boot) and I get my fix.

I've been a big fan of the HD800 since I first heard them at a meet and on my system at that time.  Enough to sell my HD700/HE500 and move to the HD800.  It just seems to be getting better and better and gelling together quite nicely.. HD800/ ADL or Q cable/WA7 with stock Sovtek tubes (not a fan of the EH Gold Pins but I'm keeping them as backups).

Anyway, really a Happy Camper for now!

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post
 

I'm not too sure what's happening with my HD800/WA7 combo at the moment but I seem to really be enjoying it more and more.  Not sure if it's break in (equipment or me just getting used to it) but at this point I really don't feel anything lacking.  I've been hankering to get either the the LCD 2.2 or TH600 but at this point, I'm holding off.  When I want something more coloured/fun I just move over to the Momentum/iDevice (iPod U2 4G/iPhone5/iPad Mini Retina all with EQ set to treble boot) and I get my fix.

I've been a big fan of the HD800 since I first heard them at a meet and on my system at that time.  Enough to sell my HD700/HE500 and move to the HD800.  It just seems to be getting better and better and gelling together quite nicely.. HD800/ ADL or Q cable/WA7 with stock Sovtek tubes (not a fan of the EH Gold Pins but I'm keeping them as backups).

Anyway, really a Happy Camper for now!

nice one - my hd800 are being delayed hopefully i will have them in 2 weeks. 

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Ive only had the pleasure of listening to the HE-6 one time for about 30-40mins, it was recently at that. And as a previous LCD owner, I felt that the HE-6 was heaps ahead in the sound department.

 

That would be correct IMO.  I've heard the HD800 and the HE-6 on "tons" of rigs lol..  Yup the HD800s got sold.  They just don't have the weight to the music the planars have.  At times and with some music the HD800s can sound "thin" compared to some planars.  

 

I'll get a TOTL tube amp and another pair of HD800s to see if I can pull it's weight up - I got a order in for the EC 445, lets see if that will do the trick.  Using the HE-6 on headphone amps is just a wastes of time IMO.  The HD800 is tricky and will need the right amp / dac combo.  But get this.  There's lots of good combo's out there for the HD800s.  

 

rawrster said "The HD800 sounds better from less" I think he hit the nail on the head.  You have to be willing to put in more work to get the HE-6 right compared to getting the HD800s right.  The HD800s scales pretty damn good.  However, the HE-6 scales higher.  


Edited by preproman - 11/14/13 at 6:45pm
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