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. Using the HE-6 on headphone amps is just a wastes of time IMO. Where 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.
I completely disagree here Darryl...sorry . But the HD800's do scale higher. From a $600 MAD EAR+HD to a $1000 WA2 to a $2200 WA22 to a $2800 GS-X MK2, the HD800s just kept getting better (just like my DAC upgrades). The HE-6's hit their limit with a good $500 Class A speaker amp (like a good old Pioneer SX)...and no to very minimal improvements with uber-high end speaker amps. Unlike you, I sold my HE-6s and can't ever bare selling my HD-800s.
They couldn't give me the quickness and transparency of the HD800s and were too thin sounding orthos compared to my LCD-3s. Just my 2 cents....
Edited by MacedonianHero - 11/14/13 at 6:49pm