You inferred it was 'bright' by claiming it may have been used with a bright source!
I never thought it was a bright pairing when I listened to it.
I heard the EF-6 in my own system months ago and directly compared it to my M6. The EF6 far from 'sucked' but was a clear level behind the M6 in clarity, dynamics, detail, neutrality and definition.
This was using a XLR and RCA versions of the same cable.
I can not think of a single amp outputting 5wpc into 50ohms that is considered a good match for the HE6's and that includes the Mjolnir where people have stated the lack of power is an issue with the HE6's.
I can't see why you would think the M6 would not be better than the EF6 to be fair. I mean fully balanced, 40% more power and more neutral sounding with absolutely no brightness even with silver cables (IC's & headphone) and a Sabre32 chipped DAC (not the darker PCM1704 Audio-gd DACs).
Also like to say that the M6 is nothing like the NFB-27 and is a much better amp which really is to be expected.
This description exactly matches what the NFB-27 is.
Kingwa told me the difference was not much between the NFB-27 and NFB-7 + Master-6. I know he is too honest when describing the difference, I give you that.
I never heard the stack so I cannot be positive. But at the same time: did you hear the NFB-27?
I inferred it was bright because that's the only area I feel the HE-6 can be "blamed" for. To say it SUCKS infers that there's something really wrong with the sound. Since I discard the lack of power with the EF-6, the only thing that remains is brightness.
Anyway, let's wait for the guy to chime in