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I am selling off a 14 y/o 7.1 HT system and replacing with a nice headphone system. I started with B&W P7's (my home system had 7x B&W Nautilus speakers) and PBS Speakers and they were good, but the Senn HD650s had me returning the B&Ws and PBS's to BB.

 

After doing research while listening to the Senn's, I've now ordered Hifiman HE-6s with EF-6 amp from Crutchfield with a 60-day return policy. I'm also looking to get an Emotiva UPA-200 amp to power the HE-6's to see if I can save >$1,000 on the EF-6. I'll keep the EF-6 if it is much better, but send it back if the Emotiva is equal or very close.

 

I also have an Emotiva DC-1 DAC/preamp I will be using. So my system will be: laptop (running JRiver hi-res audio files) > DC-1 > EF-6 > HE-6.

 

All of these have "no questions asked" return policies of varying times.  I'm having a great time trying all this gear out and will return what I don't want. Getting the Hifiman gear of Friday so will be playing all weekend!

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You may find that the HE-6 is not all that it is cut out to be and there might just be other alternatives for much less that are way easier to drive.

 

That was my finding.

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The HE-6 is an outstanding can when properly driven--and the (not so cheap) EF-6 will certainly do the job.  Along with the HD 800, the HE-6 is at the top of my personal headphone tier--at least among those many cans that I own.  [I have heard the Orpheus and it is very best that I have heard to date.]

 

If I want body, I go for the HE-6.

 

See:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE6

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Interesting, I have a feeling I'll end up with the Jade2 to use with my srm-t1. The power requirenments and weight of he-6 turn me off. But there are sooo many interesting cans out there...
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