agreed. it's a disservice that some here claim that only speaker amps can drive the he-6. but what's true is that you can certainly drive the he-6 properly much cheaper with speaker amps than dedicated headphone amps. most headphone amps are underpowered...and the ones that have enough power are pricey.
The claim is not the HE-6 "can't" be driven by headphone amps. That's not it at all.
If people didn't know this already - Fang demoed the HE-6 on a Threshold speaker amp. I wonder why he did that? It's because at the demo he wanted to get the absolute best performance possible out the headphone. He went on to say in an interview the HE-6 really needs more power than your traditional headphone amp can provide to sound it best.
Yes, you can use any headphone amp you want to drive the HE-6, and t will dive it. However, I agree with Fang on this one.
I along with many others have tried many headphone amps and compared them to speaker amps side by side. The bottom line is this: If you want top performance out the HE-6 put forth the effort and at least try to compare it to a "good" speaker amp - then you can be the judge. I'm in the camp that "NO" headphone amp will give you the performance that a "good" speaker amp will with the HE-6... Price being the same in most cases - A 3.5K headphone amp vs. a 3.5K speaker amp "Just for the HE-6" I would think the 3.5K speaker amp will take the cake each and every time.
In hopes the HE1000 is more inline with other headphones in the power requirement department just so all the bad rumors and crazy myths that's been spread over the years can stop. Again, Fang demoed the HE1000 with a pretty powerful amp - from what I've read. He should know what it takes to get "His" headphones to perform at a high level..
I have what I would call a pretty good integrated speaker amp, the HE1000 will find a home there as well.
Edited by preproman - 4/19/15 at 5:41am