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post #2821 of 2831
To any HiFiMan rep that reads this.

When I upgraded my Ether I was given the go ahead to keep my original pads. I surmised MrSpeakers don't recycle or resell them.

Is it the same with you? If I buy the V1 upgrade to V2, can I keep my original pads?

Thanx.
post #2822 of 2831
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Originally Posted by john777 View Post


The HE-1000 V2 will be replaced before you need new pads... cool.gif

 

Yep, it already been replaced by the Edition 6. Which is $6000 RRP. I am starting to question if they've hired some crazy dude at HFM to set the prices for the upcoming headphones. 

post #2823 of 2831
Other than the very expensive Astell&Kern AK380 Copper + AMP // High Resolution Music Player w/ AMP @ $4,999.00 is the a high quality DAP that will also allow Wifi steaming TIDAL to pair with the HEK 1000 for driving these headphones to their full potential while away from home? Need the best portable rig with high flax file storage capacity of at least 200GB.
post #2824 of 2831
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Originally Posted by tunes View Post

Other than the very expensive Astell&Kern AK380 Copper + AMP // High Resolution Music Player w/ AMP @ $4,999.00 is the a high quality DAP that will also allow Wifi steaming TIDAL to pair with the HEK 1000 for driving these headphones to their full potential while away from home? Need the best portable rig with high flax file storage capacity of at least 200GB.

Have you looked at the new Sony Signature portable DAC? I get a chance to play with it before an upcoming meet.
post #2825 of 2831
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Originally Posted by tunes View Post

Other than the very expensive Astell&Kern AK380 Copper + AMP // High Resolution Music Player w/ AMP @ $4,999.00 is the a high quality DAP that will also allow Wifi steaming TIDAL to pair with the HEK 1000 for driving these headphones to their full potential while away from home? Need the best portable rig with high flax file storage capacity of at least 200GB.

 

It is impossible to drive the HEK to their 'full potential' using a portable rig.

post #2826 of 2831
Don't have the AK380, The Pono certainly can't, even balanced, from when I listened a while back.
post #2827 of 2831

The closest that I've ever heard the HE1000 being driven to their full potential from a portable rig was through the Questyle QP1R, and even then it still wasn't that close to the best I've heard the headphone.

post #2828 of 2831
Anyone tried hd800s and compared them to he1000v2?
post #2829 of 2831
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Originally Posted by Roybenz View Post

Anyone tried hd800s and compared them to he1000v2?

 

I prefer the latter...by a reasonable margin. 

post #2830 of 2831
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Originally Posted by Roybenz View Post

Anyone tried hd800s and compared them to he1000v2?

 

I prefer the latter...by a reasonable margin. 


The same for me at the moment. Likely a great deal of it is the overall balance of the sound, but mostly my overall tastes have moved towards a slightly darker sound than before, even though I'd call the HEK fairly even-sounding. For acoustic music where that works best I just find the HEK V2 more enjoyable.


Edited by Currawong - Today at 7:37 pm
post #2831 of 2831
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

I prefer the latter...by a reasonable margin. 

MH, can i assume the reason for your preference has to do with the latter sounding richer, fuller bodied and more liquid?
I was able to hear both at last weekend's CES show however not on the same rig and in different rooms therefore inconclusive.
On a side note i was able to directly compare the HEK V2 to the Focal Utopia on the same rig and enjoyed them both for different reasons. I think i might prefer the HEK V2 for long term listening even though the Utopia came across as more lucid and technically superior.
In another room i was able to directly compare the HEK V2 to the Abyss and to my surprise MUCH prefered the former.
The Shangri-la was the purest, most transparent and precise experience to date smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by vlach - Today at 11:22 pm
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