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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Are you under the impression Chord is a headphone company? They have a range of some of the best amplifiers, preamplifiers, monoblocks, etc. that money can buy. I would also challenge the fact that the Naim statement series is somehow far beyond what Chord is doing. Chord is no slouch in two...
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    Jade II Discussion

    Full disclosure I haven't personally heard them, but from the murmurs online these are more like a ShangriLa Jr. Jr. (ie. a junior version of the ShangriLa Jr) then an original HE Audio Jade reborn. It makes sense if you look at the tech involved, as it uses nano-tech which was used in the...
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    Raal Ribbon Headphones - SRH1A

    **EDIT After a product name change these are now called the RAAL/Requisite SR-1A*** Anyone hear these at RMAF 2018? Very interested to hear impressions. Looks like a K1000 reborn on steroids. Similarly I also heard it is very power hungry, with a recommended 50W power source. Also seems...
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    Jade II Discussion

    Very surprised the Jade 2 is coming in at cheaper than the HE6se. Didn't see that one coming. Might pick this one up just for the hell of it. I've been very impressed with the HE6se from a build quality and sound quality perspective. I think Hifiman has a great idea here revisiting their old...
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Have to say I'm really impressed with the build quality of the HE6SE. It feels like a premium headphone. Zero creaks or rattles. The cable seems very high quality with zero microphonics or other annoyances. It just feels solid & well put together. I remember every time I saw the original HE6 at...
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Always fun to read the extended bloviating from the Stax mafia about "inferior" products. Good for entertainment value, not much else.
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I think I'm starting to understand why the HE6 had a reputation for driver failures. I'm pretty sure 5 watts per channel is enough to completely blow up the drivers. Where are people getting this idea you need double digit watts per channel? 1 watt is enough to get it to over 80 db. You'd want...
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I'm not even mad I didn't get the adaptor - I heard it wasn't the greatest anyway. Essentially just a network of resistors. Very happy my 300b delivers immense clean power. Regarding the clamping force - I can echo those statements. It does clamp rather authoritatively. I have a large head...
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    It's a 300b tube amp - the Ming Da MC300-ear. I don't think I've seen a post on one yet, but it's their 300b amp targeted at headphone users. I will do a proper write up one of these days and post about it. It is a phenomenal amplifier. Source is a Oppo UDP-205. Yes, I am a bit of an Oppo fan boy.
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I also didn't get the adapter. If you look at the moon audio unboxing, they also didn't get it: I don't really care since I am running balanced out into a 300b amp which can deliver 7wc, they sound great - but I think hifiman did say we should expect one. Also, don't be fooled by the ifi...
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    It's going to be a late night chill session with the new he6se:
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Apparently my ming da mc300 ear headphone amp is a beast. Using the balanced headphone out, I don't even need to turn it up a quarter way to get perfect volume. It sounds fantastic as well. On the other hand I tried my Oppo HA-1 briefly, which is no slouch for power, and had to crank it up...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    It has arrived!!! A mini unboxing. Early impressions: every bit as good as I remember. My 300b amp powers it fine out of balanced headphone out. Visceral, detailed, beautiful planar bass with real treble (if audeze treble works for you, this won't!) Will post more later, just enjoying them for...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Another angle people don't consider is that part of the purchase price is paying to provide support and maintenance, in this case of older technology that might be even more expensive to support compared to newer ones. In many cases like this, bringing back "older" technology and re-selling it...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Got them in the sense I got them as far as being put into an inspection queue somewhere in customs. AT least I know they are in the country somewhere. Maybe some customs agent is enjoying them already! It seems to have been getting worse over the last few years, and especially concerning...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Sigh. Another week left in the customs black hole. This is getting frustrating. Sorry guys, I know a few of you are waiting on some first impressions of these. I hope early next week at the latest now. I promise to update as soon as I have them in my hands.
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Whenever I hear "X headphone is so revealing it requires Y upstream equipment" I automatically translate that into "I don't really like X headphone's sound signature, so I will try to correct with upstream equipment". It's no coincidence that "insanely revealing" is applied to headphones with...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Unfortunately customs has conspired against allowing me to enjoy these headphones over the long weekend. It should only be a couple more days until I have them in my heads. I look forward to providing impressions as soon as I get them. (One caveat is my next week at work is looking insanely busy)
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    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Nah, you're not the only one. I don't mind inefficient headphones. The fact is, the HE6 is an inefficient headphone - so coming into the thread about the HE6 and complaining that it should be more efficient is like going into a Sennheiser thread and complaining that the headphones leak too much...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Hoping to post some impressions by this week. I expect looking at the HE6 thread will be sufficient for seeing if these are right for you sound-wise. The headband and comfort are likely the only variables - but Hifiman could mess that up (see HE-560). I will agree with others about price, 1800...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Technically in the announcement Hifiman indicated that the HE1000SE would only begin shipping in September. My local distributor was under the impression the same applied to the HE6SE. I placed my order with my local distributor as soon as the HE6SE were announced. It seems the first shipment is...
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    Verum Audio - Exciting high performance DIY planar

    Yeah I don't get the not-so-subtle denigration of companies larger than one guy in this thread. Audio companies tend to be small. A company like Audeze which has a couple hundred employees is chock full of passionate audiophiles who love to make products people love to use and are passionate...
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    Verum Audio - Exciting high performance DIY planar

    Just to temper enthusasism over the latest hype train, let's keep several things in mind here: Kickstarter - nuff said Distortion issues. "He has a plan to fix" is much different than he has successfully manufactured a proof of concept without distortion issues Manufacturing a single hand...
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    Thanks for the link. No indication if it will ship before september considering it is 3rd party shipping. I will keep my local order in I guess. That gunmetal coating looks sexy. I think I prefer it over the original's purple-ish tint.
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