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  1. bagwell359

    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    4 screw about $1150, 6 screw about $850, and LFF mod of either - add $500 each if not more, and you;ll be lucky to see one 4 and three 6's hit the market in the next year.
  2. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    this has been reported on the Ananda, HEX v2 and Arya. Not sure about the other big cuppers. I have the wrinles on my HEX. Seems to be moot.
  3. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    500 w/ my mods on a potent amp - is what I am referring to. Stock - esp with that miserable silver plated cable and the meh pads, and screen on, no fuzzor? It's not that special. My Recipe: * used HE-500 $370 * used Black Dragon v1 cables $40 (anything O2) * Dan Clark Ether Angled Lambskin...
  4. bagwell359

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Not head to head. The Focal Clear is a good unit off the shelf having a similar sound to the HD-600 with some more technicals in the bass, and a little more treble purity. The 6se v1 off the shelf was not the lion I hoped for. It needed new cables, pads, fuzzor, screens off to become at $699...
  5. bagwell359

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I haven't tried copper/silver hybrid with the 6se, but I have a silver and its too bright IMO for it. Some of my best cables are DIY. I started buying up market cable around 1979. I sold and listened to a lot of high end stuff in the 80's and somewhat up to 2005. My conclusion is air tight...
  6. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    Except for the HEK v2, HEK se, Susvara - IMO HFM has struggled badly to follow up the HE-500 and HE-6. The Arya is a partial success. All the fooling around with the 500, 6, 400, 560, Sundara - various remakes and new versions certainly do not match the 500 or the 6. The HEX and Ananda don't...
  7. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    The HE-6 hasn't been sold new in about six years. Used they are available at ~$900. Ananda $699 new and maybe $500-550 used. Unless you segregate can costs into a dozen or more narrow bands those prices to me indicate a reasonable comparison. The HE-6 is probably more myth than real these...
  8. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    Too subtle perhaps. I wrote "in YOUR opinion". Not mine. I've posted about 80 posts re: HE-6 and Ananda, and while I probably rarely compared them in all those posts it;s quite clear that the HE-6 and HE-500 represent heights in design that have rarely been matched since. The Ananda at this...
  9. bagwell359

    Drop x HiFiMAN HE-5XX

    Well... there you go being fair again. I don't listen too many cheap cans, since the Alara/Ananda hit the market I've heard 3x more new (to me) cans over $2k than under it. Although the cheapish HD-600 (4.8/5 on Amazon) crunches the 5XX too (3.4/5 on Amazon - terrible QA reviews even for HFM)...
  10. bagwell359

    Drop x HiFiMAN HE-5XX

    No. The Sundara, Ananda, Arya, HE-6se, HE-6, HE-500, HEX v2 all lay waste to the 5XX. Now if you like perky pop and you have a low power DAP in a cabin in the woods, it's not a disaster. But at home with the proper desktop amp, DAC, etc. its headed to the storage bin along with the HE-5LE...
  11. bagwell359

    HiFiman HE-500 (HE as in High End) Proving to be an enjoyable experience in listening.

    I switched the stock 500 with a 4XX headband which is a solid step up in comfort/weight/fit. The 4XX has the 500 headband now, and being lighter overall that fit is decent/good - too bad it still sounds like a 4XX.
  12. bagwell359

    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    I'm with Silver Ears, but I couldn't write after that masterstroke post. Just wow, and bring on more. I'm amazed personally that the 6se both v1 and v2 haven't taken over the market at the Adorama price point. A mass produced HE-6 still crushes most offerings
  13. bagwell359

    HiFiMan Susvara

    If you like acoustic and well recorded music the 2C is lapped by hundreds of different cans that are all lapped by the Susvara. It's the best planar I've heard. If bass is the overarching concern, then the original 6 screw HE-6 has much more impact than the 2C. And as I said above the LCD-4...
  14. bagwell359

    HiFiMan Susvara

    2C has a less accurate bass. If you can afford a Susvara, then consider a LCD-4 (the harder to drive one) that's got some real bass and delivers a far more refined and accurate sound than the 2C. The LCD-3 IMO is unlistenable w/o heavy EQ, but the bass is better than the 2C, but no match for...
  15. bagwell359

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    The problem with very deep pads is that they act almost like a horn. Some frequencies enhanced (a-musical and not controlable) others frequencies cancelled. Overall sound esp in the mids - echos, veiled sound. Increasing bass on a very good bass can to the point where the music is...
  16. bagwell359

    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    he6se driver and HE-6 driver - that's a disaster scenario. They are quite different. Time smear, dueling FR profiles, different frequencies for ringing. Diff bass impact. I don't think the Arya is a fair replacement. HEK se and Susvara only ones that are clearly better, and that's a lot...
  17. bagwell359

    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    All so true. The 4 screw is the least efficient. Both the 6se's are a similar/slightly more efficient than the 6 screw - although one measurement said less than the 6 screw. My 6se v1 was well more efficient than your 6 screw here.
  18. bagwell359

    HiFiman HE-500 (HE as in High End) Proving to be an enjoyable experience in listening.

    Damping factor? BTW I know you had a different view later, this is just a good spot to jump in w/ any new folks hanging out. Screens off good, no fuzzor for more output bad. What they remove (almost all in the mids and highs) needs to go for clarity. More bass/mid bass/upper bass/low mids...
  19. bagwell359

    Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread

    Yes, and analog is going to be more audible than digital. I love Schiit. I have two of their highest end pieces, I'd like to have 3 others, but, the Loki isn't a full solution. At best its a tease.
  20. bagwell359

    Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread

    After trying two analog EQ's in '77 and '78 I swore off - because they was audible and the freqs were not adjustable. Then 42 years later I got into TIDAL MQA/UAPP, and then tried Toneboosters EQ. I did discover while the measuring capability of cans is improving - but the recommended settings...
  21. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    We all agree on that. The question is did the early ones have 2.5? I seem to remember they did, and someone hunting a used Ananda might want to know what he/she is getting. Corpse ad seems to back it up.
  22. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    Looking at a corpse ad that says 2.5. https://corpsecable.com/collections/hifiman-ananda/products/copy-of-4ft-corpse-cable-for-focal-elear-clear-elex-2-5mm-trrs-plug-1 ??? Hmm, corpse used mogami... great stuff. Can make DIY cables with great tips for cheap and they'd be as good. A little...
  23. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    Not sure if the initial run of Anandas was 2.5. The HEX v2 is, which is too flipping bad.
  24. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    100% for sure hybrids make the most sense for planars as an alternative to SS. Some tube amps that are not hybrid and not OTL should work as well, but not many and probably big bucks.
  25. bagwell359

    Hifiman Ananda

    My OTL (BHOC w/ speedball and about 45 improved parts) barely has intelligible output with the HFM HE-6, HE-500, HE-6sev1, LCD-2 which are 50 or less ohms. With the HEX v2 and Ananda also under 50 ohms, they have more output because they are well more efficient than the earlier list. In no way...
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