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  1. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Eh, some do! But it's often per channel, so that's kinda odd. This whole "speaker amp for the HE6" conversation has evolved over the years. At first I felt like it was this magical mystery, but that was likely due to relatively low-powered headphone amps of the day. Then came "quality watts"...
  2. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    The Sys is not powered and therefore cannot add volume. The knob cranked full is zero db. Cut only. The Sys adding volume is impossible. But then again, we have $1800 headphone cables so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  3. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Huh? The Sys is passive. "Cranked" volume is the same as running a cable between the two devices. It's cut-only.
  4. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I do not use the Hifiman adapter. I bought a 4-pin XLR to banana plugs adapter on eBay, plus I even made one myself that worked great (but looked ugly). DAC is plugged into my preamp, which then feeds the speaker amp. As a cheap-ass proof of concept, I once plugged my DAC into a Schiit Sys...
  5. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    While I probably haven't tried your headphone amp, my speaker amp made my HE6se sound better, and all my other balanced headphones!
  6. thefitz

    Comment by 'thefitz' on listing 'Audeze LCD-3 (Latest Revision)'

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  7. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    That's a good question. I thiiiiink it would make a difference as the sound is tunnelling through a narrower opening on the THx00 pads without getting absorbed by the pad.
  8. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    It's these guys: https://drop.com/buy/dekoni-premium-earpads-for-fostex-th-x00 Elite sheepskin for TH-X00, with the attenuation ring. Not sure if the TH-X00 pads are easily attainable elsewhere since they're a "Drop exclusive" etc. TH-900 pads work well too (they're they same as HiFiMAN pads...
  9. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    This HE6SEv1+Dekoni TH-X00 Sheepskin+Attenuation Ring has been quite a revelation. The combo has somehow increased clarity/removed haze, yet somehow also toned down the harshness considerably. The album 'So' by Peter Gabriel is famous for being one of the best mixed albums ever, however it's...
  10. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    I found the Ether Angled pads to be a little too shouty and sheen for me. Right now, I am really enjoying Dekoni TH-X00 pads, particularly with the attenuation rings. Great results with the Hybrid and Sheepskin. Both kick like a horse. Sheepskin is more clear and natural sounding, but is the...
  11. thefitz

    Schiit Valhalla Tube Rolling thread.

    Well, my 6N1P tubes I bought a couple of years ago have a '61 date code on 'em, so I'll ride those out - just curious!
  12. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    Nope, the one with the holes is the current version, and the one without the holes is the one stock on the LCD-4. I've had an LCD-2.2, LCD-X x2, LCD-XC x3, LCD-3F x3, and LCD-4. What's funny is even there there's all this fuss about that felt spacer, it's easily the easiest LCD to pad roll...
  13. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    I've been using this EQ profile lately for my digital music listening: https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq/tree/master/results/oratory1990/harman_over-ear_2018/Audeze%20LCD-3 Nice, warm, not honky, thick, and detailed without being icy. Give it a shot!
  14. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    FWIW, I went from LCD 2.2 to LCD-3F and was "underwhelmed" because the LCD-3F just sounded like the 2.2, just without any grain (which I felt was an issue on the 2.2). This was a long time ago, however. Crinacle.com should have FR charts for both.
  15. thefitz

    Fostex TH900 Impressions & Discussion Thread

    I'd love to have a cup of coffee with someone who swears by cables but thinks pads do nothing. Try pad rolling a beyerdynamic T1, I beg you.
  16. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    Got by balanced cable, so I am listening to my LCD-3F into my Bryston 3B-ST. I have yet to hear headphones that don't sound better out of this power amp. I don't know how much of the sound is from the components themselves, but I am quite confident direly needing to run the preamp at as...
  17. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    Yeah, they did. But these earpads are nice and contoured and it's very comfortable. And the finish on the wood is thicker and shinier. I like it!
  18. thefitz

    New at Drop: Sennheiser HD 8XX

    I believe they both use the same 5128 rig. Maybe not all the same accessories and room etc, but they should be comparable. When I saw that FR, I thought it was a lot like the Arya, which is the reason I preordered it. I recently traded my HD800SDR because of it, but I would actually EQ up 9kHz...
  19. thefitz

    Audeze LCD-3 Impressions Thread

    Reacquired a pair of LCD-3F... my third pair, hah. This one's the 2020 version with the black pads, suspension headband, mesh damping, and LCD-4 spacer behind the pads. Balanced cable en-route to use with by speaker amp - but I am getting surprisingly great performance out of my original Schiit...
  20. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    In my experience, running the HE-6 through a power amp with the lowest gain possible is the way to go. Besides the volume knob range being more reasonable, I find that the upper mids are a lot less intense and the bottom end stands out more. This actually applies to all headphones run through a...
  21. thefitz

    Noble owners: Have you found better eartips?

    Forgive the necropost, but I think the Spinfit CP240 double flange tips are freaking magic. So much so, that I have it randomly in my signature. They not only helped with the sound, but with FIT for both my Kaiser and Vegas. Fortified the bass, kept all the detail, removed all treble spikes...
  22. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Yeah, the only difference is that the TH900 pads are flat all the way down, whereas the HiFiMAN pads taper a little bit. I don't have HiFiMAN hybrid pads to do apples/apples comparison - all I know is that the Hybrid TH900 pads are like a sledgehammer in the bass on the TH900, HE-6, and HE-400...
  23. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    My universal experience is that they absolutely disappear bass, especially sub bass, and may introduce a lot of upper treble. It's almost like a low shelf EQ, 12-15db bass reduction. This might be preferable on certain headphones, however. Like if you wanted your LCD-X to be an HD800/T1.
  24. thefitz

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Posted this in the HE-6 forum thinking it was this one, hah. I think there's some secret sauce in Dekoni's TH900 pads. They're the exact same size as their HiFiMan pads - same diameter, same ear hole opening, same thickness throughout, same angle. The only difference (beside the lack of a...
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