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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    I use the LDR3x, which is like 1/10th the cost of their finished units :) As far as I know, Tortuga Audio has the best implementation in the market. They use software control to keep everything in the most optimized and calibrated configuration. No other LDR i have come across carries that...
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    I can wholeheartedly agree with getting a preamp for the highest fidelity. I remember when I was using a integrated receiver, then I bypassed all the controls and used a LDR-based passive preamp. Wow, I couldn't believe just how much resolution i was missing. The preamp in the integrated was...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    That looks beautiful man! I was a little concerned about your higher voltage toroidals, but it looks like it worked out in the end :) How long does it take to fully warm up in that 5U beast? Always happy to help a fellow Head-Fi'er!     Edit: I am building F4 and Aleph J very soon and am...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Hmm, do you mind providing a link. My google search isn't bringing it up.
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    HM-901

    The answer would be yes, but I don't have experience with the JH13. Perhaps if you live in USA you can call Moon Audio or BTG audio for their services in retermination.
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    HM-901

    No huge wires or anything. In fact, with the balanced card, you can use fully what is already in most headphone cables - all 4 wires - for greatest power delivery and channel separation. The TRRS jack is no more bulky than a TRS jack :) The only caveat is re-terminating your current headphones...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    But that makes sense  
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    But where am i going to put the beer?
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

      LOL that would be hilarious.
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

      Lol I never looked at the voltage swing closely, but made the assumption it was similar to other First Watt offerings. It clearly is not. Thanks for clarifying that. The F4 is a current source amp, meaning you need a voltage buffer like a First Watt B1, or a serious preamp to give what it...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    "No issues" as in bass light, bright and clipping. Something isn't right, even when you say the less powerful WA5 doesn't exhibit clipping. You have a sub-optimal preamp/gain configuration somewhere, it's not the power output of the amps.  
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Yeah no issues here either, and the F5 is more than 2x the output of the F1J too. That makes you, potterma, dubstep girl, me and some others I can't think of that are satisfied. Something is fishy. Oh well, atleast you guys found something you are happy with.
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Well, I think you could either have a sub-optimal preamp, or some type of gain issue. You may also just prefer the tube amps colorations compared to them. Maybe SE could chime in here...
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    REVIEW - Yulong Audio Sabre DA8 Reference DAC

    Hmm, makes me wonder how wide of a frequency response the internal amp has, perhaps 100khz or more.
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    So, I played Kodo's O-Daiko (Big Drum) track just through my TV speakers to observe it on the JRiver analyzer. I see fundamentals at approx 60hz for 2/3 of the song, then they drop down to approx 45hz at the last third of the song  The harmonics look beautiful too, can't wait to try this on the...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    10W, right on the money just like I've found. 
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Yes, I have a huge 4U chassis with a pre-drilled mounting spec for all the DiyAudio boards. It's just enough heatsink for the Aleph J and F4, but not the F5 Turbo. One huge power supply too. I will be going even further by attaching bullet connectors to all the wires, so all I have to do is...
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    Hello from a former Lurker

    Hehehehe. Maybe let your hubby wrap some up as presents for the family then when you're away so you have room for more  Be sure to tell him your least favorites though!
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    For something smaller, give some of those gainclones a shot. Besides, I'm curious how they pan out :)
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    REVIEW - Yulong Audio Sabre DA8 Reference DAC

    Yeah, the HE-5LE does have a little glare from what I remember when I owned it. One thing I do hear now that i didn't previously was pre/post ringing on the impulse response. It's really only audible on the sharp filter. On slow filter, it is greatly reduced and maybe even inaudible. Pretty much...
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    Hello from a former Lurker

    Yeah I am more of a downtempo/ambient/deep person myself. I used the term EDM merely as a catch all phrase for brevity  Most headphone lovers will find that 2-4 is really all you need, so maybe sell the others except your most favorite 1-2 and move higher up the chain. Like monopoly, trade 5...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Oh ok. Well there's I/V conversion somewhere, i guess it's integrated inside the ESS9023 chip?
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