Has anybody been using speakers on their Speaker amps they use for their HE6? I only have Vintage Geneva bookshelf speakers, and Technic SB- LX50K towers on them. I've been planning to buy JBL Studio 530s for some time, and i havent been able to find any in Canada, and all others are over seas for waaaay over retail.
Comparing between the 2 amps i have, just some quick notes. These amps are the SMSL SA98e and Bryston 2B LP
1. More bass in the smsl. My theory is that the Class D components in the SMSL create extra distortion, so the perceived low end is greater than the much cleaner bryston. But because the amp produces (in theory) produces distortion.... This is true for the highs too. While hardly noticable with music, doing a frequency sweep, the left channel buzzed at higher frequencies. I was scared cause i though my driver had a hole in it, but doing the same thing with the Bryston showed zero buzz (as it should cause its a pro level amp.) The cleanliness of the Bryston does reveal inherent flaws with the HE6, which is inducing siblance on less than average recordings. My current configuration for this comparison had zero back dampening, and my pair didnt come with any, so sticking a piece of flanal felt on the backside of the driver did absorb some reflections created by the grill, but ultimately to reduce the siblance to a much greater level you'll need an EQ or to stick felt in front of the driver, much like how Mr Speakers tunes his phones with Doggie Treats. I know people use the Fuzzor, but i cant comment because i dont have it installed on my pair yet.
Other than that, the SMSL is more in the head kind of stage, which the Bryston makes sounds come from outside the earcups. Imaging overall dynamix are also an improvement.
Changes in the dynamix and staging of the amps are subtle mind you, but the signature in the amp's sound are definitely noticeable. SMSL is warmer, which the Bryston is quite neutral. The 2bLP has a headphone out on the front, which is wired backwards lol, but plugging my Alpha Primes into the headphone out kicks serious @$$!
Yes. I have a 400A that was factory upgraded to Threshold e Series specs. It has no trouble driving the HE-6s, regardless of source material. The big thing to watch out for with these vintage 100 watt class A amps is the condition of the power capacitors. Highly recommended and often to be had for a modest price.
I have a Pioneer SA7700 Integrated Speaker Amp that does well with HE500s and HE6s a like. It has 2, 2 channel systems, which can be selected by an AB switch on the front, or have both running at the same time. It does have a headphone output for other phones, but there are hardly any resistors in the damn thing, and it gets loud at 2 on HE500s. 0.o
Just wanted to drop a note about my new he-6 and the ifi ican pro. I just got both last night and this far the ican pro seems to have no issue with the he-6. Right now I'm using the 9db gain setting and the volume is at 11 o'clock (plenty of volume left).
Granted I haven't heard these cans on any other amp because I don't own anything strong enough, but I'm liking what I hear, especially compared to the vanilla ican