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Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by milosz, Dec 23, 2010.
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  1. Liu Junyuan
    Sorry, this was typed in bed on phone. You are correct the WA7 will not drive the HE-6 to its potential. Your Marantz integrated may be fine for the time being. I used a 20 wpc integrated Xindak Class-A, which was fantastic, particularly for the price. Eventually, though, I craved more power and realized things could be better. And I still can do better. In other words, for now, you'll be alright. I mentioned the AHB2 because it possesses the transparency and power worthy of the HE-6, although not cheap and dependent (as usual) on a good pre-amp. I myself do not yet own one. A First Watt amp, already mentioned, is similarly worth looking into.

    Best of luck!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2018
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  2. Liu Junyuan
    Thanks so much for the prompt reply, Ken!

    I had no clue about this tube either, save that it serves as the rectifier in my amp. Very fascinating regarding its use in televisions in the 60s and 70s.

    I forgot to mention that one reason I suspected as much was that I was warned after receiving them that some Tele EY500A have been faked. But your comments regarding the boxes and possibility for being preserved is reassuring.

  3. robthemac

    Yep, will spend some quality time with the HE-6 and Marantz for a while, then look at a decent integrated amp if my planar itch still needs scratching.
  4. LarsHP
    Changing pads should be fine then. I very highly recommend changing the stock pads as mentioned in the previous post.
  5. Shazb0t
    Has anyone tried the Lyr 3?
  6. robthemac
    Bump. Also interested to hear how Lyr 3 would work.
  7. Happy Camper
    There's not been a piece of Schit to drive the HE6 to their full potential. If you want to hear what they are capable of, go to a high end audio store and strap them on to an amp that is made for planar/stats and have mono/dual mono amps. Naim, Sim Audio, etc. with plenty of power supply.

    Wasn't that impressed with the couple of Marantz receivers I heard them on. No depth, too flat sounding.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018
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  8. Shazb0t
    Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 9.0W RMS per channel
    Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 6.0W RMS per channel (7.5W at <1% THD typical, one channel driven)

    Come on dude. I would rather hear impressions from someone who has tried the combination.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
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  9. hawkhead
    "Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 9.0W RMS per channel
    Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 6.0W RMS per channel (7.5W at <1% THD typical, one channel driven)"

    and at the impedance of the HE-6 ?
  10. Shazb0t
    It's 4.0W RMS per channel according to Schiit.

    They also have this on their product page:
    "Power and Finesse in One
    Want to run IEMs? Sure. Need power for your HE-6? Sure. If this means nothing to you, just be confident that you can plug any headphone into Lyr 3 and get great sound. With full power delivered from the standard ¼” jack, you don’t need balanced headphones to take full advantage of Lyr 3."

    If you think their audio engineers are wrong about the power requirements, feel free to let them know. For anyone who has tried the combination, I'm still curious about your impressions.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  11. Mightygrey
    G'day guys, hijacking the thread *slightly* as this seems to have the right people to help point me in the right direction. I have a new-to-me set of HE-5's that I'm looking to drive with authority beyond my Magni 3.

    Sure, they're easier to drive that the HE-6's, but I was considering using my NAD D 3020 integrated amp to use as an all-in-one desktop amp/dac with the HE-5's. The 3020 is a class-D amp capable of 30WPC at 8 ohms. I was planning to rig an adapter via a female TRS cable; splitting the ground into L/R banana plugs, and then the L/R terminals into banana plugs.

    Obviously I would proceed with extreme caution with both source and amp levels, but would be great for any quick pointers or caution before proceeding.

  12. Shazb0t
    Just start with the volume at zero and move up slowly. Turn the volume back down before shutting the system off. If you do these two things you'll be fine
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  13. Liu Junyuan
    I'd think you'll be alright with the HE-5. I did so with the HE-500 just fine. They sounded better than anything I'd heard once I first hooked them up to a speaker amp.
  14. Mightygrey
    Success! Jury-rigged it up when I got home from work and it sounds INCREDIBLE...
  15. LarsHP
    Congrats! You have of course made sure that the "ground" wires are separated? If not: Unplug immediately and make sure that each ground goes to to each channel.
    (I saw you mentioned "TRS cable" which means the ground from L & R is common.)
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