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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. cskippy
    Honestly Saga is quite competent for the money and IMO better than Vidar. Don't bother with expensive tubes either, they didn't do much to change the overall sound.
    Saga is more transparent than Freya and the remote is a nice feature.
  2. iliketowrap19
    I see one on amazon for around that price. I'll do some research on it.
    So I could use the Saga as a standalone without needing an AMP? I have a Emotiva Bas X and an Audio GD R2R 11
  3. cskippy
    You could use the R2R11 as a preamp for the Vidar, just make sure you have it set up for variable line out or RIP your ears and speakers. Probably the easiest option to try.
  4. iliketowrap19
    I'd be using this for the HE-6. I've never had to use anything other than a USB mode on the R2R so I'm not exactly sure what additional wires I would need to connect it to something else like the Vidar. And I'm assuming I wouldn't need the HE-Adapter?
  5. cskippy
    So your chain would be R2R11 >RCA connectors > Vidar > speaker tap to 4pin XLR >4pin XLR to HE-6.
    Make sure you put the R2R11 in preamp mode (P) set low gain at first (L) and turn the volume down all the way. Connect HE-6 and slowly turn up the volume, preferably with HE-6 off your head just to be safe. If it makes sound then put them on and enjoy!
    When you're done, disconnect HE-6 at the 4pin XLR adapter then turn off Vidar and then R2R11.
    Just to double check, you haven't opened up the R2R11 and moved jumpers? If not, it should still be in variable output mode for the preamp which is what you want.
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  6. cskippy
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  7. iliketowrap19
    How heavy is the Vidar
  8. cskippy
  9. iliketowrap19
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  10. MadSounds
    so with a new production ss amp is there any need to add output resistors? such as vidar or audio-gd amps.

    also is it normal to leave headphones plugged into a power amp? I asume speaker rules apply where you shouldn't plugg/unplugged while powered on
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  11. iliketowrap19
  12. audiophilehe400
  13. iliketowrap19
    I would assume so lol. The Huge weight and size of these receivers is what scares me though lol.
  14. audiophilehe400
    They are heavy and large, but their size allows for the beauty of these amps to really shine.
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