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Cayin iHA-6 - US Tour and reviews

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by project86, Feb 7, 2016.
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  1. project86 Contributor
    If you're anything like me, you'll enjoy the Cayin stack significantly more than the HDVD800. 
  2. EvenR
    It's not too bright? That's the only potentially bad thing i've heard about the stack when pairing it with HD800 headphones.
    I really enjoyed how the Sennheiser amps handle their headphones. It had great balance and control. 
  3. project86 Contributor
    Depends on your perspective I suppose. I don't find it overly bright but then again I think I've finally come to terms with the HD800 after all these years. If I'm not in the mood, no amp short of a very rolled off tube amp can make it tolerable. 
    So yes, I suppose it's bright in comparison to some other darker amps, but I don't think it is overly bright if that makes any sense. A lot of people fell in love with the Auralic Taurus plus HD800 and this is essentially the same thing. 
    EDIT - forgot to mention, the tube option and filter choices on the DAC can help if you do find it somewhat aggressive. 
  4. EvenR

    Thanks a lot. I wasn't clear in my last post. The only headphone I'm going to be using with the stack is the HD800S since I sold the original.

    Is your view in the pairing any different if we are talking about the S version? I'm certainly looking forward to playing with the versatility of the iDAC and finding my preferred settings.
  5. Andykong

    The HD800S is more forgiving then the original HD800, and iDAC-6/iHA-6 combo should work with the HD800S satisfactory. When you receive the Cayin combo, don't jump into conclusion immediately, run it for a few days non-stop, then start to play around with all sorts of system tweaks, I am confident that you'll find the system enjoyable and likeable. :L3000:
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  6. Andykong
    The US tour of the iDAC-6 and iHA-6 combo has kicked started, our first tour reviewer Dillan has received the combo on Sat. afternoon, he'll audition the combo with his LCD4 and new toys acquired recently. This should be a very interesting stop in the US tour. :beerchug:
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  7. EvenR
    Do I have to have my HD800S plugged into the xlr for a few days while playing to burn in the xlr output or can I just as well do it with any output on the cayin?
  8. Andykong

    You need to attach a headphone to the iHA-6 during the aging (burn-in) process. You don't have to use HD800S for that, any headphone will do but we advice to avoid high sensitivity low impedance headphone as the aging process will be very slow and inefficient.
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  9. EvenR
    Alright. I think i'll just keep my 800S plugged in for a few days while running the stack fully balanced. That should do the trick. Thank you.
  10. hufnall
    In my  Cayin iHA-6 socked Headphone (High) "is playing" more guietly than Headphone (Low).
    I checked with connect : Ultrasone Edition 5, K812, K701, TH900, LCD 2, LCD 3, K1000.
    Is it good?
    I supposed, that socked 6,3 mm have : 0 dB i +10 dB.
    Best regards 

  11. grizzlybeast
    yes because none of those are high impedance headphones. You should be using the low socket. 
  12. hufnall
    Are you sure, that headphones connects with socked Low, no High, shoud play more aloud?
    Have you iHA6 ?
  13. rudra
    My understanding was that low impedance can on high impedance output socket will not play loud. If your cans are less than 120 ohms you are better of using the low impedance socket which is rated at 10 ohms. 
  14. grizzlybeast

    I reviewed it.

    The low is impedance not low gain. You should be using all of your headphones in the low impedance socket because non of them are high impedance headphones. They should sound like crap through the high impedance jack.
  15. Andykong

    grizzlybeast is correct, we have a separate Gain control (bottom button on the left side of the screen), switching the High and Low impedance connection will not introduce significant change in output volume.

    I suggest you try out different Gain and Current setting on the iHA-6 with each of the headphone you have mentioned. There might be surprised in due course but I can recommend the following setting to start wtih:

    Ultrasone Edition 5, K812: Low Current, Low Gain
    K701: Low current, High Gain
    LCD 2, LCD 3, K1000: High Current, High Gain

    I am not familiar with TH900, I believe low gain will work with this headphone alright, but not sure about the effect of Current setting, so you have to try it out in person.

    Last but not least, I strongly recommend you to try out the Balanced connections of iHA-6 with LCD2, LCD3 and K1000. These headphones have bundled a 4pin Balanced headphone cables and iHA-6 will handle these headphones better when you go for balanced.
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