- May 8, 2012
The HE-6 really isn't meant for either headphone amps or speaker amps. It stubbornly sits in between like a petulant teenager who wants to play in the big leagues but still wants to get special treatment with kid gloves. It wants more power than a typical headamp can deliver, but wants lower noise floor than what speaker amps typically put out.
I cannot agree more.
I have tried HE-6 with a Marantz AV Amp , an Audio Note P-3, a Tripath 2022 T-Amp and a Sansui X11, all from speaker taps . All gives satifactory results, some better than other and the Sansui AU-X11, an 30 odd kg monster, flagship during early 80s, in particular .
I can only say that HE-6 expose the short coming of the vintage amp, compared with low distortion, low noise , high resolution modern speaker amps.