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HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by jigf, May 21, 2010.
  1. bosiemoncrieff
    I just ordered the Mjolnir 2, and am debating HE500/560/6. I realize that it would be a less than optimal pairing given the HE6's requirements, but would the sound quality of the HE6 in such a situation be inferior to that of the 500 or the 560?
  2. Fink24
    I used to own a HE-500.

    The sound quality of the HE-6 powered by an EF-5 (2W output) was about the same level.

    With 5W output power, the HE-6 should definitely sound better than the HE-500.
  3. Mshenay Contributor
    Hmm that's good to know, I've got a little over 5W out on my NFB 10ES2... hmm hmm hmm 
  4. somestranger26

    HE6 sounds fine out of NFB-10ES. It isn't going to compete with a lot of the amps people here are using, but I doubt you will be disappointed.
  5. Mshenay Contributor
    Is fine better than my HE 4 is the question 
  6. somestranger26

    Have not heard HE4, but had the HE5 and HE5LE and the HE6 even a bit underpowered stomped all over both.
  7. Mshenay Contributor
    yea but the HE 4 is a different animal xD
  8. cskippy
    Looking at the frequency responses for the HE-4/HE-6, so take with a big grain of salt, but it looks like the HE-6 is a more refined HE-4.  The frequency responses are almost identical but the HE-6 has better distortion, better square waves, and impulse response probably do to the better control of the diaphragm with dual magnets versus the HE-4's single magnets.  The mids alone compared to the HE-500's mids make the HE-6 worth it for me.  Stock form is **** though unless you are using a godly amp.
  9. Mshenay Contributor
    well I've only got about 5W on tap, though 9/10 I'll be skipping over the HE 6 an grabbing my self an Ether C honestly, easier to drive 
    though I might re vist the HE 6 in stock form when I have the space an cash for an Audio GD Master 11! I have JUST enough power on my NFB10ES2 for classical on the HE 4, I don't think I'd have enough power for the HE 6 on my quiter classic pieces, though I might luck out an get a pair to try! 
  10. Oregonian

    I haven't heard the C but did have the open back Ether and no way can they compare to an HE-6.  That said, it's about having the amp to drive them, as you know, but if you are after end all, be all the HE-6 is it.  At least compared to the Ether...................and if you do get an HE-6, find a vintage amp bud.  Hook up the speaker taps and proceed to have your mind blown. 
    I liked the Ether, but no comparison to the HD800 I bought instead, or the Dharma.  Just my opinion. 
  11. NZtechfreak
    I like the Ether, but also find it not a patch on the HE6 (selling my Ether, says it all really).
  12. Mshenay Contributor
    The cost of Both the HE 6 an a Master II would run me around $2500 :/ vs the Ether C which would run me around $1600 
    I need a end Game Closed Back anyways, why not go with a headphone that'll serve to upgrade to my HE 4 an my entire collection of Closed Backs 
    An in the Future, when we see something BETTER than the HE 6, an a few Modded HE 6s hit the market I'll have the amp I want, an I can grab the headphone I really want 
  13. jarnopp

    @Hansotek, I'm also looking forward to your impressions. I do not have the experience/equipment you do for headphone amp comparisons, but I've burned in my LC fully and it sounds so great with the HE-6s (driven by Chord Mojo as a dac it's their 3v line out setting) that I can't seem to stop. There is plenty of bass when it's in the recording and I am not hearing any distortion nor getting my ears stabbed out with treble. I do think my blood pressure has dropped 10 points from pure enjoyment, though!
  14. bosiemoncrieff

    Aren't the go-to end-game closed-back usually considered the Fostex TH900, AKG N90Q, LCD-XC, and (if you can find them) Sony MDR-R10? There's the new electrostatic earbud too, I suppose...
  15. NZtechfreak
    LCD-XC, blegh. I'd have the Ether C over those (well, in fact I do, as well as the Pandora Hope VI and the McIntosh MHP1000).

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