HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone
Sep 22, 2018 at 4:29 AM Post #20,687 of 21,237

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I've got a custom cable for HE-6 but it can't stay screwed in. Is ZMF especially good at staying screwed into the HE-6's schiity connections?

Also, what would that set me back?

Same issue and I tired early of it! Nearly and verbally almost broke my silence - calm & mystery ruled the night, no profanity spoken. Immediately grabbed my mobe and called Florida (Wireworld) for a custom cable and then had my dealer (Aphrodite Cu29) hardwire my '6.'
 
Sep 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM Post #20,688 of 21,237

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Same issue and I tired early of it! Nearly and verbally almost broke my silence - calm & mystery ruled the night, no profanity spoken. Immediately grabbed my mobe and called Florida (Wireworld) for a custom cable and then had my dealer (Aphrodite Cu29) hardwire my '6.'
I have had no issues with my CustomCans cable's screwed connection to my HE6's and I only screwed them hand tight !
 
Sep 23, 2018 at 4:52 AM Post #20,690 of 21,237

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Sep 23, 2018 at 4:54 PM Post #20,692 of 21,237

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Sep 29, 2018 at 4:52 PM Post #20,693 of 21,237

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Listening to my modded 4-screw right now with the @DekoniAudio Fenestrated Sheepskins and Elite Hybrids. I'd been using some ZMF Ori's with some felt dampening, but I think the thinner, less deep pads work better overall on the HE-6.

The 4-screws are of course a little brighter than the 6's and while I'm not super sensitive to treble, they can get a little fatiguing after awhile. The Elite Hybrids really seem to open the 6's up and give them a airy, yet detailed presentation. The highs are right in that sweet spot and it feels like I can listen to them for hours without issue. Bass quantity and impact does suffer slightly, but that's expected with these pads. The soundstage and imaging are just fantastic with the Hybrids. The presentation is very expansive and cohesive. Finally the comfort of the Hybrids is outstanding. Probably one of the most comfortable I've tried on the HE-6's.

Onto the Fenestrated Sheepskins. These are rather easy to compare to the Hybrids. It's basically like turning the knob to 11 and hold onto something. Bass response/quantity increases and soundstage isn't quite as big, so everything sounds more in your face. Treble is extended, right to the point where it was pushing my comfort levels. I listen to music rather loud (probably too loud) so this might not be a problem for some, but I'd probably get fatigued during extended listening sessions. Still, there's something to be said about the visceral quality this brings out of the HE-6's. Comfort is decent, but not nearly as good as the Hybrids or the thicker Ori's.

Overall I really liked both sets of pads and will probably just interchange them depending on what mood or music I'm listening to. Of course the quality is top notch and the included mounting rings are actually better than stock HiFiman rings. Wish I would have went ahead and got the regular Sheepskins and Velours, but even through Massdrop they aren't cheap. Perhpaps @DekoniAudio can send me them so I can do a full write-up and comparison? :)

Also I can throw these on any of the early HiFiMan headphones (HE-5,HE-5LE,HE-4,HE-400,HE-500) if anyone wants to know how they sound.
 
Oct 21, 2018 at 6:52 AM Post #20,695 of 21,237

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thinking about getting used he-6. however, worried about thier durability. Seem that many experienced driver failure. Any advice on their durability?
thanks.
 
Oct 21, 2018 at 8:08 AM Post #20,696 of 21,237

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thinking about getting used he-6. however, worried about thier durability. Seem that many experienced driver failure. Any advice on their durability?
thanks.

Had mine since January 2011 with no durability issues of any kind while using them with every SS and tube amp I could get my hands on including one based on an ICE 1,000ASP. I have, however, always been very careful with start up, shut down and volume.
 
Oct 21, 2018 at 8:13 AM Post #20,697 of 21,237

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Had mine since January 2011 with no durability issues of any kind while using them with every SS and tube amp I could get my hands on including one based on an ICE 1,000ASP. I have, however, always been very careful with start up, shut down and volume.
Thank you.
 
Oct 21, 2018 at 9:37 AM Post #20,698 of 21,237

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thinking about getting used he-6. however, worried about thier durability. Seem that many experienced driver failure. Any advice on their durability?
thanks.
I can say basically the same as rlawli. Had it since 2012 and no issues at all.

Those who have blown a driver usually have done it while having HE-6 attached to a very powerful (more that 100W in 8 Ohm) stereo amplifier.
 
Oct 22, 2018 at 1:54 PM Post #20,700 of 21,237

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I see that hifiman didn't replace my dead driver on arrival, they still have trace from a previou fuzzor mod on them. Weird thing is that it was the right driver died, now thats the left that's stopped working.

What did they do *** ? just switch the drivers ?!?
 

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