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HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by jigf, May 21, 2010.
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  1. heliosphann
    Yea, I liked the Elite Hybrids a lot as well. I commented on them and the Dekoni fenestrated sheepskins earlier in the thread: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/hif...etic-headphone.493214/page-1380#post-14511919
     
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  3. cskippy
    Fenestrated TH-900 pads were my go to pad for HE-6 with some additional modifications. Here is a 4 screw HE-6 with stock velour vs Dekoni Fenestrated Sheepskin TH-900 pads. I found them to preserve much of the glorious HE-6 sound but take the edge off the treble and bring the mids up a touch. Very nice sound.

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  4. emrelights1973
    I have a nice one to sell, 6 screws, it came to me as a bundle of buyin all headphone stuff from a friend, he bought it new
    I am happy with my other headphOnes... pm me if interested
     
  5. Feilong4
    Did you guys mean the Dekoni Hifiman Elite hybrid pads or the Dekoni TH900 Elite hybrid pads? Is there a difference in thickness? I was thinking of getting a pair of Dekoni TH900 hybrids.
     
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  6. heliosphann
    I was referring to the HiFiman Elite Hybrids. There is a difference between those and the TH900 pads, although probably not by much.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
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  7. Feilong4
    Also, I recently snatched up a prototype HE-6 and am quite liking it with the stock pleather(?) pads and the MrSpeakers Ether Flow Angled pads (both, after a bit of EQ). Mine has 4 screws.

    Also, are prototype HE-6's supposedly warmer/smoother than production HE-6's? A buddy of mine told me that early units were met with suggestions of more treble which was then applied in the production models.

    That said, I don't find them sharp or bright. I'm using them with a Gustard H10 on max gain (+12 gain). I don't hear clipping or distortion, and I get a bit of headroom.

    Hifiman HE-6, Stock pads vs MrSpeakers Ether C Angled pads.png
    Matched at 300 Hz. Measured with MiniDSP EARS with default headphone compensation. No EQ applied with the measurements above.

    Normally, I show 20 Hz to 20 kHz, but I think I got a somewhat bad seal with the stock pads which I hadn't realized until now. The bad seal can be seen with a gentle lift towards 20 Hz with a fast decay towards <20 Hz.

    Comparison to the HD600 and HD800:

    Hifiman HE-6, HD600, HD800.png
    Matched at 300 Hz. Measured with MiniDSP EARS with default headphone compensation. No EQ applied with the measurements above.

    HE-6.jpg
    Used some wire mesh to make the grills as suggested by a buddy. I may look into some acoustically transparent fabric to stop dust from getting in. Should I just reuse the ones on the stock Hifiman grills?
     
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  8. peterq
    It seems prototype doesn't has very bright treble according to your measurement.
     
  9. peterq
    Did you try zmf pad? How it sounds like?
     
  10. Feilong4
    I don't have any ZMF pads on me at the moment. I think @cskippy has tried them with the HE-6 and measured them alongside a few other pad pairings as well.

    I thinking of getting Dekoni elite hybrid or velours for mine.
     
  11. heliosphann
    ZMF Ori pads are pretty good. I had them on my 4-screw for a while. I like the Dekoni HiFiman offerings better though.
     
  12. Feilong4
    Have you tried the MrSpeakers Ether Flow Angled pads or the Dekoni Hifiman velour on yours?
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
  13. heliosphann
    Not yet, but I have both.
     
  14. Feilong4
    Any chance I can get you to try them and report back? :)
     
  15. jarnopp
    I meant the TH900 hybrids. Same for the Elite Velours. The Velours have a really sweet midrange, while the hybrids have more aggressive bass and more detailed treble. This is on my 6 screw with SMC connectors, modified as stated above.
     
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