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Yes, HE6SE sound better. If you are a hardcore audiophile, go for HE6SE absolutely. However, you need to have a deep pocket to buy DAC and AMP.
Ananda-BT has its own strength. It is a new product using DAC/AMP from their R2R product line. The MSRP is $1199.
For casual listening, Ananda-BT is quite good and give you the freedom of wireless. No more investment on the DAC and AMP.
By the way, I will say Ananda-BT has world's best wireless headphones sound.
The HE6 is supposed to be great and I was thinking about getting this but.........the big problem is you need a nuclear reactor to drive them properly. Have a THX 789, doubt that will cut it for the HE6.
I see the Ananda BT is aptX HD too. That may allow it to play the HD Ultra files on the new Amazon HD Music service. I have been unable to get my aptX enabled HPs to play anything beyond 16-44 files, I even bought a new aptX dongle in hopes that was the problem. So far the only way I can play HiRes files in in wired mode.
aptX only supports up to 16/44. aptX HD goes up to 24/48.
You can get yourself an Emotiva A-100 BasX for just under $250, and using the internal jumpers provided with the amp you can have all the juice you want.
An excerpt from their site:
"Direct output option for low-efficiency planar headphones allows you to route the main speaker outputs of the A-100 directly to the headphone jack to drive low-efficiency planar headphones properly without special cables or adapters"
See that’s the problem right there with the HE6. Most will have to get a new amp to use them......so count that as a cost and using a power amp is just inconvenient.
I have yet to hear an HE6 but have heard it is a good HP though.
A friendly warning for Samsung owners - Samsung's version of android does not support aptxhd FWIW.
However, Ananda-BT also supports LDAC, which is supported by Samsung.
HE6SE 900$ (50%) off - appears to be for new!
Focal elegia for $599 with code FALLSALE
Thanks for this. My B&W P7 just arrived and they look mint and sound really fine. There is a slight smile tonal balance, but very nicely done. Plus...they have now dropped the price a buck.
Love to take credit for finding the deal (@rhull1973 did)...I just posted the URL to help everyone spend their money more easily!
Mine arrive tomorrow...hope they're in as good a shape as yours!
FWIW...what goes around, comes around just pulled the trigger on the Elegia's -- thanks @speedwheels!
Philips Fidelio X2HR Over-Ear Wired Headphones (X2HR/27, Black) on sale for $149.99 on amazon.com
This is the lowest price I've seen for this, albeit not by much:
Amazon- Topping D10 USB DAC, $69.99