HiFiMan - HE-6 Headphones
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- The HiFiMAN HE-6 represents the absolute pinnacle of audiophile-grade headphone engineering
- The HiFiMAN HE-6 is an 'Orthodynamic' planar-magnetic design headphone marrying the best of dynamic and planar driver design into one can offering unparalled clarity and beautiful sound
- Although extremely demanding of your audio sources and also extremely power-hungry to boot, audiophiles employing high-end headphone amps will fawn over the HE-6's simple, uncluttered acoustic textures, precise timbral accuracy and vast, open-sounding depth of musical field.
- HiFiMAN HE6 go about the business of playing music with simple accuracy and complete tonal precision, they also present amongst the widest and deepest soundstage imaging of any audiophile phones on the market
- long with this naturally open-toned spaciousness, the HE6's planar-magnetic drivers' detail resolution power and ability to retrieve low-level, nuanced subtleties is revelatory
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PLEASE NOTE. These need a headphone amplifier capable of comfortably delivering ~2 watts into 50 ohms to sound their best, especially if you like to listen at realistic levels. You can connect them directly to the output of a "speaker" amp without danger, as long as the amp is rated at 40~50 watts or less. An excellent alternative is to use the HiFiMan HE-Adapter box. Features: Advanced Orthodynamic engineering offers best sound quality between dynamic/electrostatic technologies Full-size 'around-the-ear' circumaural construction Reference headphone amp needed to power HE-6 Excellent 3-year manufacturer's warranty Included In The Box: 1 OCC (single crystal copper) 4-pin XLR cable (2 m / 6 ft) 1 OCC XLR to 1/4" 6.3mm headphone plug adapter (1m / 3 ft) 2 Headphone cable connector adaptors 1 earpad / extra replacement Specifications: Acoustic Seal: Open Sensitivity: 83.5 dB Warranty: 3 years Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years Headphone Type: Full Size Weight: 502 grams Impedance @ 1kHz: 50 Ohms Cable Length: 2.75 metres Detachable Cable: Yes Cord Type: Straight Y Coupler Size: Large Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size Driver Type: Dynamic
Top Customer Reviews
On low medium volume there's no match. Hifiman wins for transparency, micro details, neutrality, effortless dynamic and sub bass extension, sense of air...
On high volume they match on details on the mids, I guess because the hifiman loose something. Beyer T1 has also a better central soundstage and coeherence in the soundstage. But Hifiman has better lateral and depth soundstage, better micro dynamic and low level details, sub bass and generally bass that you feel like real. And all that using just a NAD 3225PE. In the next days I'm going to try it with a modded Aereo Space Tube amplifier.
This headphones, with the NAD amplifer only, is a must deal, I can't use any other
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The case in which they came was only partially assembled; the latch came off because it wasn't even screwed into the box. I'm not going to judge a product by its packaging, but we're talking some pretty rare air once we get into the kilobuck range for a pair of headphones. Customers used to solid packaging (Sennheiser HD-800) or incredible packaging (Audeze, Oppo) are not in for a pleasant ride when they receive these cans.
Oh, and don't get me started on the connectors. Worst. Connectors. Ever.
And, of course, you know these things are a bear to drive. An absolute bear. If you don't know this, buy literally any other headphone for a better time; you're not going to space today. Oppo's HA-1 and HeadAmp's GS-X just barely make the cut. Get ready to throw the gain switch into high. Schiit's high-wattage amps may be the better choice.
Comfort is middle of the road. The pad material feels at least as terrible as the headband material and is going to take a beating to get comfortable (if ever).
But, we need to get back to the magic. Forget how cheap these headphones look and feel. Forget the crappy packaging, connectors, and wires. Forget that your headamp is trying not to melt your face to power these.
Reader, well-driven, these headphones are the dragons you've been chasing. They bring incredible clarity, imaging, dynamics, control, precision, and accuracy. They are effortless, non-fatiguing, and lacking in coloration. Reward them with a lot of power, a good source chain, and good software and you're in for a treat. Are they better than all of the other kilobuck headphones? Not necessarily. They're different. They're likely the best fit for some and disappointing for others. They are definitely worth an audition, if nothing else. There's no formula for what's best for this sort of product. There are many things I can complain about with these headphones, but the sound quality is certainly not one of them.
With some effort into the materials, industrial design, ergonomics, and packaging, these would be an easy five-star product.
Here are some key insights that you need to consider before purchasing these cans:
1) Almost impossible to drive; don't buy if you aren't ready to shell out for a very nice amp. Like another reviewer mentioned, these are actually harder to drive than the K1000s. I know that's hard to believe and the math doesn't quite add up but it's true. Off of my Jonokuchi, the K1Ks had more than adequate power and were too loud at 9 o'clock. The HE-6s, however, had to be basically cranked to the max in order to even get them to a pleasurable listening level.
I want to spend more time on this point because it's such an important point. It is also the reason why HiFiMAN offered a speaker wire adapter for these because there are few amps under $5,000 that can power these without using that method. For this reason, I think many people have been negative about HE-6s because they never get an optimal setup for them. I've seen more than one owner of a high-end US amplifier company been completely blown away by these to the point where he actually gave them the edge over HD800s (the headphone he based most of his audio lineup off of).
The cheapest, and surprisingly one of the best amps that I tried was the Bottlehead S.E.X. 2.1 amp. Yes, it's a kit amp, but you can also pay for it to be built by one of their engineers. The kit starts at $539, and even at $1,500 would be an incredible deal. It powers these like no other, no speaker cable needed. Not only does it provide sufficient power but it makes them sing. Yes, a lot of the other solid state or really high-end amps were great too, but for some reason this amp stood out in the crowd.
Again, similar to the HE-500s the build quality just seems lacking when compared to the competitors. The HD800s, LCD-2/3s, and even the T1s seem much more durable and well-constructed. I had to get a replacement headband since the headband has a rim to it that can easily wear. It's not a big deal, but it seems like it should be better given the price you pay.
For those that own the HE-500, I think you're doing a disservice to not buy or at least experience the HE-6 on a good system. It takes everything great about the HE-500 and magnifies it by 5x. If you can't afford to buy these and an amp, then DO NOT BUY. You will be extremely disappointed and even if you can scrounge up money, it will take a while before you find one that you like.
However, running these off my HM-801 (which is simply the best portable, fullstop) via a suitable amp (herein the problem) leaves one very satisfied. These headphones are open type so the overall sound is very "breezy" or delightfully airy, and not closed. You can hear alot of external room sounds (even the whisper of the a/c can affect your listening pleasure!) as a result but once there is music, one is in bliss. In layman's terms, jazz/classical music is beautifully clear, vocals are fab, instruments can generally be picked off one by one in clarity, bass is good (but not room thumping, naturally, but well articulated)... The sound stage is intimate and more close-up compared perhaps to the more widely dispersed 'concert' sound of the Sennheisers in general so personal preferences are key. I like both but have found myself, a life long Sennheiser user, spending more time with Hifiman's excellent sound (from HE-300 upwards). Generally one listens in a more fulsome way at lower volume levels with these headphone because they carry so much more, but listening at higher volumes is also quite nice!
Good recordings (and you would be surprised how badly some big named stars record and how well some old recordings come up) sound superb but bad recordings are made quite apparent though listenable. 44/16bit or 96/24bit music is made for such headphones or vice versa...so flac or high end sound formats are a must to capture details.
Comfort levels are solidly good (not spectacular); your head is not in a vice grip and one can listen for good periods without overheating etc.
The hitch is the amp: planar magnetic phones need tons (2W+ I believe) of power to run them, especially to exercise them to their optimum performance levels. I recommend EF-5 as the acceptable fairly well matched (non balanced) amp from the same stable; you do have to run this amp on high gain and volume pretty much full up. If you have a bigger budget, better and more balanced amps avail! Doubtless those would bring out even higher qualities of sound.
It's a lot of $$$s but for the discerning listener, it is godsend.
PS Update Oct 1 2013 :
I have the LCD-3 and Sennheiser HD-800, two very fine phones each with their differences, physically and in house sound etc. However for those wavering on which of these fine headphones is best (and there is no one answer), it is really a question of musical taste (and mood!). But I have found that the HE-6 is my most go-to headphones all round (+/- considered) for classical and jazz and I would stick with this on my desert island.