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HiFiMan - HE-6 Headphones

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  • Frequency Response: 8 to 65 KHz
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Efficiency: 83.5 DB
  • OCC(single crystal copper) 4pin XLR cable *1 (2 m / 6 ft)
  • OCC XLR to 6.5mm headphone plug adapter *1 (1m / 3 ft)
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  • HiFiMan - HE-6 Headphones

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  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005S3EIOS
  • Item model number: HE-6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 3, 2011

Product Description

HiFiMan HE-6 Headphones Unmatched Musicality and Transparency That's Worth Every Penny  A Huge Step Above the Rest: Ultra-Sensitive and Revealing Performance The HE-6 is HiFiMan's flagship design, a no-compromise approach that creates gorgeous soundscapes with lifelike presence. Considered by many to be the world's finest headphone, the HE-6 features HiFiMan's proprietary planar magnetic technology in a no-compromise design. It is the reference choice of critical listeners around the world. Unfortunately, the efficiency of the HE-6 is so low, it requires more power than most headphone amps provide. The solution: HiFiMan designed the small HE-Adapter box that connects the headphones via speaker wire to an integrated or power amplifier. "HiFiMAN's new HE-6 is a world-class headphone that, though certainly not cheap, is reasonably priced for the quality on offer. Enthusiasts seeking the very best of the best would be wise to include this headphone on their 'must audition' lists." - Chris Martens, Playback, Nov. 2010 Silky smooth treble, wicked-fast transients, deep propulsive bass, and a midrange so sweet it'll bring tears to your eyes. HiFiMan's HE Series headphones use a featherweight diaphragm driven by a massive magnet structure that makes ordinary headphones sound slow and bloated. "The HE-6 reminds us of hyper-revealing loudspeakers like the MartinLogan CLX, but with the ability to deliver deep, powerful bass on demand." - The Absolute Sound, "2012 Editors' Choice Awards"

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Highly recommended - with some caveats.
They say Headroom's Ultimate Desktop Amp, and Burson's HA-160 drive it .
Peter L. Wilson
Doubtless those would bring out even higher qualities of sound.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter L. Wilson on September 28, 2012
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The HifiMAN HE-6 is difficult to drive. More difficult, they say, than the speaker-like AKG 1000. Many people give up on the HE-6 in frustration, unless they have a powerful speaker amp to use it with. And therein lies a conundrum, because if you have a powerful amp you very likely are using it to drive speakers for your primary listening and may not want or need an expensive headphone, such as the HE-6; and if you are to use the HE-6 for desktop listening it is difficult to find an amp to mate with it. HifiMAN's own EF6 is a perfect match for it. They say Headroom's Ultimate Desktop Amp, and Burson's HA-160 drive it . Red Wine Audio's Isabellina sounds wonderful with it. However, rule out almost all portable amps, notably except ALO's Rx MK3-B rig (i.e., Cyberlabs Algorhythm Solo, Rx MK3-B, and iPod) , which drives it beautifully. So you have to seriously consider the amp you will use before buying the HE-6. Why, then, should you want it? As a salesman (someone selling the very product!) said to me: "I don't know why they make that thing." They make it because, mated with the right amp, it rivals the most musical sounding headphones on the planet.

None that I have heard has a more pristine treble, none a more transparent midrange; and if the bass does not go quite as deep as the LCD-2's, to my ears, its bass is more controlled than that of its more popular counterpart (which I own). The HE-6 separates from the pack playing complex musical passages and chords. Using the ALO rig, if you play music as challenging as, say, the first movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, you will experience the HE-6's speed, musical tone, and sonic decay, blending sound in space to a degree I have not heard matched by the AKG 701, Beyerdynamic T1, Grado PS 1000, LCD-2, or Ultrasone Ed 8.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Olson on January 21, 2014
I'm not sure when I got these, or how I came across them, but when I first heard them out of a really high-end rig ($5-$10k+) blew my mind. I already had the HD800s and K1Ks and was literally shocked at how amazing the sound stage on these were. Then I went home.

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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.N.Wijewardane on March 30, 2012
The big question of course is how these sound compared to, say, "the benchmark" Sennheiser HD800 (in this price range): I leave this to the experts.

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.
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