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HiFiMAN HE6 Headphones

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  • The HE-6 is the reference choice of critical listeners around the world
  • Frequency Response: 8 to 65 KHz
  • Efficiency: 83.5 DB
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  • HiFiMan - HE-6 Headphones

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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"

From the Manufacturer

Considered by many to be the world's finest headphone, without regard to price, the HIFIMAN HE-6 features the company's proprietary planar magnetic technology in a no-compromise design. With sensitivity of 83.5dB, the HE-6 must be paired with a headphone amplifier of comparable quality such as the HIFIMAN EF5 which delivers 2 watts per channel. The HE-6 is the reference choice of critical listeners around the world. HE-6 requires a powerful headphone amplifier to drive it. Our EF6 headphone amplifier can serve 5 watt per channel at 50 Ohm.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 4.5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005S3EIOS
  • Item model number: HE6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 3, 2011

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9 of 10 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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10 of 12 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Nicholas Tubbs on August 29, 2014
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These headphones are something special. Magical, even. That is, until you take them off and stop listening to the music. The build quality is horrendous. Fresh out of the box, the headphones came scuffed and marred. The headband's material (is it even leather) crinkled and felt incredibly cheap. The exposed metal on the headband looks incredibly cheap and flimsy. I can nervous about treating these cans with anything but kid gloves. Many headphones costing an order of magnitude less are far better built with far more attention to detail. It's clear that every dollar of this product goes into either snake oil or the drivers themselves. Everything else is absolute rubbish. Even the OCC 4-pin cable is very short, flimsy, and incredibly cheap. I have never encountered a stock cable so terrible; I think I prefer even the cables that came with the HD650/600/580!

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.
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