Optoma NuForce HEM6 Reference Class Hi-Res In-Ear Headphones with Triple Balanced Armature Drivers
- THREE LATEST Hi-Resolution Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers for an immersive performance.
- ACOUSTICALLY calculated and vibration free Lexan earpiece for comfortable and fatigue free fit.
- SUPERIOR Linear-Phase crossover design for seamless driver integration.
- TWO REPLACEABLE CABLES included: microphone cable when listening music on-the-go and high-end silver and OFC copper earphone cable for the best sonic performance.
- PACKAGE INCLUDES: range of silicon tips, COMPLY soft foam ear tips, WATER and AIRTIGHT POLYCARBONATE case, fabric POUCH, cleaning tool, 3.5mm to 6,3mm adapter and a safety guide.
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
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High Resolution In-Ear Headphones
The High Resolution certified HEM series set a new standard for accuracy, speed and comfort. Designed for music lovers and professionals, these innovative in-ear headphones offer budding artists, home recording musicians and DJs incredible audio reproduction. Combining the latest balanced armature driver technology with advanced crossover design, the HEM series reveal a wider frequency range for the ultimate listening experience.
The HEM series of in-ear headphones let you hear every track in exceptional clarity – for rich full-bodied sound. The combination of cutting-edge design and Hi-Res certified balanced armature driver technology results in balanced sound with crystal clear highs and explosive bass.
Advanced Crossover Design
The HEM series incorporate a three-way phase-coherent crossover design that achieves linear phase performance. The result is a natural, three-dimensional soundstage, lightning-fast transients and crystalline transparency.
What's in the Box?
- HEM earphones.
- 6x silicone tips in different sizes/two colors.
- High-end OFC earphone cable.
- Comply tips: T-100 two pairs in (L/M).
- Water and air-tight polycarbonate carrying case for the earphones.
- Carrying pouch.
- 3.5mm to 6.3mm connector.
- Cleaning tool.
- Safety guide.
- Earphone cable with microphone.
Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers
Featuring the latest generation of balanced armature drivers, the HEM series can reach frequencies as high as 40,000Hz - twice the frequency range of other balanced armature IEMs’. Each HEM model houses either four (HEM8), three (HEM6), two (HEM4) or one (HEM2) Knowles balanced armature drivers in each earbud – designed to produce pure, authentic sound from a compact body.
Pure Sound, Wherever You Go
Two tangle-free cables are included so you can choose between a microphone and inline remote for convenience, and a high-end cable for the best possible performance. The high-end cable is made of OFC and silver, while the 2-pin cable connectors are a proprietary mix of silver and copper with separate ground return for each channel.
Constructed with acoustically calculated, vibration-free Lexan earpieces the HEM series allow for prolonged listening without fatigue at any volume level. The in-ear monitors are lightweight making them ideal for use at home, in a recording studio, on stage or on the go.
For maximum comfort and performance HEM6 comes with two types of ear tips in a range of sizes for a snug, slip-free fit. These include Comply soft memory foam ear tips which shape themselves to fit perfectly in the ear canal, offering superior isolation from noise and creating incredible bass response.
Balanced Armature Driver Pt. 1
The HEM range of in-ear headphones are able to reproduce musical performance in the way that a professional full range speaker does. The new range is comprised of a modular design that includes a set of drivers controlled by a patented cross over design. An exclusive NuForce designed linear phase network is able to maintain the right note, at the right time and in the correct frequency to be played at all times. This set up allocates specific frequencies to a designated driver ensuring a perfect integration of frequency and phase which result in clarity speed and details that are constant at any volume.
The HEM’s reference performance calls for the best connection and delivery from a source. A hybrid silver/copper-conductor has been tailored specifically for the HEM and is used in the additional high-end braded cable that is offered with every HEM set. In fact, almost as much care and attention has been lavished on the design of the cable as on the earphones themselves, further enhancing and tuning the tonal balance to perfection.
Balanced Armature Driver Pt. 2
The latest Knowles balanced armature driver is superior to a single dynamic driver. It is able to reach frequencies of up to 40,000Hz without flex and distortion. Unlike a conventional dynamic driver, the balanced armature drivers use a magnet to move a small diaphragm, resulting in vanishingly low distortion levels. The combined ability of the drivers to deliver a greater range of frequencies, in comparison to a dynamic driver, makes them an ideal professional tool for those who record at higher than CD frequencies.
The HEM series is ready for use by those who are mastering or listening to DSD audio files. Due to the miniature size of the armature driver, a number of drivers can be combined together to create a full range sound field. The result is an astonishing life-like, accurate sound that is able to maintain clarity even at the highest volume levels and retrieve critical details at very low volume levels.
To harness the best results from the use of up to eight in-ear speakers in the HEM range, a patent pending crossover mechanism has been adopted. An innovative phase linear mechanism in the form of a first order Butterworth crossover design was chosen to distribute frequencies and maintain the sound in the correct phase at all time. Not only is this unique set-up able to accurately and perfectly assign the frequency to the appropriate driver (bass frequency to the bass driver etc.) it also ensures that the diaphragm movement of each driver is coordinated between all eight inner drivers.
Careful attention to materials and technology used in this new HEM range has resulted in the most accurate delivery of sound to the listener’s ear. The combined result creates a sound stage that is wider and deeper, eliminating the illusion of sound centred between the ears and placing the music across and even in front of the listener.
The NuForce HEM range has been able to meet the exact standards which are awarded to a very select group of models. The Hi-Res certification program is a recent effort that combines both the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Japan Audio Society (JAS). The partnership was established in 2014 to help promote and support the marketplace growth of High-Resolution Audio (Hi-Res Audio or HRA) devices and content. With the growth in popularity of high resolution audio, the NuForce range is able to meet and exceed the very demanding technical factors that are involved in the replay of DSD content. Combined with the Hi-Res certified uDAC5 the HEM series of in-ear headphones offer a complete high resolution audio solution for audio enthusiasts, budding home musicians, DJs and gamers.
|# of Drivers (per earbud)||1||2||3||4|
|Frequency Range||20 - 40,000Hz||18 - 40,000Hz||18 - 40,000Hz||10 - 40,000Hz|
|Applications||A single full range driver. Ideal for home musicians and audio enthusiasts.||Reflects sound better than most in its class. Designed for professionals and audio enthusiasts.||Perfectly balanced for professional use on stage as well as music on the go.||Professional monitoring tool with the most accurate bass.|
|Weight||.47 oz||.54 oz||.56 oz||.58 oz|
|Sensitivity||110dB +/-3dB||113dB +/-3dB||113dB +/-3dB||124dB +/-3dB|
|Max Sound Input Level||113dB||124dB||124dB||122dB|
|Max Input Power||2mW||2mW||2mW||2mW|
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|Item Dimensions||0.54 x 1.01 x 0.65 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||1.12 x 2.5 x 5.8 in||2.2 x 7 x 6.2 in||2 x 5.5 x 8 in|
|Additional Features||noise-isolation, microphone-feature, sports-and-exercise||universal-phone-control||Microphone-Feature||lightweight||lightweight||noise-isolation|
The Hi-Res Audio certified NuForce HEM6 earphones offer audio enthusiasts, gamers and professionals the sound quality of reference-class, high end, full-size speakers. These luxury and high-quality earphones are perfect for those who demand balanced sound with crystal clear highs and explosive bass, at home or on the go. Like professional large speakers, the advanced technology embedded in the HEM6 uses a set of high resolution micro drivers that produce incredibly spacious sound and rich bass. The three balanced armature drivers in each earphone deliver a smooth, fatigue-free sound regardless of the device to which they are connected.
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Because these headphones drivers are detachable, they are prone to losing, far more so than other detachable drivers in my experience.
My right side connector immediately exhibited issues of very loose connection to the driver and no matter how I manipulated it it would still spontaneously disconnect from the driver. After some crimping I thought I had it finally set in tight enough. However, on a recent trans-Atlantic flight I got up to go to the restroom and pulled out my earbuds. Sure enough while hanging around my neck, the right drive popped from the connector... never to be seen again. I contacted NuForce customer support to see if there is any way I can buy a replacement driver or make a claim in regards to the earpiece. They could offer me no help. They don't warranty the units for loss due to their crappy connection design and they refuse to sell any drivers by themselves. So please know if you buy these earphones and the connector pops off and you loose a driver your only option is to buy an entirely new set. For this reason, I cannot recommend this product. 2 months after shelling out $300 for a set, they can only offer me the option to buy an entirely new set at full price.
I don't usually put much stock in audiophile reviews because I feel like many times they're based on "group think" and esoteric qualities which are either subjective or totally based on placebo. However, I was pleasantly surprised to by just how darn good these things are and how well they live-up-to and, IMO, surpassed their reputation.
Before I get to carried away talking about the sound, I should cover build-quality and comfort:
- awesome on both counts.
Seriously, really , really good. They're surprisingly light weight and compact (smaller, lighter and better fitting than even my shure's),
However, they feel light-on-purpose like a carbon fiber race bike, not light as a byproduct of low quality.
The braided cable also has a feeling of minimalist and purposeful svelteness: using simple clear tubing in place of fancy (and heavier) plastic or metal hardware for the strain-relief and adjustable slider at the "Y" junction. These aren't bling, they're not for showing off, they're for driveling pleasure directly into your ear-holes while being as transparent and unobtrusive as possible. I don't own any custom IEM's but these are far and away the most comfortable headphones that I've ever worn . I only ever think about them being on /in my ears when I put them on and take them off. In between those times they just fade away. Combine with very good isolation and a shockingly broad (for an IEM) sound-stage and the music sounds like is coming from everywhere, and passing through me; not just bouncing around inside my skull.
They are probably the most detailed and resolving headphones I've ever heard.
I was blown away by not just the detail and balance of the bass, mids, and highs, but the clarity and separation of each. it's pretty astonishing to hear both the deep rumbling base from a drum line while simultaneously clearly witnessing not just high string notes, but also the sound of the bow and fingers on the strings. It took me a little while to fully adjust to and understand the sound signature. At first I thought that perhaps the mids where a bit recessed, but the longer I listened, I realized that the mids where just more even balanced with the treble and bass.
However, all this detail and resolution does have a downside of being unflattering to any flaws. Like high-def porn: you see every detail: appealing or not. These are not rose-colored lenses, nor are they harsh laboratory florescent; they're direct sunlight and a magnifying glass.
My home desk headphones are a pair of much more expensive Mr. Speakers Alpha Prime cans, and I love them so much that I always thought that listening to anything else would inevitably feel like a compromise, but these little HEM6's hold up amazingly well and are different enough that I look forward to the variety of using them when not at my desk.
If I wanted to get picky, (I don't) I could say that the seam between the 2 halves of the earpiece could be more, well, seamless. Maybe the physical interface between the earpiece and cable could have a more positive "click" instead of a very snug (maybe slightly disconcerting to have to press so hard) friction-fit. However, as soon as these things are stuck in my skull shooting sound into my brain, I just can't seem to remember why I should care about anything other than how happy they make me feel.
Audio momentarily aside, these buds come presented in elite style; its thick-walled, hinged, polished plastic casket as gorgeous as crystal whets the appetite. The buds within are embraced in their dense foam block, along with the zipper case, large jack adapter, wire clip, cleaning brush with bristles and tube wire, two types of cables, Comply premium tips in medium and large, and its regular tips in small, medium and large. It's quite a scene!
I love the two types of cables. The one I prefer to use is an uninterrupted, braided pair for the ultimate in signal transmission. The other I use for my less serious listening, such as when focus on doing fitness; it is a straight line pair with an inline microphone and control button block that is specifically for cell phone or digital music player use.
I find it especially appropriate that they include both cable options, because with the high end performance of the drivers, one simply must have a dedicated twisted pair, and because music-storing cell phones are so prevalent, it would be a shame not to have a set of cables that takes advantage of using the phone, adjusting volume, or selecting tracks right from the wire. The main advantage is that I'm not stuck with one or the other.
The audio quality is so brilliantly deep, and encompassing. These drivers sound terrific pumping every genre of music I've thrown at them. Strings are moving, wind instruments exhilarating, bass is warm and heavy. I rarely turn these up past the halfway mark in volume, and I take in the full range of frequency with a clarity so sharp, the separation can make you feel as though your listening in an acoustically blessed music venue.
I am fully pleased with the way the buds fit. They stay in place well using the interior side of the antihelix, and the cable gets routed up and over the ear. I've been using my Comply tips, which expand in the canal and keep out external noise for a moving music experience.
I have had many sets of earbuds, from many manufacturers, and though some of them are quite impressive, nothing compares to my NuForce HEM8's...I just love these things. For anyone who seeks to have sound room quality on the go, I can assure you that these can provide any music selection the ultimate in emotionally rich and true to the source reproduction available.