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Premium Wired Reference Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones + High-Fidelity Portable Digital Music Player

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Your Music Will Never Sound the Same

The HiFiMAN HE-6 redefines how you think about your music. The flag ship model from one of the world's finest headphone manufacturers, the open-back HE-6 headphones from HiFiMAN feature premium planar magnetic drivers and a true audiophile-grade XLR connection to go along with the extraordinary design HiFiMAN is well known for. The open-back design of the HE-6 headphones offers an incredibly spacious sound performance that makes you feel like you're standing in the front row rather than relaxing in your favorite chair. Treat yourself to the sound you've always wanted!

Planar Magnetic Drivers

Impossible Sound Quality

HiFiMAN is well known for their planar magnetic headphones and the HE-6's are no different. These headphones deliver warm, detailed sound that will absolutely capture your attention. Planar magnetic provide a larger surface area than the typical headphone driver to deliver outstanding sound detail and spaciousness. The open-back earcups ensure you hear your music on a mind-blowing soundstage.


Amplify the HE-6 Headphones for Optimum Performance

Boost Your Sound

Top-of-the-line headphones, especially planar magnetic headphones, often require some added juice to bring our their full potential, the HE-6 is no exception. With an 83.5dB efficiency rating, these headphones require a powerful amplifier (like the HiFiMAN EF-6 Amplifier) that will push the HE-6 headphones to produce tight, powerful bass, phenomenal detail and one of the most incredible sound stages you've ever heard.


XLR Headphone Connection

Audiophile Connection

The quality of your headphones doesn't matter if you don't have a connection to match. HiFiMAN designed the HE-6 with XLR outputs for use with balanced connection amplifiers. The screw terminals on each ear cup ensure a secure connection. Each connection uses a separate ground lead for each channel to significantly reduce unwanted crosstalk between channels.




HiFiMAN HE-6

Premium Wired Reference Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Grade Headphones
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • Premium Wired Over-Ear Audiophile Headphones
  • Robust planar magnetic drivers deliver incredibly balanced tone and extraordinary frequency range
    • Not sure what Planar Magnetic Drivers are? Click here to read our Headphone Driver Type knowledge base article
  • Open-back design offers incredibly spacious sound stage
  • Screw terminals in each earcup provide a secure connection between the premium OCC (Single Crystal Copper) cable and the headphones
  • Comes with 6' OCC 4 pin cable with a balanced male XLR plug for connecting to high-end headphone amplifiers and components
  • Includes 3.5' OCC extension cable with female XLR and standard 1/4" headphone plug
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Plush leather earpads
  • Primary Color: Gloss Black
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 8-65,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 83.5dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Cable:
    • Detachable: Yes
    • Cord Length: 6 ft. w/ 3.5 ft. extension
  • Plug Size: 1/4" and male XLR plug

What's in the Box?

  • HiFiMAN HE-6 Reference Planar Magnetic Audiophile Headphones
  • Spare Earpads
  • 6' Cable w/ L & R Proprietary Screw-On Terminals & 4-Pin Male XLR Plug
  • 3.5' Cable w/ Female XLR Connector & Straight 1/4"
  • 2 Spare Screw-On Terminals
  • Cloth Carrying Pouch
  • Zippered Soft-Shell Case
  • User Guide

Warning: The HiFiMAN HE-6 Reference Planar Magnetic Audiophile Headphones require a powerful headphone amplifier such as the HiFiMAN EF-6 Amplifier

Note: HiFiMAN products can only be shipped to customers in the United States

Also found as: Reference HE6

HIFIMAN HM-650

High-Fidelity Portable Digital Music Player
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • High-Fidelity Portable Lossless Digital Music Player
  • WM8740 High Quality HIFI Decoder Chips
  • 14.8v power supply supports high quality sound
  • Balanced outputs
  • Taichi user interface for Rapid response
  • Step Potentiometer Volume Control
  • Expandable Design allows you to interchange different amplifier cards
  • Supported Music Formats:
    • MP3
    • WAV
    • FLAC
    • APE
    • Apple Loss less
  • Dimensions: 4.6"W x 2.8"D x 1.1"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Note: HiFiMAN products can only be shipped to customers in the United States

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Open

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
1/4"
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Yes
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Metal
Plastic
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Leather
Velour
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Yes
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Softshell Case
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
No

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Planar Magnetic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
50 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
83.5 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
8 - 65000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Yes (Accessory Recommended)
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What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
HiFiMAN HE-6 Wired Reference Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Grade Headphones
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Carrying Case
Extension Cable
Replacement Ear Pads
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

HE-6_HM-650

Weight

10.60lbs

Internal SKU

he6_hm650

Internal Product ID

97775

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: HiFiMAN HE-6 + HM-650 Digital Music Player

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