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STAX - the Lambda Pro System photo walkthrough! - BIG PICS WARNING!

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I thought you'd all enjoy a walkthrough of my day after I got back home from picking up the SRM-1/MKII in person.

"How long will I be second banana to this fool Grado? Lemme outta here and hook me up to a Driver Unit!"

"That's what I'm talkin' about! That Driver Unit for Earspeaker was made just for me!"

"Yeah I used to be Hot Patootie back in the day. Want a closer look at my cred?"

"There you go! '84 was a good year! And Lambda Pros are mentioned on this too, perfect match!"

"Enough of the darn box, let's get in there! Sweet!"

From the seller - "My friend was the only one to use this, and sparingly. He applied some audiophile contact solution on the RCA plugs. Does it work? Who knows."

"What does what back there? This explains it - so there IS a loop out!"

"And the loop out can be hooked up how? Schematics make my pads spin!"

"Ah that's better, I understand the pictures better! Lookit that cartoon guy, he's enjoying the Stax! Why don't you? HOOK ME UP!"

"Bah there's that Grado's amp, my rival! Move over! I'm going to suck up all the mojo from this Lite DAC-AH! Pretty pretty lights!"

"FINALLY SWEET RELEASE! You know how long it's been since I've been hooked up? And yes, sound is coming out, delicious sound! Both units firing on all cylinders, Capt'n! Now unhook that Pinkie and let's get to work!"

"I think I just found the new pic for the 'Curse you, Head-fi!' thread!"

I'm going to let the Stax warm up and everything, but on first listen, the bass is really deep and big, and the highs are REALLY high, with some tracks it's piercing, with others it's transparent. Soundstage is amazing, and Bob Marley-Waiting in Vain is a masterpiece with this thing with only 10 minutes of warming up lol. The unit has already heated up to toaster oven level as I've taken pics and listened and typed - but I have enough clearance around the amp to let it breathe, and I'll get into the habit of turning it off when I'm not listening to it. That's it for now, hope you enjoyed the pics!
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Wow, lucky you. Kinda looks like somebody spilt coffee on the back of it though .
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Originally Posted by Potatoe1313
Wow, lucky you. Kinda looks like somebody spilt coffee on the back of it though .
Yeah that's the voodoo contact fluid headphone helper. Feels kinda greasy, I figured it wasn't doing any harm back there so I left it on hehe.
post #4 of 119
My HE60 has a new friend to hang out with

How open are these compared to the Grados?

They have bass and you like it? This is with DAC-AH or 0404?
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Originally Posted by lan
My HE60 has a new friend to hang out with

How open are these compared to the Grados?

They have bass and you like it? This is with DAC-AH or 0404?
as open as grado

0404 glass optical digital out to DAC to stax. pinkie is hooked up by stax loop out - gets the signal even if stax is powered off.
post #6 of 119
Wow...I really don't like you....

Congrads
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I better stop reading your threads, it just makes me want to buy more things...
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Wow, congrats Jahn. I'm a big fan of both of your dynamic and electrostat rigs. Can't wait to hear the new acquisition in person next time (esp. compared to lan's HE-60 setup).
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Those are the most awesome looking HP2's I've ever seen.
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Jahn, when can i come over? anytime when noone is home is fine with me.
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Absolutely STAX is made for travelin'! I'll make sure to bring it to the next meet!
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Well done! I have almost this same gear - sounds great. Have a listen to some albums with very deep bass (e.g. "Falling Off The Roof" by the Ginger Baker Trio - Our Spanish Love Song in particular or "Projekct One - Live At The Jazz Cafe". The deep bass is all there and sounds great. The thump of the bass drum was inaudible on "Our Spanish Love Song" using the Jecklins Electrstatics I had previously. The Jecklins were also defeated by the purr of the ?stick/?synthesizer on Projekct One.
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Congrats, James! That is one sweet looking setup you've got there. I really liked the Lambda Pros when I heard them recently. In fact, I liked them more than the Senn HE60's (sweeter), and in some ways even the Omega II's (less pronounced bass give the great midrange a chance to be appreciated more, imo). Nice snag.

Their main shortcoming is their (relatively) compressed soundstage - a notch or two below Grado HP-2's. But word on the "sly" is that there is some sort of diffuser-device that Stax made at one time, that gives some kinda wonderful soundstage (*cough*Danny*cough*) to the Lambdas. I hope to hear that one day soon.

Enjoy the new gear man.
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Originally Posted by jpelg

Their main shortcoming is their (relatively) compressed soundstage - a notch or two below Grado HP-2's. But word on the "sly" is that there is some sort of diffuser-device that Stax made at one time, that gives some kinda wonderful soundstage (*cough*Danny*cough*) to the Lambdas. I hope to hear that one day soon.

Enjoy the new gear man.
I saw one on German Ebay last week! The ED-1 Diffuser! But at the last second the Simply Stax crew went to work and bidded it up to over 500 bucks, OUCH! Nevermind!
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Sublime- "Santeria" sounds amazing with this rig (it's been on all day, it's way warmed up now) and amazingly, it has impact! So odd it was great with Bob Marley too...



STAX: King of Reggae. Ya, Mon!
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