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post #16 of 119
Nice pics! However, are you sure that you're giving the amp enough room to breathe? It doesn't look very well positioned in your setup. If it does indeed run at toaster-oven levels after 10 minutes, then more air around it would probably be welcome; also, I don't think 10 minutes of warmup is really enough. I wish I had performed some more warm-up tests on the SR-404, but I would say that at least an hour is needed before they reach an acceptable level of sonic performance; personally, after I turn them off for whatever reason, I allow them to warm up overnight before listening to them. Of course, the SRM-313 doesn't get very hot at all, but I have it as well ventilated as I can reasonably get it.

Anyway, the talk 'round the campfire is, the Lambda Pro one-ups even the SR-404, so I think you're going to really like the system once everything's warmed up and cooking It will certainly make a great compliment to your DT770's and HP-2's.
post #17 of 119
I guess you're not selling this? Welcome to team electrostatic!
post #18 of 119
Thread Starter 
Yep the pics were posted 10 minutes in. I'm a beast - these cans have been on my head for, oh, 6.5 hours straight now with the STAX flaming waves of heat like it's the Sahara in here. But the box still isn't as toasty as, say, the Raptor, so I think I'm still safe. When I finally take off the cans I'll make sure to turn the unit off so it can recover - until tomorrow, when it's abuse time again, mauahahah!

1 Inch clearance for the amp seems to get enough ventilation for the unit, I have no worries. This system is really starting to grow on me already.

lan - oh yeah it's stayin hehe.

about the heat- i've been told that the amp gets hot like this quickly because it runs in Class A. i'm glad it's not something external i'm doing.
post #19 of 119
It does run Class A - always very hot! Lots of ventilation is required - my thoughts were also that you may not have enough. I also run a non-pro Stax Sigma on this amp and it sounds excellent - slightly less sibilant than the Stax Lambda Nova Signature. Mine has been going since 1987 without any problems!! Don't you think the amp is a nicely made professional unit. There were several versions made of this amp - one called the ATR version included a more accurate volume control and a separate balance control. There was also the SRM Monitor which included the ED-1 diffuse field equaliser as well as balanced inputs - I'd love to pick up one of those.
post #20 of 119
I wonna listen to some STAX... how are they for rock?
post #21 of 119
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrSlacker
I wonna listen to some STAX... how are they for rock?
Rage against the machine sounds like a Pit Bull Terrier. RWOWOWORORROWR!
post #22 of 119
Nice combo Jahn! Nice to have both Lambda P's and HP's isn't it? Is this about to be someone's new toy? BIN seems awfully tempting...
post #23 of 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jahn
Rage against the machine sounds like a Pit Bull Terrier. RWOWOWORORROWR!
the good thing is there is no way i can afford them... or is that the bad thing???
post #24 of 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xanadu777
I think the difference between 303 and 404 is significant enough to warrant trying them. Is this about to be someone's new toy? BIN seems awfully tempting...
You meant this thread, didn't you?
post #25 of 119
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xanadu777
I think the difference between 303 and 404 is significant enough to warrant trying them. Is this about to be someone's new toy? BIN seems awfully tempting...

HOLY CRAP Larry how do you find this stuff on ebay? That amp went for 900 alone yesterday!>>
post #26 of 119
Marvelous post, Jahn. I loved the anthropomorphized Talkin' Lambdas ("Hook me up! Hook me! Hook me!"). We, the Senior AudioNuts Who Were Around When These Things Was New, Dagnabbit, are all very glad you enjoy them. We can even tell you why.

Not that you asked.

First, you've just stepped into the penultimate gasp of the last Golden Age of Audio, which lasted until, you guessed it, 1984. Man, when those Lambda Pros hit the market we figured we were just about to cross over into audio nirvana. Stuff was getting so freakin' good we could hardly keep our wallets in our pants. Some of us pawned our pants.

Then... Something Happened. Wile E. Coyote went running off the cliff but didn't fall until he thought to look down. The Yen collapsed, and we started down the slope to the Long Dark Night of the Digital Black Plastic Soul. The carnival was over soon enough. But you hold in your hot little hands the physical, intellectual and spiritual representative of those last hopeful days. I call them that because I can't think of another single product that so embodies the optimism of that time. The fact that they've made it this far into the future, and still sound so good to ears accustomed to the best moving-coils that have ever been, slaps a big ol' grin on our curmudgeonly ol' faces. So enjoy.

But get some major ventilation on that baby. Heat kills. Stick a computer fan on it.
post #27 of 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by catscratch
You meant this thread, didn't you?
Oops, oh well... hopefully someone snags the BIY anyway Sorry Jahn! In answer to your question, I don't find them all but manage to snag a few here and there
post #28 of 119
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wualta
But get some major ventilation on that baby. Heat kills. Stick a computer fan on it.
Thanks for the tip wualta, i'm going to look into a little computer fan i can hook to the bottom of this computer stand, aiming straight down into the amp's vents...

I'm a total believer in the golden age of audio if this is what it sounded like! Good stuff for sure!
post #29 of 119
Thread Starter 
ok i did my research - this is the quietest thinnest fan thing that will suck the heat out of the stax (if i put it on top of the amp upside down hehe) and spit it out from a rear vent. for 25 bucks shipped. any other options? this runs on usb, which is the only option usable for me (internal power wiring no go, and ac adapter comp fans just dont exist lol)

http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PartDeta...503152;c:36164

edit - nm i got the one above thanks!
post #30 of 119
They Rock!!!!!!!!

Jahn.....I told you you would not be sorry. The lamda Pros got balls.................

er ..... guts

Dan
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