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Yeah, the bitterant does leave a residue, but not all compressed air has bitterants, and there are variants that use a hand pump to pressurize air and then spray the air pumped into the can.

Assuming there isn't any form of bitterant, it would theoretically be safe, right?

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I wouldn't blow air on the electrode directly. Also, the issue with dust is once it gets inside the electrode, past the thin impervious dust screen, isn't it? In which case, I am not sure blowig air on the screens would help with anything. Anyhow, I am sure spritzer will intervene and you can surely trust his words...
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Is it a good idea to clean out dust from a Stax with compressed air? If it's good enough for my PC, it's good enough for my headphones, right? confused.gif


Do you have dust in your Stax, or was that a rhetorical question?  Dust is a concern for some . . .

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It's just a rhetorical question. The Stax I've got my eyes on in particular is a pretty well-worn one with the cup foam deteriorated, so I wanted to know the best way to go about cleaning them before I use them.

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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

It's just a rhetorical question. The Stax I've got my eyes on in particular is a pretty well-worn one with the cup foam deteriorated, so I wanted to know the best way to go about cleaning them before I use them.


I got this from Stax a few months back . . . some of us are concerned because we live in dusty environments.  The best advice seems to be to keep the headphones in a sealed container case when not in use.  Blowing out the dust is something that was discussed earlier.  It seems to be a bad idea as I recall.  I recently used the sticky side of some packing tape to clean the dust out of an ear cup.  It took a lot of tape, but it worked.

 

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Thank you for your inquiry and your interest in STAX products.
 
STAX products are electrostatic and sensitive to dust. It is of sealed design but do not recommend use in a dusty environment. If cleaning and/or repairs become necessary, they will not be covered under the manufacturer's warranty and the sound elements are not a repairable part. Replacement sound elements take up over 80% of the cost of headphone and replacing them yearly or twice a year would not be economical.  We've had a handful of dust related service this year but most are 30-40 year old headphones.
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I recently used the sticky side of some packing tape to clean the dust out of an ear cup.  It took a lot of tape, but it worked.

 

This ^ 

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Please do not use vacuum or compressed air. It could ruin your drivers.

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Does the amplifier used make a big difference in low-end systems?

I happened to see a great deal (or so I think) for a Stax 2020 combo for ~$470. Is the amp going to be low-end enough to be a throwaway if I decide to upgrade?

 

This will be my first Stax system if I make the jump, BTW.

I have the 2050 system. The amp does fine.

A better amp will help, marginally. (SRM-323)

 

If you want something that will rock your sox, get the SR-009 with a BHSE. 

$10K should do it.

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If you want something that will rock your sox, get the SR-009 with a BHSE. 

$10K should do it.

And a dcs Scarlatti DAC setup.

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Nice touch wink!

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Although I must say that my ODAC does just fine.smile.gif

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Come on now, some of us are on a budget!  We've got to live with the 007 MK I and the BHSE biggrin.gif

 

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I have the 2050 system. The amp does fine.

A better amp will help, marginally. (SRM-323)

 

If you want something that will rock your sox, get the SR-009 with a BHSE. 

$10K should do it.

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Come on now, some of us are on a budget!  We've got to live with the 007 MK I and the BHSE biggrin.gif

 

 

Very nice! I've heard it. That setup aint no slouch.

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Sounds cool!  Wouldn't there be bass rolloff issues having those smallish drivers in that housing though?

 

There is virtually no size difference between the HE90 drivers and the Lambda ones, the Stax units are are just more compact due to being glued together.  They might even have a bit more open area but it is very close. 

 

The bass on the stock HE90 is pretty weak and these are a substantial improvement.  They don't challenge the SR-007 or SR-Omega for bass prowess but what does?  The biggest thing for me is the imaging as the "fog" is gone but it's still expansive. 

 

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Please do not use vacuum or compressed air. It could ruin your drivers.

 

That is pretty much it, either vacuum cleaners or compressed air of any kind is a very stupid idea.  The diaphragms are about 2um thick and forcing them in any way will cut them to pieces. 

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Hi, all:

have been using the SR-507 and 006ts for awhile. Sometimes it has been heavenly, at other times a bit lean or bright.  Or maybe it's that I feel like I have to turn the volume up too high trying to get dynamics and a sense of fullness. So... There is a SRM-1/Mk2 for sale on the sale forum. Not the prettiest but not the rattiest I've ever seen. Seller asking $400. I have three questions on which I would appreciate your feedback:

 

  1. Will this unit provide a markedly upgraded sound vs. the 006ts with my 507s?
  2. Price range I have seen in my research says $300-$700 (the reviews on this site and info on Wikiphonia). $400 still considered a fair price for a unit with a few dings?
  3. I may have a chance to get a 007A soon; do people here still feel the SRM1/2 is a good match to drive the 007A?  

 

I know it's tempting, but please don't just say, "Get the 007A (or a 009) and a BHSE." Not in my ballpark. Lots of words from me, I know, but I did due diligence at least via searches. BTW, Spritzer, do you know that Martin-Logan used to say to clean their "naked" panel models by vacuuming against the grill/stator? (I'm a Quad man, myself.)

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.  

 

PS: I forgot the music. I listen mainly to "classical" music from all periods except modern; small-combo jazz, especially live; ECM jazz (the spacey or environmental stuff); female singers; Ray Charles; blues; classical guitar; folk music plus the usual audiophile discs. I am just starting to get involved in hi-def downloads and will try the Chesky binaurals next.


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