Thanks for pointing this out, DefQon ... you are right.
I am really new to this, and still at the bottom end of the learning curve. Most of my gear was assembled recently, and with store credit and gift certificates, so I've not wasted too much in getting to this point. But the STAX sound was haunting me, and I'm glad I found my way to this thread. It's a game-changer.
I'm planning to stay put, although I would still like to add a dedicated DAC for the 404LE +T1. Any suggestions?
I'll put my phones into rotation and see which ones I can shed. I'd also like to add some more STAX phones into the mix for variety as I work my way up. I can listen to the ones out now in Tokyo, and will check in for advice if any come up used. The quality of used goods seems pretty high in Tokyo, and both purchases from Audio Union came up strong.