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How does an Eddie Current Electra sound with a SR-009?

And the same question but for a Liquid Lightning (I not II).

And the same question but for the legendary Blue Hawaii.

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Very neutral with the 009+BHSE (not mine). The 009 is like a swiss knife cutting through butter but unfortunately lacks a bit of meat and bit tad bright for my taste. Surprisingly there is some sound resemblance to that of my Omega's when I had them. 

 

Haven't heard the LL nor Electra (has Craig closed up on prototyping the Electra and already started accepting orders for the finalised build?).


Edited by DefQon - 6/30/13 at 10:53pm
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108 Fahrenheit in my hometown. Time to start listening to the 002's smily_headphones1.gif
Even the KGSSHV adds to the heat in my living room. They don't go above 60 Fahrenheit though I should not complain.

 

60F?

 

Anyway, over here I had a couple of amps on to keep my feet warm :)

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My understanding is that the Electra has been a finalized build since he offered the $3500 pre-order deal.  I think those numbered around 10 and were final production units. 

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Haven't heard the LL nor Electra (has Craig closed up on prototyping the Electra and already started accepting orders for the finalised build?).

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Back from Anaheim now and finally getting a chance to listen to my new SR-2020 system.

Two problems (not with the headphones but rather with the transformers): The US transformer I bought makes the stax box make a high pitched whining noise, so I turned it off and plugged in the Japanese transformer, which runs just fine. Only problem though is there's buzzing due to a lack of grounding.

Any ideas on how to fix either type of buzzing?

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If you hurry it looks like a couple of Stax 007/systems are being offered in the for sale forum for more than the new pricejapan cost

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Elusive Disc is running a 10% off sale, which includes all in stock Stax product.
I'm getting an itch!
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Very neutral with the 009+BHSE (not mine). The 009 is like a swiss knife cutting through butter but unfortunately lacks a bit of meat and bit tad bright for my taste. Surprisingly there is some sound resemblance to that of my Omega's when I had them. 

 

Haven't heard the LL nor Electra (has Craig closed up on prototyping the Electra and already started accepting orders for the finalised build?).

I would say the SR-009/KGSS is a fantastic combo and bang on neutral and ruthlessly revealing. So a bright source/material will come off that way. Don't blame the SR-009/BHSE or KGSS for that. Blame the darn recording or DAC. 

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I would say the SR-009/KGSS is a fantastic combo and bang on neutral and ruthlessly revealing. So a bright source/material will come off that way. Don't blame the SR-009/BHSE or KGSS for that. Blame the darn recording or DAC. 

Well I can't say we had a DAC in the chain but it was all hooked up to my old Shanling CD300 transport (a very very good cd transport imho). We played stuff from various classical Beethoven sonata's to Schubert orchestra's to few of Tchaiozky (can't get the name right) movement pieces to bit of metal, rock (Tool, Pink Floyd) etc to finally a bit of EDM music. Very neutral yes indeed it is but there was at times a bit of brightness to some of the classical pieces or when the electric guitar kicks in. I'm guessing this could be dependent on the recording as well as they are sort of bright on my Stax headphones too.

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Well I can't say we had a DAC in the chain but it was all hooked up to my old Shanling CD300 transport (a very very good cd transport imho). We played stuff from various classical Beethoven sonata's to Schubert orchestra's to few of Tchaiozky (can't get the name right) movement pieces to bit of metal, rock (Tool, Pink Floyd) etc to finally a bit of EDM music. Very neutral yes indeed it is but there was at times a bit of brightness to some of the classical pieces or when the electric guitar kicks in. I'm guessing this could be dependent on the recording as well as they are sort of bright on my Stax headphones too.

Very much the recording can play into things. FWIW, I don't really consider the Shanling CD300 up to snuff for the SR-009s...most likely the source of the "bit of brightness"; or the recording itself was recorded that way. 

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Very much the recording can play into things. FWIW, I don't really consider the Shanling CD300 up to snuff for the SR-009s...most likely the source of the "bit of brightness"; or the recording itself was recorded that way. 

Trust me the modded Shanling CD300 that was once mine is very good, easily better than the Cambridge 840C that I compared to at my distributor when I was choosing to buy a transport, heck it was $400 less expensive than the 840C (down under prices are to blame). The only transport system that outclassed the Shanling was some $4k Oppo unit with a very good build-in DAC.  But I think it does come down to  recordings though. The Staxens are known to very neutral and revealing as you go up the chain.

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Trust me the modded Shanling CD300 that was once mine is very good, easily better than the Cambridge 840C that I compared to at my distributor when I was choosing to buy a transport, heck it was $400 less expensive than the 840C (down under prices are to blame). The only transport system that outclassed the Shanling was some $4k Oppo unit with a very good build-in DAC.  But I think it does come down to  recordings though. The Staxens are known to very neutral and revealing as you go up the chain.

Funny, I consider both "bright" sources. Both very nice, but still a tad bright. What other DACs have you heard?

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Funny, I consider both "bright" sources. Both very nice, but still a tad bright. What other DACs have you heard?

The four figure priced DAC's I've heard:

 

The Lampi L4, Sim's 380D, PWD2, NorthStar Design Essensio / 192 MK2, Weiss 202, Benchmark DAC1 and 2 other models from the Audio Note kit.

 

And bunch of other mid-fi, low-fi and diy DAC's that aren't really worth mentioning.

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The four figure priced DAC's I've heard:

 

The Lampi L4, Sim's 380D, PWD2, NorthStar Design Essensio / 192 MK2, Weiss 202, Benchmark DAC1 and 2 other models from the Audio Note kit.

 

And bunch of other mid-fi, low-fi and diy DAC's that aren't really worth mentioning.

Too bad you didn't get to hear the SR-009s with the PWD2, would have changed your mind on any brightness. Speaking of DACs, looks like Cary has released a successor to the XCiter DAC, the DAC-100. I'll add this to my list to demo.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 7/1/13 at 6:29pm
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Too bad you didn't get to hear the SR-009s with the PWD2, would have changed your mind on any brightness.

Yeah I thought so too if I had one of the good amp's in the chain should bump up the sound quality a notch or too. But I guess owning is very different to just auditioning it due to limited time you spend with the equipment and the lack of trying it with your own gear. I've heard most of the DAC's mentioned at different times so it's hard to say what is best and so but there are few that stand out with stellar sound.

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