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post #406 of 24765
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Originally Posted by derekbmn View Post
Oh c'mon don't give up that easy ! It's just a matter of finding the right amp (hint pure class a SS) and preamp(hint tube or hybrid) combo and then the right tubes in the preamp.(Besides source,cables etc.)
I plan to listen to some more amplifiers.
For the simplicity I want an integrated amplifier, since they usually give more sound for the money. Next one out will be the Electrocompaniet ECI 5, and then try to find a tube amplifier.

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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
krmathis, great story about the hi-fi store. I bet tons of dealers would be blown away to learn what they're missing.
Thanks! This guy was totally blown away by their performance.

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The question is, do I go for Lambda Pro to replace the 404s, or hold out for O2s? (or O1's for that matter, seeing as I listen to a lot of classical). People here rave about the Lambda Pros, especially as compared to the modern range of Lambdas, and I can use my 006tII amp with them. I'm unclear whether the 006tII is a good partner for the O2s (or O1s).
The difference between the SR-404 and Lambda Pro are minor, so I see no reason for you to replace you SR-404 with one. From what I remember (half a year ago) the Omega II scale up noticeable when being driven by the SRM-007t, compared to the SRM-006t. And so does the SR-404...
Hence I suggest you first upgrade to the SRM-007t(II), and then later on buy an Omega II.
post #407 of 24765
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
I plan to listen to some more amplifiers.
For the simplicity I want an integrated amplifier, since they usually give more sound for the money. Next one out will be the Electrocompaniet ECI 5, and then try to find a tube amplifier.

Would a Electrocompaniet Ampliwire 100 (a 100wpc power amp) be good enough to drive them sweetly? I also got a offer on a Sugden Headmaster & Musicmaster combo but dunno if they'll improve the sound of the 404s on a 006t. Intend to drive them via the SRD7/MKII.
post #408 of 24765
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Originally Posted by jigster View Post
Would a Electrocompaniet Ampliwire 100 (a 100wpc power amp) be good enough to drive them sweetly?
I have never heard any Electrocompaniet amplifiers powering a pair of Stax headphones, so don't know how "sweet" it would sound. 100 watts should be plenty of power though.

I suggest you give it a go, then report back to us.
post #409 of 24765
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Originally Posted by d-cee View Post
yep, bought it from its original owner who bought the set in 1990! thanks for all your help! =D
Glad to have helped claim another soul for Stax...

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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
krmathis, great story about the hi-fi store. I bet tons of dealers would be blown away to learn what they're missing.

This brings me to my current dilemma. I currently own 404s and SR-X MkIIIs and love them both. Each has its own strengths, but I suspect that the fat, visceral, dry sound of the Xes is sui generis and they will not be supplanted by another set of phones. The 404s... well, I love the immersive bath of sound effect, but I really do think I can do better.

The question is, do I go for Lambda Pro to replace the 404s, or hold out for O2s? (or O1's for that matter, seeing as I listen to a lot of classical). People here rave about the Lambda Pros, especially as compared to the modern range of Lambdas, and I can use my 006tII amp with them. I'm unclear whether the 006tII is a good partner for the O2s (or O1s).

Help! I don't want to end up with 4 pairs of Staxes. 2 would be better (OK, 3 in a pinch). You know how it is - I have 4 pairs of dynamic headphones just sitting in a closet since I got the Stax bug

Patrick
The O2 is the best headphone of the bunch for classical but the 006t isn't a good amp for them. They will sound dark, murky and the bass is out of control and very woolly.

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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
I brought my Omega II and SRD-7/MK2 to one of my local Hi-Fi stores today.
Hi-Fi Klubben to be precise.

One of the guys who work there met me right inside the door and asked if he could help me. I told him that I was looking into buying an integrated amplifier, and was especially interested in the Lyngdorf TDS2200 (picture).
While he lead way into the High End room he asked me what kind of speakers I have. He looked strange at me when I answered that I put my speaker (headspeakers) on my head.

We first hooked up the Lyngdorf TDA2200/CD1 combo to a pair of B&W 805s speakers, and performed some listening. Then after a while I pulled out the Omega II cary case and asked if he was ready for some headphone **magic**. He had never seen anything like this before, and pulled the SRD-7/MK2 out of my hands and started to connect it to the Lyngdorf.
In a matter of seconds the Omega II was playing music. he he

For your information. The Lyngdorf TDA2200 is a solid state fully digital amplifier, priced at $4.500.

I was first out, since after all I was the customer. It was soon pretty clear to me that this amplifier had some great potential. It clearly had the Omega II's under stronger control than what my SRM-007t can manage. But it also seemed to lacks some of the warmth and "magic" I get from of the SRM-007t. Maybe because the Lyngdorf is a fully digital solid state amplifier, while the SRM-007t is solid state/tube. Or perhaps because the SRD-7/MK2 add something to the sound that? I really don't know. But it seems like I enjoy tube amplifiers more than solid state one.

After I have concluded my listening tests I handed the Omega II over to him (the guy who worked there). He listened to some of his favorite tracks, and at the end these were his only words; "These put out the BEST midrange I have EVER heard!!". Thats not bad, coming from a guy which handle speaker rigs worth $50.000's daily. We might actually have other switcher on the way!


Conclusion!
I am sure a 'speaker amplifer' -> SRD-7/MK2 -> Omega II system would sound great. But I will have to test some more amplifiers before I decide if I want to stick with the old trustful SRM-007t, or not.

Stay tuned!
It is sad how clueless most hifi salesmen are.

The transformers do some things different but the jury is still out for me if they are better at anything. I know that I wrote them off to fast because they are great for checking out all those vintage stats I buy. If I blow one up it's no real loss...
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Recabling SR-X Mk3?

Sorry to interrupt the going conversation, but can anyone advise on recabling a sr-x mk3? Is it possible, doable and worthwhile? I kind of like the retro look of the stock cable, but it is far too short and I may have heard it has a negative influence on the sound.
How and where to find a suitable replacement cable?
post #411 of 24765
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Originally Posted by JecklinStax View Post
Sorry to interrupt the going conversation, but can anyone advise on recabling a sr-x mk3? Is it possible, doable and worthwhile? I kind of like the retro look of the stock cable, but it is far too short and I may have heard it has a negative influence on the sound.
How and where to find a suitable replacement cable?
It's very easy to recable them. I used a NOS SR-Lambda cable I got off ebay and it sounds much better. It manages to tame the brightness and lift some of the "boxed in" effect on the midrange. These cables have sold out and there aren't all that many options in 6 core high voltage ribbon cables. You could use some fine stranded silver wire with teflon and fit it inside the stock cloth covering. The other way is to buy a 5m Stax extension and cut off both ends to fit a 6 pin plug or you could use the 5 pin plug already mounted.
post #412 of 24765
Anything new yet about the McAlister EA-6?

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Originally Posted by pabbi1 View Post
Well, he doesn't have a Blue Hawaii just yet (though he did a great job on MINE)... but, having a BH and a McAlister EA-6 at the same time might just squeak under the radar in the Lone Star... just days away, then we will shoot it out for sure. And, as nice as that ES-1 is (sonically perfect, without question in my several hours with it), driving it at 5 o'clock and wanting more was just wrong, for me.
post #413 of 24765
Nope - per the awesome greatness of CanadaPost:

2007/02/20 08:24 MISSISSAUGA, ON Item accepted and entered into sortation plant

2007/02/19 16:38 BARRIE, ON Item accepted at the Post office

So, in keeping with past CP / USPS performance, it will be here any month now... far be it from them to tell me which one.
post #414 of 24765
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
The difference between the SR-404 and Lambda Pro are minor, so I see no reason for you to replace you SR-404 with one.
Really! I was under the impression people thought Stax took a wrong turn with the Lambdas, and that the Lambda Pro was far more musical than the 404s.

This would uncomplicate my buying process considerably if true

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From what I remember (half a year ago) the Omega II scale up noticeable when being driven by the SRM-007t, compared to the SRM-006t. And so does the SR-404...
Hence I suggest you first upgrade to the SRM-007t(II), and then later on buy an Omega II.
Ah, interesting. But rather than go for the 007tII, maybe I should hold out for a Blue Hawaii or an ES-1? (or an Aristaeus should one ever come up for sale?)

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Originally Posted by spritzer
The other way is to buy a 5m Stax extension and cut off both ends to fit a 6 pin plug or you could use the 5 pin plug already mounted.
I too would like to recable my SR-Xes but retain the original insulation... alas, probably not possible with the new flat-style Stax extension cords. No need for a 6 pin plug, right - the 6th pin is a dummy pin?

Patrick
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Thanks, Spritzer!
post #416 of 24765
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
No need for a 6 pin plug, right - the 6th pin is a dummy pin?

Patrick
Correct, but don't absentmindedly plug it in to a Pro bias socket.
post #417 of 24765
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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post
It is sad how clueless most hifi salesmen are.
Word!
But I am sure this salesman remember the Stax brand for a while.

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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
Really! I was under the impression people thought Stax took a wrong turn with the Lambdas, and that the Lambda Pro was far more musical than the 404s.

This would uncomplicate my buying process considerably if true
Note that I said "minor", not "no" or "none".
The Lambda Pro are imo marginally better than the SR-404. But not so much that I would replace the SR-404 with a Lambda Pro if I already owned one.

I think you are better of putting those money into an amplifier update, or into an Omega II.

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Ah, interesting. But rather than go for the 007tII, maybe I should hold out for a Blue Hawaii or an ES-1? (or an Aristaeus should one ever come up for sale?)
That is of course an option.
Cause according to those who own one of them they are better than any of the current Stax amplifiers.
post #418 of 24765
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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
Ah, interesting. But rather than go for the 007tII, maybe I should hold out for a Blue Hawaii or an ES-1? (or an Aristaeus should one ever come up for sale?)
Patrick - Be careful! Even though the Aristaeus will accommodate STAX, it was made "solely" for the Sennheiser HE90. With STAX, I'm not so sure that you would be as pleased with the results, as you would with an ES-1 or KGBH.
post #419 of 24765
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Originally Posted by patrickamory View Post
Ah, interesting. But rather than go for the 007tII, maybe I should hold out for a Blue Hawaii or an ES-1? (or an Aristaeus should one ever come up for sale?)
Patrick
Well, you CAN build a Blue Hawaii - I am living proof... well, with some well timed help from a friend...
post #420 of 24765
I disagree that the SR-404 and the Lambda Pro differences are minor. It was night and day for me. The lower midrange harshness of the SR-404 wasn't there with the Lambda Pro. IMHO, the Lambda Pro sound more 'musical' to me than the SR-404 which sounded 'artificial'. In addition, the overall bass response with the Lambda Pro is better, IMHO.

Happy Listening!

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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
The difference between the SR-404 and Lambda Pro are minor, so I see no reason for you to replace you SR-404 with one.
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