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post #61 of 148
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I got a chance to listen to the Sr-202 and 303 headphones on Saturday. each headphone was running out of a Srm 313 amp. I could hear the a difference between the cans, and I believe I preferred the 303 (before I even looked at the price!) it seemed to have a cleaner sound, and it was easier to hear the different instruments (separation I suppose). These were all new setups, what is the equivalent to these in older(vintage) models? I have been told that some of them sound better then the new stuff. I will be going back, as I only had a little less than an hour to listen, but I liked what I heard a lot. This particular setup did not have the sparkling detail of some of the grado's, but I think it was live enough for me. I'll be doing some back to back with some of the other cans at the store. I'm really glad you guys encouraged me to look into another location of the same store. the evanston location has a MUCH better setup all around.
post #62 of 148
Great to hear that you finally were able to audition a pair of Stax'en!
The SR-202 and SR-303 are very nice entry models to the world of electrostatic headphones. Great value for money imo.

Vintage models who come close to them are the Lambda's. SR-Lambda Pro and/or SR-Lambda Signature may be the closest ones, as they all are Pro bias and similar designs.

Enjoy!
post #63 of 148
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upon thinking more of my listening session. I really enjoyed the amount and feel of the bass in the stax I heard. what would be the can to look for if I would like a bit more "air", but not lose any bass?
post #64 of 148
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bumpin'
post #65 of 148
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Originally Posted by Keithpgdrb View Post
what would be the can to look for if I would like a bit more "air", but not lose any bass?
The SR-007...
..or perhaps the Koss ESP-950, which are said to be really nice. I have never personally heard them though.
post #66 of 148
the koss are a totally different beast. They have more bass, and less air. Kind of like the Grados of the electrostatic world, only better at everything.

If you want more air than the modern lambdas, your options are thus:

older lambdas, specifically the SR-Lambda normal bias or the lambda signature (these are debatable.)

Any SR-Sigma model

speakers (or AKG K1K)
post #67 of 148
Maybe Lambda Nova Signature, but i'm not even 100% certain I've heard it. Perhaps someone who has can chime in?
post #68 of 148
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Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
the koss are a totally different beast. They have more bass, and less air. Kind of like the Grados of the electrostatic world, only better at everything.

If you want more air than the modern lambdas, your options are thus:

older lambdas, specifically the SR-Lambda normal bias or the lambda signature (these are debatable.)

Any SR-Sigma model

speakers (or AKG K1K)

You forgot to include the HE60. Lots of air coupled with good instrument placement.
post #69 of 148
That's true, though I'm not sure Keith wants to hear that what he's looking for is a $2000 headphone.

Regardless, he's right. If you want the same bass and more air, you probably want the HE60s. Start saving.
post #70 of 148
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Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
That's true, though I'm not sure Keith wants to hear that what he's looking for is a $2000 headphone.

Regardless, he's right. If you want the same bass and more air, you probably want the HE60s. Start saving.
oh crap..

I think I'll start by looking for some of the vintage lambdas. any model numbers you can throw my way to keep an eye out for? I know it varies, but is there a general price range for this level of used equipment? I'm fighting this urge as much as I can, but since I've heard the new stax, I've got a bit of the bug.

again.. oh crap..
post #71 of 148
I paid $270 for an SR-Lambda with SRD-7 and extension cord. I sold the extension cord for not quite enough to buy new pads for the lambda. All told the expenditure was about $300. I waited and searched for two months for this deal.

My SR-X III (also w/ SRD-7) was something like $97, plus $25 or so i paid for new pads. But this kind of deal turns up about once a year.
post #72 of 148
I've been intrigued by this and would really want to audition some Stax equipment. Anyone know where I can find some in the San Diego area?
post #73 of 148
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But this kind of deal turns up about once a year.
When it does turn up, Eric often gets it.

A pair of HE60 just went for $950 on ebay to Wavoman. Pads were all beat to hell, but that's an easy fix.
post #74 of 148
Sorry for the noob question, but is the output of the SRD-7 pro or normal bias? I'll be keeping an eye on ebay for a good vintage starter set and I don't want to buy something that I might regret because I didnt ask the right questions.

EDIT: So after looking at pictures, looks like the SRD-7 has normal bias output, right? So does that mean I can't use the newer earspeakers like the sr-202?
post #75 of 148
How about this ebay item?
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