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post #136 of 173

step ups

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Originally Posted by mypasswordis View Post
I think it's time to step up from the electrets.
Yes, Im getting the same feeling. I put in a bid for some 404s for sale bt ive had no response in almost two days. I'm thinking 404s and a tube amp.
post #137 of 173
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Originally Posted by dickbianchi View Post
The surprise was that I found I was more excited about the sound of the new baby stax portable, and I think I'm looking for a grownup version of that.
The O2 (Mk1) is the grown-up version of the 001, and has a similar tonality though it is better in just about every way. The 404 has a rather different midrange presentation with more emphasis on upper midrange, and if you want a 001-like sound it's not the way to go.

Not the advice that your wallet wanted to hear I'm sure
post #138 of 173
Following on the posts on the previous page about building a system. Thats exactly what I did I wanted a SRM-323A + SR-404, and read on te internet what kind of system to combine it with. So I got a system with a nice smooth sound, stronger low-mids (english hump) and some mellow mid-highs and highs. Yesterday my stax system finally arrived, and they have been on now for 12hours continiously. I'm not sure if stax require burn-in (probably they do), but I definetly know about the charging from my other stax system. I LOVE the sound, its exactly what I hoped/wanted, definetly a good investment. I cannot comment on how the 323 and 404 sound, just on how they sound on MY system, and they just sound unbelievable, they really make my music shine, god I love stax
post #139 of 173
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Originally Posted by catscratch View Post
The O2 (Mk1) is the grown-up version of the 001, and has a similar tonality though it is better in just about every way. The 404 has a rather different midrange presentation with more emphasis on upper midrange, and if you want a 001-like sound it's not the way to go.

Not the advice that your wallet wanted to hear I'm sure
Indeed. In the current for sale is an O2mk1 at more than 1000$ more than the 404 also for sale. If I bent my wallet for such a gorgeous beast, what kind of amp would I pair it with to get that grownup 'baby stax' sound?

Thanks, eveyone, for input.
post #140 of 173
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Originally Posted by dickbianchi View Post
Indeed. In the current for sale is an O2mk1 at more than 1000$ more than the 404 also for sale. If I bent my wallet for such a gorgeous beast, what kind of amp would I pair it with to get that grownup 'baby stax' sound?

Thanks, eveyone, for input.
I would suggest pairing it with the SRM-717. Or a Blue Hawaii of course.
post #141 of 173
whats so great about this blue hawaii i keep hearing about?
post #142 of 173
its nothing compared to blue curacao
post #143 of 173
hey VVanrij, what source sdo you recommend for Sr-303s?
post #144 of 173
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Originally Posted by SoliloCey View Post
whats so great about this blue hawaii i keep hearing about?
I suggest checking out the CanJam '08 meet impressions thread. Also a search will turn up a bunch of info.
post #145 of 173
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Originally Posted by SoliloCey View Post
hey VVanrij, what source sdo you recommend for Sr-303s?
AFAIK the 303 and 404 are the same except for the cable, and they sound almost identical. So I would suggest also a source which slightly surpresses the mid-high hump of these headphones. I'm a NAD man myself, I just love their sound, and they seem to really be a good match with my stax'. Also carefull DAC matching is essential. As always all imo and ymmv.
post #146 of 173

pairings

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Originally Posted by The Monkey View Post
I would suggest pairing it with the SRM-717. Or a Blue Hawaii of course.
Hmmm. Dont know the going rate for a used srm-717 but the Blue Hawaii is about as far away from my price range as the real Hawaii is from me physically. I notice that the 717 outputs 450v. Do the O2s (or for that matter, the 404s) benefit significantly from that?

Thanx for the suggestion to check out the Canjam 08 impressions thread. That would benefit me too.
post #147 of 173
The extra output voltage is nice but it is nearly meaningless as a benchmark to compare the amps against each other.
post #148 of 173

moving up

At this point I am considering an "interim" system, a used 3050II. Ive made an inquiry about it. There may be an issue about shipping outside the US.

I have a question a little off topic from the thread about buying. I offered to buy a 404 from someone on headfi, but it is well into the third day since I made the offer and I've had no reply. I assume that this releases me from any obligation and that I can go ahead with something else if I wish. Is there any custom or convention about this.

Thanks.
post #149 of 173
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Originally Posted by dickbianchi View Post
I have a question a little off topic from the thread about buying. I offered to buy a 404 from someone on headfi, but it is well into the third day since I made the offer and I've had no reply. I assume that this releases me from any obligation and that I can go ahead with something else if I wish. Is there any custom or convention about this.

Thanks.
It's a very fair question. The whole offer/acceptance thing here on the FS boards is pretty loose. But for your own peace of mind, you might just want to send a polite PM saying that you are no longer interested.
post #150 of 173
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Originally Posted by dickbianchi View Post
At this point I am considering an "interim" system, a used 3050II. Ive made an inquiry about it. There may be an issue about shipping outside the US.

I have a question a little off topic from the thread about buying. I offered to buy a 404 from someone on headfi, but it is well into the third day since I made the offer and I've had no reply. I assume that this releases me from any obligation and that I can go ahead with something else if I wish. Is there any custom or convention about this.

Thanks.
I'm fairly sure the recent 404 you're thinking of is sold.

Anyway, I'm just skimming this thread and see that you're fairly enthusiastic about Stax, so I'd say just aim for the O2 right now. It's inevitable at this point. You'll get the O2 within the next year whether you like it or not It's the way things work around here.
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