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post #61 of 173
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Any Stax SRM-3 owners on here??
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thanks for the info and the links...

I have been interested in exploring stax for a while but each time I try, I get fatigued by inability to get a handle on all the model numbers of the handsets and the energizers. I did a search of stax in headphones-full-size with a view to posting a "help! where do i begin?" message and happily found this thread, which is giving me some clues about where to begin and access to lots of other potentially informative links, which I will explore.

Thanks
post #63 of 173
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OK good luck.
post #64 of 173
I have the 2050A system and love it. I don't think I'm ever going to buy the O2s however. I'd rather build a decent speaker system in my living room but I'm not in a rush. These are a good stop-gap for music listening at my computer.

My future head-fi goal is to purchase the KOSS ESP-950, sell my 2050a, terminate a stax plug on the koss, and purchase either a used SRM-T1 or used SRM1 MK2 Pro. I'm in no hurry however as I'm happy with the 2050a and don't even have a decent source for it.
post #65 of 173
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Originally Posted by dickbianchi View Post
I have been interested in exploring stax for a while but each time I try, I get fatigued by inability to get a handle on all the model numbers of the handsets and the energizers. I did a search of stax in headphones-full-size with a view to posting a "help! where do i begin?" message and happily found this thread, which is giving me some clues about where to begin and access to lots of other potentially informative links, which I will explore.

Thanks
Yeah, its a lot of different models and terms.
Guess thats a result of 50 years of headphone, transformer and energizer development...

You can start by reading through these two pages:
STAX Products histry
Stax Earspeakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Then later wander over two these Head-Fi threads:
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f113/s...ad-new-223263/
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/sta...he+Stax+thread
post #66 of 173
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I have the 2050A system and love it. I don't think I'm ever going to buy the O2s however.
That's what they all say...
post #67 of 173
I'd stay away from the SRM-3 as it is one of the few Stax amps that are bad and very outclassed either by the older SRM-1/Mk2 or the SRM-313/323.

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That's what they all say...
post #68 of 173

Yeah, they are a good place fo start..

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You can start by reading through these two pages:
STAX Products histry
Stax Earspeakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Thanks. I read through these. They are useful for "grounding". If I see references to certain models, I can now locate models in time and look at pics of them and this makes the whole business less chaotic. As I get more info this is a way to sort it.
post #69 of 173
I picked up an SR5NB "Gold" with a Fitz-modified amp from another head-fi'er and for a Stax, it has quite a bit of bass. It's the first time I've seen this model around and I'm glad I got a hold of it.
post #70 of 173
That's a great pair of headphones. I've heard and really, really enjoyed them.
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I picked up an SR5NB "Gold" with a Fitz-modified amp from another head-fi'er and for a Stax, it has quite a bit of bass. It's the first time I've seen this model around and I'm glad I got a hold of it.
Odd, I had a cotton cable SR-5NB, and it had barely any bass at all (on SRM-1/MK-2 Pro and SRM-T1S) compared to my Lambda Pros. To me, it was as bass light as my free earbuds, lol.
post #72 of 173
Are you sure it was the 5NB, powertoold? Your description sounds an awful lot like a plain SR5, to me.
post #73 of 173
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I wonder if that's the same one I'm using now? The internals suggest it might have been one of the battery-powered units though, going by a web search.
If it came from SACD-man then yes, along with the SR-5NB that he got from me in a three way deal where slwiser got one of my SRM-1 Mk2 pro.

EDIT - meaning it started out as an SRD-X that Fitz cleaned up and re-cased. These respond pretty well to a tube pre-amp.
post #74 of 173
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Are you sure it was the 5NB, powertoold? Your description sounds an awful lot like a plain SR5, to me.
I believe Currawong has my old SR-5NB (gold edition) with cloth cable (sold to SACD-man who sold them to him), and it had as much bass as the ones I kept with the ribbon cable. Much nicer phones than a normal SR-5.
post #75 of 173
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Please have a look at this review.

One Is about the Stax 4040II System. And the other one is the Stax SR-404 Headphones.

Please let me know what you think, wheather if you agree or not.




Headphone Reviews :: Stax SR404
The second review is right on the money. The SR-404's biggest flaw is the midrange tone. It's artificial, thin, brittle even, and not very fluid. Other than that - well, and the relative lack of bass impact - it is a very good headphone.

You need a lush, warm amp, and you need a source that's at once revealing but has real warmth in the mids. Then, you'll compensate for the upper midrange peak of the SR-404 - somewhat - and have a very good sounding system.

I'd look into vintage Stax, or save up and thet the 007 Mk1.

Remember, if your source isn't high-end, don't bother. Stax are really, really revealing. Absurdly so in fact. You'll see what's what soon enough.
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