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post #16 of 26
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Hello, I do have a primare 31.2 poweramp (Amplifiers and high-end Hi-Fi systems by PRIMARE) it is 2x120w into 4 ohm. I think it has dual mono amps and a dual mono power supply. Its one big and heavy beast although it does not get burning hot, you still can feel it get warm. I am pretty sure its class a. I am not a techie though.
Greetings, Anouk
post #17 of 26
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Hey LArry thanks as always for the info, ok so I guess it will either be the ges 717 or extata (if I can find a builder) and since I like the warm, euphonic sound probbably the ges. Although I will have to read up on the diy amp. Will you or someone else have an opportunity to listen to it when it comes out and compare it to either the 717 and/or ges with o2?
So does this mean that the o2 does require mor power then the 404(le)?
I have decided not to go with a transformer box and I am also not selling my current poweramp because its a total beast an dI am happy with it (just wished that I bought the integrated version at the time).
I guess I can wait a months or two before making my final decision. I think i will wait til half januari actually since 6th of januari will be my birthday. I want to know htat I do this right.
Greetings, Anouk
The O2 does require more power than the SR404LE. I have heard the first eXStatA prototype next to my GES, and eXStatA indeed has more power than the GES with great soundstage and separation, but it was not as tonally pleasing and warm as the GES. I wont have a chance to compare the 717 that I heard to the GES because I sold the GES last night to buy a WES (moar powers).

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I'm getting good results with the 200Wpc Nelson Pass designed Nakamichi PA-7 Stasis and SRD-7 pro. What power amp do you have?
I was told that the SRD-7 boxes had a max power rating of 8-12 watts, so I have not tried amps bigger than a 12 watt SS amp or a couple of different 8 watt tube amps.
post #18 of 26
It's lack of huge heatsinks would suggest that it does not operate in class A to its rated power. A class A amplifier is not critical to getting good sound from the adaptor. As long as the amp does not horribly distorted sound or have a high noise levels it should work well.
post #19 of 26
there are 2 or 3 SRD-7's selling in head-fi now which is surprising since they usually get sold pretty quick. I have one and I like it, although I hope to have an eXStatA coming my way soon.
I don't think I would sell my SRD-7's though.
717's are hard to find and more expensive than the eXStatA.
post #20 of 26
I tried a small EL-84 amp with the SRD-7 Pro and it's bloated bass that sounded great on my speakers did not translate well through the STAX. Any clean sounding, linear amp with a moderate amount of power should work. Larry's ZDT worked well with the SRD-7 Pro IMO.
post #21 of 26
I feel so bad I missed the meet... this month has been crazy with my travel schedule, I do hope that another one happens soon.
Are there any pics of the meet somewhere?
Anouk, I totally support your love for stax and k1000's, 404's are great but O2's are heavenly... the hd800's bite the dust. Good luck with your conversion!
post #22 of 26
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Hi Guy, yes there are pictures in a thread just search for dutch and you should find it, it was started by blackmore.
Aethelred who bought my woo wa2 and w5000 (which is a heavenly combination with the rest of his setup) could not make it either.
What stax setup do you have?
I have decided NOT to go with a transformer box. my poweramp has been blown in the past and I really dont want to have to get it back to the store again so a separate amp it will be.
I gues sstax in general is not all that big of a subgroup in head-fi so I guess not many people will have heard more then one of the amps htat were made for it.
Greetings, Anouk
post #23 of 26
Comparing my Lambda Nova Signatures (the predecessors to the SR404) from a 717 or 007t with the HD-800s balanced from a rig a serious order of magnitude above what you have, the HD-800s completely win in soundstage/headstage, which jumps considerably when going balanced, but in absolute finesse the Stax still win. In both cases, I recommend investing in a serious source, though in some respects the Stax are more forgiving than the HD-800s.
post #24 of 26
4070??
post #25 of 26
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Comparing my Lambda Nova Signatures (the predecessors to the SR404) from a 717 or 007t with the HD-800s balanced from a rig a serious order of magnitude above what you have, the HD-800s completely win in soundstage/headstage, which jumps considerably when going balanced, but in absolute finesse the Stax still win. In both cases, I recommend investing in a serious source, though in some respects the Stax are more forgiving than the HD-800s.
If you have the money. What is his price range? Would like to hear a stax.. But tired of the, selling everything for blank headphone. If I buy smart and used I could get a good to excellent set up. I just don't want to sell everything else to afford it. And after a while, the wow factor wears off and you are just stuck with the music, so would need more neutral stax.
post #26 of 26
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Hello, luckily I am a one headphone kind of person. No i dont want the 4070, its closed.
It wasnt only the soundstage/imaging that I liked about the stax also the naturalness and fullness of sound, I just got a lot more joy from it. And A balanced hd80 rig would be a lot more expensive for me then an o2 rig. Remember I am not a diyer, and commercial beta22s are not cheap at all.
Greetings, Anouk
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