Originally Posted by spritzer
Pretty much everybody that has compared the two favors the Mk1 and for good reason.
Sorry spritzer, but i disagree with your generalization. You are the most respected Stax'er in the forum, however im sure that you hear different than "everybody" but most importantly, the music you listen to is for sure different than the one I play, so possibly it is different from "everybody's". There are many people from this forum that contradict your statement as well as the important ears of stax employees.
In my case, I had both for a 6 weeks period, mostly because of your influential opinion on this forum and the other. I first bought the mk2 (A) and then arranged for the mk1, I wanted to be sure I had the best sounding model for me. After side by side listening for all this period I chose to keep the mk2 (007A) I thought they rendered piano slightly better, specially on atonal complex passages (Conlon Nancarrow, Luc Ferrari, Cornelius Cardew, Giacinto Scelsi, etc.) the last reverberation of a keystroke was sustained with more presence.
I have been a serious hifi enthusiast for almost 20 years, consequently, my ears have been well trained (at least I think so), as Im sure yours are too. And I can tell you that it was not an easy comparison, I found the two models much more close to each other than what I initially had thought, again, influenced by your strong opinion and some others. For my ears, the difference was subtle, the famous mid-bass hump is not really that apparent and I am sure that any of the two models would make anyone ultra happy. I would have been with the mk1 but I liked the mk2 slightly more