Amen Brothers!!....Just for kicks and after the three days of only listening to the Stax, I put on my HD800s.....well....yuck!!....I think I'm ruined!! ... or ... spoiled....I just am confused!! I've stated so many accolades to the HD800s and well....I'm dumbfounded by the level of reproduction by the Stax.....I'm in friggin' awe and, as stated before, humbled....these things bring tears to my eyes....tell me....please tell me....it doesn't get better than this!!!
What they do is this...I'm hearing each instrument broken out holographically and left to right / back to front separations....the drum is dead center, cymbals l and r, etc....magical!
So many shows in which I've heard reviews....so many opinions on head-fi I've read...how, please tell me, how could I be the only one to hear this?....It's as if I'm in the studio with the recording artists?....it's friggin' religious!!
WAV files(lossless) via cds on ipod -> wadia -> Blue Jean SPDIF cable -> Benchmark DAC1 USB -> Blue Jean XLR out/IN -> Stax 006TII -> Stax 404 = MAGIC!!!
I'm in tears and I'm outta here and I'm humbled with head hung low and heart full of the thrill of, for the first time, really hearing the artists....good Lord, life is good and thanks to all from that gigantic Stax thread...I feel like Moses coming down from the mountain after speaking to the burning bush....
....if not for head-fi.....I would not know the satisfaction of this experience.
disclaimer: lousy recording = really lousy reproduction
FYI: Gomez, Bring It On, Pick a song = friggin' religious experience akin to hallucinogenics!!(not that I'd know what that's like but I can imagine.)
Adjectives to explain my experience: Clarity, separation, imaging, depth, transparency, lack of bass--> NO!! , faithful reproduction -> absolutely , effortless as stated by the masters of head-fi, bliss, and satisfaction!!
krmathis, thanks for all of your wisdom. hifidk, you're a straight shooter. Perhaps my experience will be explained away as a fanboyism or as such but to those who have taken the time to read this....do yourselves a favor and, if it is faithful "Hifi" reproduction you seek...perhaps you owe it to yourself to try a STAX!!
The level of sophistication is so evident...though it should be known that it takes me at least 30 minutes of energizing before I reach the levels of sound that are magical.
Now, I gotta listen to more of my material...every album sounds new!
Edited by Drumonron - 7/14/10 at 3:36am