I will respond to all of you soon enough.
News, just ordered the Audio-GD Compass 2. This is gonna be my last amp/dac I get for a long while as far as main rig goes.
I spoke to Kingwa, and was told they'd refund me $400 for returning the SA-31. I have to pay shipping which hurts, so I will be getting like $300 and change after all is said and done, but I'll take the hit. I will hopefully sell the ODAC soon after.
So it will be:
Compass 2 amp/dac
Sigh, took a long time but looks like im settling. I MAY sell the HE400 if the Annie satisfies me enough for my bass heavy music. I wanna be absolutely sure, as the HE400 is more energetic, which may make it worthwhile keeping for certain situations.. All I do know is that the Annie has everything I could ask for in a balanced can including the amazing comfort, so I will be very surprised if I have an urge to ever give it up.
If I decide on selling the HE400, I will send it out to you guys first, and ask the last person to have it to hold on to it until I sell it, and ask them to ship it to the buyer, that way I dont have to pay shipping twice.
Anyone mind being the one to hold it until I sell it, and then you ship to buyer? Calpis, Nameless, Chico, Evs?
Again, this is assuming I sell it. I need to spend some time with both to see if its moot to own both. Regardless, the Annie stays. Of course in the future, I will send out the Annie to you guys, assuming I have something in the meanwhile, lol.
Glad they gave you a good deal on the SA-31, though as usual with these kind of transactions, shipping really cuts into your wallet, especially with something as heavy as an amplifier.
calpis claimed holding first, so I'll let him do it. Besides, it sounds like he might actually be the HE-400 buyer in the end!
I'll be surprised if you actually do settle on audio equipment this time, though. I thought for sure you'd call it off at the D7000...then the HE-400...and yeah, it just kept going from there with your never-ending quest for gaming audiophile headphone knowledge. There's also the chance that sending over my Stax setup for a review (when the whole amplifier thing ceases to be an issue) could bring about some unforeseen revelations and even more wheeling and dealing...
I have the SR-Lambda, the original Normal bias model released in 1979. This was Stax's flagship at the time (unless you count the earlier SR-Sigma as their flagship), and was a successful enough design to warrant using the same basic design to this day, albeit with modifications over the years.
I should note that this one isn't quite stock, as the drivers have been rebuilt with slightly thicker diaphragms (2.5 microns instead of the original 2 microns) and there's no mineral wool in the earcups (got it that way), but I can't imagine it being dramatically different from a stock SR-Lambda in sound presentation. Especially that midrange...oh yes, that glorious midrange.
Still, I'll know for sure if I ever do get my hands on a stock SR-Lambda. My wallet won't permit it for the time being, especially with the competition on eBay bidding things up above the usual levels for Stax equipment in general, but one of these days, I'll get one and keep it as a backup set.