I'll get another pro-bias source soon (SRD-7/SB mk2)...and will see (hear)
So for those interested in the process of warranty work with PriceJapan the front end of the process looks like this.
I ship my 009's back to PriceJapan directly, at my cost. They will initiate the claim with STAX directly, so all of the work will be covered by warranty. When they receive the repaired headphones or replacements (repair is likely) they will ship them back to me at my cost.
They did warn me that with the current back order wait time my repair could take a long time, possibly 2 months.
And the wait begins.
I believe that returns are prioritised because I waited just as long as it took Stax Japan to send a pair to Stax USA repair center (Accutech). They kept me informed all the way (Stax US service was exemplary which came as shock after reading so many bad experiences).
Sure, Stax distributors are going to get preferential service from Stax Japan but it's entirely possible that the long wait list for the 009 is affected by returns, some of which we know about but there are surely many more. Anyhow, I hope you'll get it sorted through PJ just as fast.
Just to note, my SR009 that I bought new from Stax USA (#1550) about 18 months ago has perfect balance, no problems, and seems to sound better month after month.
They do seem to break in, and where sibilance bothered me early on now they are awesome.
I use my trusty 007t/ii amp and really see no need to trade up.
They are so compelling I feel like I can't stop listening (I know that's a cliche, but it's true.) They have a combination of detail and musicality that usually don't go together.
I had the 007t/SR007 combo for years, and the SR009 has the similar goodness of this combo with much deeper insight and density that is thrilling. There is lots of tube-y-ness that I like.
I really think they need to break in and be given a chance.
I think there is a huge silent majority of Stax lovers out there who are fans of Stax amp/Stax phone combos that don't post a lot.
But, after years with these combos:
T1W amp / Lambdas;
Original 007t amp / SR007 Mark 1s;
and now the 007t/ii amp / SR009s;
I feel I know the Stax sound well in all its glorious intimacy and speed and sweetness and I think it's a myth that you can't find happiness with a Stax amp.
I can hear the evolutionary progress from these 3 combos and I just appreciate it's unique goodness.
It's not a bass or soundstage monster sound, but that's not what I think the Stax signature is. It's bass and staging that's just there, with fantastic insight,
and it sounds complete to me, and un-duplicated by any other phones.
Did you happen to miss his very next post:
You guys must be fairly new to stat-headphones. This has been around for years. That's why most stat amps have vol control for both L and R.
Insufficient to correct, for example, a deficit level> 30 dB in the left channel of my SR 507 before I do it refunded.
30dB is a problem. No doubt.
Originally Posted by spritzer
A brand new set from Japan went bad recently so it hasn't been fixed. It's definitely a connection issue but where it is, that's the problem.
Edited by spritzer - 4/20/13