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post #46 of 62
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post

I'm guessing high output imp or output Vrms


Most Japanese sources have single ended output stages so the XLR in an afterthought.  How this is handled varies from manufacturer to manufacturer as some use transformers (vintage SOTA Sony gear) or some good phase splitting circuits but all Esoteric's I've seen are scraping the bottom of the barrel with truly nasty opamp based phase splitters.  Better let the Stax amps take care of that. 

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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post




Most Japanese sources have single ended output stages so the XLR in an afterthought.  How this is handled varies from manufacturer to manufacturer as some use transformers (vintage SOTA Sony gear) or some good phase splitting circuits but all Esoteric's I've seen are scraping the bottom of the barrel with truly nasty opamp based phase splitters.  Better let the Stax amps take care of that. 


Except that the K01 appears to be deriving the hot and cold signals directly from the DACs rather than the cheap phase splitters you're referring: http://esoteric.teac.com/resources/pdf/k-01.pdf

 

If this an issue of output level on the xlrs, it is also user adjustable for the k01.

 

Lastly, the output impedance on the XLRs is 100 ohms, an industry standard I believe and nowhere near an issue for any preamp.

 

post #48 of 62

Looking into a direct competitor, although Japanese as well, the balanced signal appears to be detived also directly at the DAC stage: http://www.accuphase.com/cat/dp-700_e.pdf

post #49 of 62

Well those aren't schematics, just block diagrams and they have been known to be wildly inaccurate.  If the K-01 is built like that then there is indeed not a phase splitter but instead they use an opamp to sum the differential output from the DAC's.  Yeah... not a good way of doing things... 

 

For the Accuphase, look at the output voltage.  It's the same for RCA-XLR which is not something one sees often.  Either there are 3 complete output stages per channel or they are just using one splitting then output at unity gain.  I've never seen the insides of a DP-700 so I can't be sure what's going on there. 

post #50 of 62
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No ! I didn't pay a thing, however UK customs did keep hold of the package for a few days and then eventually cleared it, PriceJapan do have the same policy with what they did I believe on everything, but I don't want to say what it was.
 

 

 


I said that I didn't have to pay any import VAT [ which in the UK is 20% of whatever the cost is ]  when I received the SR-009's + SRE-950S extension cable, however I've just received a letter asking me to make a payment of £35.27 to UK customs. So I did have to pay something after all.
 

 

 

post #51 of 62

I panic bought the SR-009's in January after hearing about the Chinese company taking over Stax and until I receive the BHSE I'm only able to try them on. I haven't had them on my head for sometime so I decided to try them on today and they reminded me just how comfortable I find they really are, so comfortable I know I could listen to music all day with them on. Hopefully I should be receiving the BHSE soon. 

post #52 of 62

Hi!

 

I´m going soon to Tokyo gs1000.gif any new advices about (mainly) shopping a used pair of SR-009?

 

I will try to get to e-earphones and fujiya avic after trying them on yodobashi camera...

 

thanks in advance!

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post #54 of 62

Is there any reputable online shop in Japan where you can get them ? (don't want to go Tokyo just for that ;)
 

post #55 of 62

PriceJapan is the cheapest way to order these outside of Japan, especially now with the weak yen.  They do have a pretty long wait for a set right now though.

post #56 of 62

Anyone tried to ask them to lower the declared value upon shipping ? Last time I ordered 4 SHM-CDs from CD Japan, I ended up paying $40 in duty and VAT (and that was on $150 order) ... :(
 

post #57 of 62

Some people do that, PJ will oblige though that's a not insignificant risk with a purchase of that value.

post #58 of 62

I see Pricejapan as the 009 for USD 3,472.  Almost a steal.

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Originally Posted by edstrelow View Post

I see Pricejapan as the 009 for USD 3,472.  Almost a steal.

 

"My headphones were a steal. They only cost 3-and-a-half grand instead of 5!". o2smile.gif

 

 

Copyright: keone

post #60 of 62
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

 

"My headphones were a steal. They only cost 3-and-a-half grand instead of 5!". o2smile.gif

 

 

Copyright: keone

 

Ironic, but still true.

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