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post #76 of 243
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I tested the Havana, the Rega, the Calyx, the M2Tech Young and, a DIY 1541 based dac and the Neko D100.
The Havana had a nice timbre with acoustic music but too 'closed' on the top end.
The Rega was harsh, same with the 1541.
The Calyx was very good but a bit too laid back and I preferred the Young, especially with the additional battery power supply.
Finally a few months ago I've listened to the Neko and was love! Great dynamics, not as fast as the young, but with a natual decay of the notrs.
Fantastic timbre accuracy with acoustic music and small combo. I'm using it with a M2tech EVO with battery supply. I think the Neko and the Lambda are a very good match.

Many thanks for the response, i just bought a used Wyred4 sound Dac 2 from another head-fier , and I'm on the loaner list for the Neko , waiting for my turn . Hopefully one or the other is better than the Bifrost :)

post #77 of 243
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Many thanks for the response, i just bought a used Wyred4 sound Dac 2 from another head-fier , and I'm on the loaner list for the Neko , waiting for my turn . Hopefully one or the other is better than the Bifrost smily_headphones1.gif
Looking forward to your impressions! The Dac2 is one of the dac I want(ed) to try in my system and I had never the opportunity to do.
post #78 of 243

Did we ever see a proper comparison with the 404LE and the 507? from what I can tell from searching there was never a really good comparison. 

 

I have my 009s, but I want a nice head box in a recent Lambda. I just love the way they look and a new flavor is always fun every now and then.

post #79 of 243
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Did we ever see a proper comparison with the 404LE and the 507? from what I can tell from searching there was never a really good comparison.

 

I owned both, and sold both. If you go back to my post #9, I had a brief comment about them.

 

From memory (which I know is unreliable), I might say they both had a similar type of sound - clear, treble-tilted, not very much bass quantity. Can't offer anything more specific though. If the SR-507 had more bass quantity, I might have sold my HD800 and GS-X a lot earlier. tongue.gif

 

And I want to say again I found both to be very uncomfortable. I might have kept one or both of them if they had the OII-style frame instead of the Lambda-style frame.


Edited by Asr - 9/29/12 at 12:07am
post #80 of 243
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And I want to say again I found both to be very uncomfortable. I might have kept one or both of them if they had the OII-style frame instead of the Lambda-style frame.

The only negative I find with the 407 is the comfort issue. I find it acceptable but no where near as comfortable as my T1's. The main problem is that the headband is plastic and there is no way that I have found to bend it to relieve the clamping force, which for me is excessive. I have found that it has loosened up a bit since I first got them but it still has a long way to go to get to the comfort level of my other hp's. The sound is fantastic so I put up with the comfort issue and hope that they will loosen up over time. I have been thinking about stepping up to the 007 to get more comfort but in my one audition of the 007 I frankly did not like the sound as much as the 407/507. 

post #81 of 243
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

Did we ever see a proper comparison with the 404LE and the 507? from what I can tell from searching there was never a really good comparison. 

 

I have my 009s, but I want a nice head box in a recent Lambda. I just love the way they look and a new flavor is always fun every now and then.

I've own 507 in the past and when I compared them to 009 I didn't find any reason not to sell 507, because the sound signature is very similliar, but 009 is simply much-much better in every way... IMO if you want some companion to 009 from STAX it must be 007, because they just sound different, actually I find that sound of 007 is closer to LCD-2/3 than to 507/009 IMHO wink.gif

post #82 of 243
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Originally Posted by DragonOwen View Post

I've own 507 in the past and when I compared them to 009 I didn't find any reason not to sell 507, because the sound signature is very similliar, but 009 is simply much-much better in every way... IMO if you want some companion to 009 from STAX it must be 007, because they just sound different, actually I find that sound of 007 is closer to LCD-2/3 than to 507/009 IMHO wink.gif

Your comments made me smile cause I totally agree. I had the HE 500 and the sound signature was similar to my experience with the 007 (although the 007 was much higher resolution). So I agree that the 007 reminds me of the ortho sound. I am not going to be able to step up to the 009 just too expensive for me. the LCD3 would actually be possible but I can't take the weight of the ortho's which is why I sold my HE500. I could not keep them on my head for more than 30 minutes without suffering pain. The 407 gives me some of the qualities of the 009 without the expense. Unfortunately, I don't find them as comfortable as I would like. When I listen to my T1's I can forget I am wearing headphones. The 407's never come close to that level of comfort. I might get a used pair of the 007's if I can find one to change off the 407's for comfort. Then I have to deal with the issue of the amp as the 006tII I have I am told won't drive the 007's. It never ends.


Edited by Chodi - 9/29/12 at 2:34am
post #83 of 243
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Originally Posted by DragonOwen View Post

I've own 507 in the past and when I compared them to 009 I didn't find any reason not to sell 507, because the sound signature is very similliar, but 009 is simply much-much better in every way... IMO if you want some companion to 009 from STAX it must be 007, because they just sound different, actually I find that sound of 007 is closer to LCD-2/3 than to 507/009 IMHO wink.gif

You are saying if I want a poor man sr009 then I should go for the sr507?
post #84 of 243
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You are saying if I want a poor man sr009 then I should go for the sr507?

I would advise going for the 407 and save your money. The sonic difference between the 407 and 507 is only in the ear pads and not much at that. Honestly I get glorious sound from the 407's although I know it may be only 70 or 80% of the resolution of the 009 it is 20-30% of the price taking into consideration the amp requirements. 

post #85 of 243
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post

You are saying if I want a poor man sr009 then I should go for the sr507?
That is my impression as well. Having heard 507, 009 and 007 there are more similarities between 507 and 009 than between 007 and 009.
507 and 009 share a similar tonal balance and timbre accuracy, but 009 stage reconstruction is on a different level.
The 009 is obviously better and if you can afford it there's no reason to keep the 507.
Edited by realmassy - 9/29/12 at 3:40am
post #86 of 243
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

That is my impression as well. Having heard 507, 009 and 007 there are more similarities between 507 and 009 than between 007 and 009.
507 and 009 share a similar tonal balance and timbre accuracy, but 009 stage reconstruction is on a different level.
The 009 is obviously better and if you can afford it there's no reason to keep the 507.

009 is definitely unaffordable to me but ges+507, that may happen in the future. But even ges+507/407, it will take quite some time for me to get the money for that. Honestly it may take me a year or 2, as I also have other priorities... I also don't know if I want to get into stats since they have their own amps... do you think its better for me to get ges+507/407 or a good amp+a top notch dynamic/ortho? I'm in no rush to decide as I'm nowhere close to having the money to buy yet redface.gif
post #87 of 243
It's all about personal taste mate. The first time I listened to the 202, bought used with its amp for £250, I knew I sold my dynamic rig and never regret. The 009 is too expensive for me too, and I struggle to justify its cost, but the 2050 combo is excellent value for money. The 202 is an incredible headphone, and in some aspects (very airy top end, extra clear bass) you can even prefer them to the 507. The 507 sounds great with different types of music, has better dynamics and bass impact, the old lambda generation have instead a typical Stax sound that probably suits better acoustic music.
post #88 of 243
How do they compare with koss esp950?
post #89 of 243
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post

How do they compare with koss esp950?

The esp950 compared with the 507 would be something in the likes of a sennheiser hd600s.

post #90 of 243
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The esp950 compared with the 507 would be something in the likes of a sennheiser hd600s.

What do you mean?
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