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post #211 of 358

I haven't had the 507, but I think even the 407, which I'm using with a 007Tii Stax amp, sounds better than the HD800, which I had off and on with several amps.

post #212 of 358
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Originally Posted by greggf View Post
 

I haven't had the 507, but I think even the 407, which I'm using with a 007Tii Stax amp, sounds better than the HD800, which I had off and on with several amps.

 

Just goes to prove that we all hear differently. There are aspects to the 407/507 such as speed and transparency that some would prize above all other elements. Others would find the tone and soundstage of the HD800's superior. Synergy with your other equipment can sway this argument as well.

post #213 of 358
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Can you elaborate on what makes the 507's more appealing than the HD800 as im considering both options at this point. What did you like/dislike about each?

Also, do you find the 507's to perform better with certain music genres.

 

The HD800 overall was too bright and aggressive even when driven by my Bottlehead Crack which is great a producing a clean and smooth sound.  The detail and soundstage were certainly fantastic and impressive but I didn't find them to be very musical or as engaging when compared to my K400 and K240DF which sounded very similar to the HD800 in presentation.  The 507 on the other hand was able to deliver the same fantastic detail and treble without ever being strident like the HD800 could be.  It also has more bass and plenty of body/impact.  The 507 is able to sound great with every genre I've thrown at it where the HD800 was less of a generalist which is a big factor in my book.  The HD800 wins for comfort which is also important for many people.  

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I'm just starting out.  I do not have a dedicated stereo system.  I have a late 2012 IMac with the headphone jack in the rear.  All music is through ITunes Apple Lossless, and I'm considering going to JRiver and FLAC.  I'm considering getting the Stax SRS-4170 system which includes the Stax SR 407 ear speaker and the Stax SRM-006tS driver.  I guess Stax paired the ear speaker with that particular driver because they felt it was the best pairing.  Would I be able to drive this system directly out of the rear headphone jack on my Mac?  I know that the Stax SRS-2170 system can be driven out of an iPod, PC, and Mac, but am not sure about the 4170 system.  I e-mailed Stax directly with my query, but have not heard back from them.  

 

I have other questions.

 

Do you think there are compromises between the 2170 and 4170 systems?

 

I was considering also getting the Stax SR 507.  I noticed that Stax kind of pairs this off with the STAX SRM-600LE driver.  I noticed that the driver for the 4170 system and the driver for the Stax SRS 570 have vacuum tubes.  I know that vacuum tubes have a limited lifespan and was wondering how to replace the tubes when they wear out, since I don't think that Stax is truly represented in the United States, and judging from they're not responding to my simple query, their customer service may not be the most prompt.  I'm not into tube rolling which can get very complicated and expensive.  What I was wondering was if the Stax 407 and the Stax 507 could be driven by the STAX SRM-323S solid state driver.  First of all, the driver would be cheaper, which is a big consideration for me.  Secondly, that driver is solid state which would mean no tube hassles.  Would there be a lot of compromises with the STAX SRM-323S driver and the Stax 407 or Stax 507?

 

I'd appreciate any answers.

 

Thanks.

post #216 of 358

I have a 407, and have driven it in the past with the 323 and the 006t.  I currently drive it with a 007tII.  Quite frankly, it sounds great with any of these amps.  You would, however, be able to tell the differences between them.  To me, the 323 is lean & clean, the 007tII richer & bloomier, and the 006t somewhere in the middle but, for some reason, my least favorite.  But these differences are ridiculously subtle.  You really need to hear these differences yourself.

 

As for tubes, I've never had tube issues with STAX gear over 20 years of use of their various tubed units.  I would think it's a non-issue.

post #217 of 358

My existing stuff consists of Beyer T1 and Woo WA2 for more than a year and very satisfy with the sound.

 

But I have a too good to be miss offer of a pair of Stax SR-507, and would like to seek advice on which amp to drive it. I am looking at Woo GES or SRM 006TS. I have done a price comparison between SRM 006TS vs SRM 007Tll, it seems like the 007 is almost 2 times the price of it. Any advice on the difference in sound quality would be greatly appreciated.

post #218 of 358

Hey guys. I use to own a pair of the SR-009s with SRM-727, but for reasons I've sold it. Now I'm willing to jump back into the Stax community but looking at a lower-budget combo.

 

I enjoyed the SR-507 of my friend's pairing with my SRM-727. But can anyone share his/her experience pairing the SR-507 with amps like SRM-600 Limited or SRM-007ta? I am kinda interested in the tube Stax amps. Thanks.

post #219 of 358
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Originally Posted by ChiAki View Post

Hey guys. I use to own a pair of the SR-009s with SRM-727, but for reasons I've sold it. Now I'm willing to jump back into the Stax community but looking at a lower-budget combo.

I enjoyed the SR-507 of my friend's pairing with my SRM-727. But can anyone share his/her experience pairing the SR-507 with amps like SRM-600 Limited or SRM-007ta? I am kinda interested in the tube Stax amps. Thanks.

I've never heard the Stax amps, but I do use the 507 with a tube amp and it sounds wonderful. I actually just put in some warm sounding tubes, and the 507 is smooth, has good slam, and and while the extreme top end is now a tiny bit rolled off it is still extremely transparent. I know that many criticize the 507 for being bright or harsh, but I don't hear that at all. I think the 507 does well with tubes smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by mangler - 2/24/14 at 8:04am
post #220 of 358

Yeah, I have to concur.  I've had the 323 for several days now with my 507s, and have had them playing for, guess what, about 50 hours, and today, it seems the audio is blooming and really opening up.  The synergy between the 323 and 507s is incredible.

post #221 of 358
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Yeah, I have to concur.  I've had the 323 for several days now with my 507s, and have had them playing for, guess what, about 50 hours, and today, it seems the audio is blooming and really opening up.  The synergy between the 323 and 507s is incredible.

 

Got the same set and also like it a lot, I think it's very good value for money soundwise. Sometimes I could use a tad more warmth for the female vocals but otherwise great sound quality.

post #222 of 358
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Originally Posted by glorkaglickflic View Post
 

Yeah, I have to concur.  I've had the 323 for several days now with my 507s, and have had them playing for, guess what, about 50 hours, and today, it seems the audio is blooming and really opening up.  The synergy between the 323 and 507s is incredible.


Yes, the 323 is one of the better Stax amps. Some say that compared to the KGSSHV it is grainy and flat, at least with the 009. It may be a bit different with the 507 because at least my 507 and 323S are also very synergistic, definitely not flat, and not grainy - perhaps until someone compares with the KGSSHV, but the price difference is huge. So if your piece sounds good, be happy and just enjoy the music :).


Edited by zolkis - 3/28/14 at 12:48pm
post #223 of 358

Can anyone comment on the comfort of the earcup holes of the 507s? I was thinking of getting a pair as a gateway into electrostatics, but I tend get annoyed with headphones with smaller cups that can touch the edges of my ears. For comparison, 009s fit perfectly and have good comfort, but are a bit expensive for me right now. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to try the Lambda series, hence the (possibly silly) question.

post #224 of 358

The comfort on of the 507 is good but not the best in my experience.  The ear cups are a little on the small size and the rectangular shape is not as ergonomic compare to rounded ear cups.  I would not say they are uncomfortable but I would not rank them very high is this regard.

post #225 of 358
Until I tried the 007 and 009, I thought the 507 is fine, at least I could wear it for hours without issues. Beware this is personal, so you will not know until you really try. But the Omegas are far more comfortable. That still leaves the 507 fine for long listening sessions. For me they are better than or comparable to the TH900 which has slightly smaller pads than the Omegas. Again, this may be personal.
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