uh oh - Smyth A8 on its way to me.
Also, more thoughts on the 507:
For the 1st time I have a strong preference for more lively mic'd recordings, acoustic, vocal, and the like with high dynamics. Acoustic bass instruments are supremely powerful with lovely texture - realistic. The 507s let sweet, happy, exciting music come through. Treble is more natural than I am used to. Fantastic.
I have been listening to these for 7+ hour sessions without fatigue. That is outstanding in itself. I remember my Denon D5000s (which are in NY; I am currently in VA) to be quite fun with their super bass. In fact, I was really worried the 507s would sound limp in comparison. Luckily, not at all.
I consider myself a borderline bass head, yet these SR-507s are so right, realistic in bass quantity, it simply doesn't matter. In fact, these are far from bass light. They hit hard when called upon; the realism is just as important as the quantity. Perhaps this is why I find myself preferring acoustic and live recordings.
Electronic music is somewhat unhinged from (instrumental) reality. It's almost like, what's the point of the 507? (again, strictly speaking about bass). That said, the "clicky" preciseness of certain electronic music over the 507s seems to wire the music directly to my brain, if that makes any sense.
Suffice to say, I am more than a little excited to set up the Smyth Realiser A8 with these Stax phones. I will be using a very modest monitor setup with some NHT Superones to start with. Their stereo imaging is lovely regardless; I crave that with headphones. Yikes.
Edit #80 billion: I bet when I listen to my Denons tomorrow the bass is going to blow my head off
Edit - these are so good
Edited by pixelcity - 6/23/14 at 9:20pm