I'm an avid gamer, and i,m looking to upgrading my sound. I first ran into Mad Lust Envy's thread, which prompted me to visit this thread for help( as a pc gamer)
as of now i use sony iem's for general pc usage, (games, youtube) with onboard audio. kind of bad, huh?
on the first page of this thread
Nameless says ''-Buy a Stax Lambda system. You'll generally need $300-500 and a speaker amp for the cheaper sets, but I have yet to find a better headphone for gaming if you're looking for competitive positioning and comfort for hours on end.
-Alternatively, there's the HiFiMan HE-400, which is surprisingly comfortable with velour pads, has a nice cinematic sound presentation, and actually sounds surprisingly like a Stax SR-202/SRM-212 setup while being far less reliant on specialized amplification.''
wait...wait, so a stax lambda is what i'm looking for. I actually can't find one. only its older brother, the sr 507 ( released recently)
are the sonic qualities of both of them similar? i mean.. they are both from the lambda series ( I think )
Taken from Battle Of The Flagships (57 Headphones compared):
THE BATTLE OF THE FLAGSHIPS continued...
My quest to find the greatest headphone ever made!
by David Solomon
#17 STAX: SR-507
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In 1960, Stax introduced the very first electrostatic headphone. Without delving into too much detail, let me say that electrostatic transducers operate differently from dynamic transducers. Dynamic transducers are far more common in headphone design. However, electrostatic transducers are highly praised for their extremely low distortion levels. Electrostatic headphones require a dedicated electrostatic amplifier. While Stax manufacturers several of these amps themselves, many third-party manufacturers have designed some marvelous electrostatic amps.
Stax introduced their Lambda series around 1980. More than thirty years later, Stax is still adding new headphones to this series. The SR-507 is the most recent addition to the Lambda series. The most obvious characteristic of this series is its rectangular-shaped ear-cup. The SR-507 is the only Lambda model I have ever owned. However, I have auditioned several Lambda models, including the SR-407 and SR-404 Limited Edition. I was highly impressed with the SR-404 Limited Edition, but I opted for the more easily-available SR-507.
The SR-507 is not Stax's current flagship (that designation belongs to the SR-009), but it is the current flagship of the Lambda series. Coincidentally, the SR-507 is the lowest ranking of the eight electrostatic headphones included in my list; not a bad feat for electrostatics, considering that #17 is still a very high ranking. When contrasting the general sound properties of electrostatic and dynamic transducers, I find that electrostatic transducers often sound more transparent, whereas dynamic transducers often possess more impact and character. The sound signature of the SR-507 is just a hair on the analytical side, but nevertheless, it manages to be very engaging.
TRANSPARENT: The SR-507 is a very transparent sounding headphone. It possesses a slightly cold temperament, but is transparent nonetheless.
TREBLE: The SR-507 exhibits grain-free treble extension. I prefer its treble presentation over most other headphones, save for the SR-009 and HE90.
MIDS: The midrange response of the SR-507 is very close to flat. I don't hear any awkward peaks or dips here.
DETAILED: The SR-507 provides the listener with a fantastic amount of detail. At its price, the SR-507 is the most detailed headphone that I have heard. The mids and treble sound extremely natural; upper-harmonics are audible without a sense of harshness.
DECAY: Electrostatic headphones tend to offer a faster decay than dynamic transducer headphones. The SR-507 most certainly showcases a fast decay.
TRANSIENT RESPONSE: From my experience, electrostatic transducers typically offer a liquid-like transient response. In terms of naturalness, the SR-507's transient response and decay surpasses that of most high-end dynamic headphones.
SMALL ENSEMBLE MASTER: I find that the sound signature of the SR-507 is best-suited for small ensembles, such as an intimate jazz combo or chamber ensemble. It is also handles electronic music extremely well. I find that its sound signature may be just a bit too bright to be optimal for rock music.
EASY TO AMP: The SR-507 requires an amplifier, but you don't need to spend a fortune to get it to sound good. Although I personally do not own any Stax amps, I have heard several Lambda models (including the SR-507) paired with Stax amps and I was mightily impressed with their sound.
SERIALIZED: To my knowledge, all currently-produced Stax headphones are serialized; the SR-507 is no exception.
ANALYTICAL?: To my ears, the sound signature of the SR-507 is a bit on the colder side. I enjoy its analytical nature sometimes, but other times, I find its sound to be verging on icy.
SMALL SOUNDSTAGE: The soundstage here is narrow and without much height. If this headphone was to be criticized for having a weak spot, it would be its soundstage presentation.
COMFORT: I have tried other Lambda models which happen to be far more comfortable than the SR-507. I do not find the SR-507 to be particularly comfortable; the internal area of the ear-cup exerts pressure on my outer ear. But the real issue here is just how much the leather earpads heat up my head; I sweat within 20 minutes of using the SR-507. I would reach for this headphone more if this was not the case.
STORAGE: The packaging here is nothing fancy - just a cardboard box with Styrofoam padding inside. It's not the easiest task to put the headphones back in this box. In my opinion, the SR-507 ships with one of the least impressive storage boxes at its price-point.
ON THE FENCE
IMAGING: While the soundstage here is fairly narrow, the drivers are angled for a more realistic sound presentation. The SR-507 provides the listener with the ability to place instruments with a fair amount of precision.
BASS: The bass response of the SR-507 is very tight and shows excellent restraint. Even still, it is just a touch leaner than I would like. I would prefer the SR-507 have a weightier / fuller tone. Perhaps, this is from where my perception of the SR-507's analytical nature stems.
NEUTRAL?: The SR-507 is a fairly neutral sounding headphone. However, I wouldn't necessarily champion the SR-507 as a completely uncolored headphone.
CABLE: The quality of the stock cable is very good. I have never had urge to re-cable any of my Stax headphones. However, you all already know that I prefer a user-detachable cable design. :)
FOR THE PRICE
At its price-point, the SR-507 is a very good value. Of course, you will need an electrostatic amplifier in order to power the SR-507. The biggest criticism that I have regarding the SR-507 is that the earpads cause me to sweat excessively. If you don't mind this aspect so much, the SR-507 is among the best headphones you can buy for its price.
ISOLATION: Little to None
AMPLIFICATION: Absolutely Requires Amp
MY PREFERRED AMP: HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition
SOUNDS BEST WITH: Jazz / Chamber Music / Electronic
CABLES USED: Stock
REVISIONS KNOWN: None Known To Me
FLAGSHIP STATUS: Specific To Product-Line
PRODUCTION STATUS AS OF 2012: In Production
One of the weaknesses is 'small soundstage', but a review of the lambda pro tells me of its incredible sound stage and detail.
i don't understand. the 507 should be better than the original( i think )
And isn't it true that good gaming headphones generally have large sound stages? at least what MLE posts.
so please help, i'm all over the place, i don't know what sound card can be used with the electostat amp, and what sound card to get in the first place.