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post #91 of 109
awesome! i think they will offer up a much more pleasant listening experience than the t1 set-up. the sr-202/207 is ultra smooth with a beautiful midrange and plenty of bass. it is not fatiguing sound wise whatsoever.
post #92 of 109
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Originally Posted by RexAeterna View Post

awesome! i think they will offer up a much more pleasant listening experience than the t1 set-up. the sr-202/207 is ultra smooth with a beautiful midrange and plenty of bass. it is not fatiguing sound wise whatsoever.

I couldn't think of anything better than this for the realizer a8 and stax combo!

post #93 of 109

The technicalities of headphones come into play in order to get maximum performance from the Realiser, which is why it comes bundled with the Stax headphones.  They're super fast and clean.  Frequency response of the headphone doesn't matter in this application because the headphones are essentially being EQ'd to match the FR of the speaker system at your listening position.

post #94 of 109
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The technicalities of headphones come into play in order to get maximum performance from the Realiser, which is why it comes bundled with the Stax headphones.  They're super fast and clean.  Frequency response of the headphone doesn't matter in this application because the headphones are essentially being EQ'd to match the FR of the speaker system at your listening position.

I did consider getting the woo audio wes with stax sr009 and a naim dac, but i think that's going overboard for gaming!

post #95 of 109

The sound on games are getting better and better all the time!


Edited by our martin - 5/15/12 at 3:20pm
post #96 of 109

OK, this will be hard for folks to accept because everyone loves to dream about the unobtainable, super-shiny, super expensive toy.  

 

For low distortion, high coherency the Stax are way more refined than the Wilsons.    

 

Having said that, the Wilsons have the bass feel and the visceral factor for sure, and many people can listen at the same time.

 

I could not live with the sonic warts of the Wilsons day in and day out.  But I do live with Stax.  

 

No knock on Wilsons.  Think of a big American muscle car vs. lithe Porsche.  I like the curvey mountain roads and balance.  Same in my music: purity wins out.   

post #97 of 109

There have been 2 times in my hobby in audio that have left me completely speechless and dumbstruck. The first was when I heard a Wilson setup with about $50k in upfront gear and $20k in cabling. I can still close my eyes today and remember the waves of excitement as the sound hit my ear drums. That said, the second time was when I heard my SR-009 rig for the first time (and every subsequent time). 

 

With 2 young kids, my 2.0 stereo setup will have to wait, but man o man, I really don't mind with the SR-009s on my head. smile.gif

post #98 of 109
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There have been 2 times in my hobby in audio that have left me completely speechless and dumbstruck. The first was when I heard a Wilson setup with about $50k in upfront gear and $20k in cabling. I can still close my eyes today and remember the waves of excitement as the sound hit my ear drums. That said, the second time was when I heard my SR-009 rig for the first time (and every subsequent time). 

 

With 2 young kids, my 2.0 stereo setup will have to wait, but man o man, I really don't mind with the SR-009s on my head. smile.gif

Could you tell us what  headphone Amp you were suing with the SR009 ?

 

thanks

post #99 of 109
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Could you tell us what  headphone Amp you were suing with the SR009 ?

 

thanks

First time was my (now sold) SRM727II. And things improved in every way with my HeadAmp KGSS. 

post #100 of 109
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First time was my (now sold) SRM727II. And things improved in every way with my HeadAmp KGSS. 

Very interesting, but... why Headhamp don't show anymore the KGSS on it's web site ?  They advertise now the BlueHawaii SE (BHSE) instead !  Is the KDSS discontinued ? 

 

AHHHH so many choices for the SR009 !  KDSS, BHSE, Woo WES, Eddy Current Electra, .....   which one !??

post #101 of 109

Tonally speaking, the SR-009/BHSE sounds close to my Wilson Watt 3/Puppy 2's. Sometimes I listen to both at the same time (just to compare).


Edited by Golfnutz - 7/17/13 at 1:32pm
post #102 of 109

Stax sound like a fantastic alternative to high-end speakers until you realise that the waiting time for a BHSE is ~12 months. 

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/listening-stax-sr-900-and-great-headphone-amplifiers-headamp-blue-hawaii

 

It's a tribute to Justin's design skills and  incredible workmanship, but 12 months ?  blink.gif 

post #103 of 109
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Stax sound like a fantastic alternative to high-end speakers until you realise that the waiting time for a BHSE is ~12 months. 

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/listening-stax-sr-900-and-great-headphone-amplifiers-headamp-blue-hawaii

 

It's a tribute to Justin's design skills and  incredible workmanship, but 12 months ?  blink.gif 

If I had to choose between my Wilson Audio system vs. SR-009/BHSE, unequivocally it would be the SR-009/BHSE (but not without the EL34PH tubes). I'd say 12 months is well worth the wait. YMMV.

post #104 of 109
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

Very interesting, but... why Headhamp don't show anymore the KGSS on it's web site ?  They advertise now the BlueHawaii SE (BHSE) instead !  Is the KDSS discontinued ? 

 

AHHHH so many choices for the SR009 !  KDSS, BHSE, Woo WES, Eddy Current Electra, .....   which one !??

Justin no longer makes it, but if you PM him, he might have one or two lying around?

post #105 of 109
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

Stax sound like a fantastic alternative to high-end speakers until you realise that the waiting time for a BHSE is ~12 months. 

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/listening-stax-sr-900-and-great-headphone-amplifiers-headamp-blue-hawaii

 

It's a tribute to Justin's design skills and  incredible workmanship, but 12 months ?  blink.gif 

I read several time that the BHSE match very well with the SR007, but not so well with the SR009 because it emphasie the SR009 bright side.  Is it true ?  What then is the best alternative amp for the SR009 ? 

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