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Wow things broke down for me for a couple days, was put in a position where I was possibly looking at losing all of my furniture and put all of my electronics away to protect them. Scary, is all I can say about that! Happy to report that in the end, my beloved HE-400 were not put up for sale and I am now enjoying the Stax SR-407 on demo from Justin at Headamp and unlike the LCD-2, I can definitely see myself going to Stax for my upgrade. I didn't want upgradeitis again but I willingly submitted myself to the disease when I signed up for the demo. I actually preferred the sound signature of the HE-400 to the LCD-2 (while recognizing that the LCD-2 are technically superior) but even this 407, which is like the bottom of the current lineup is just so refined with everything I throw at it.

Woa dude, HE400 is like the entry headphone for the higher end headphones it seems. 

I have to say, I am intrigued by that stax headphone, is correct that it costs only 580 usd? What kind of amp does one need to drive it?

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Woa dude, HE400 is like the entry headphone for the higher end headphones it seems. 

I have to say, I am intrigued by that stax headphone, is correct that it costs only 580 usd? What kind of amp does one need to drive it?

 

An electrostatic headphone amp.  The Stax SRM-252S that was part of the demo setup costs $500, but i would recommend at least a SRM-323S which is $995

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

 

An electrostatic headphone amp.  The Stax SRM-252S that was part of the demo setup costs $500, but i would recommend at least a SRM-323S which is $995

Thanks for the reply! That amp really seems to bring up the price. As a student I promised myself never to spend more on the amp than on the headphone itself. But I am intrigued.

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Thanks for the reply! That amp really seems to bring up the price. As a student I promised myself never to spend more on the amp than on the headphone itself. But I am intrigued.

 

The SRM-252S won't do well with the harder to drive Stax headphones.  The SRM-323S, though it is twice as expensive, will work well with any Stax headphone.  So if you upgrade the headphone later, you'll be glad you already have a good amp.

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Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

The HE-400 looks 10X better than the Stax SR-407, those are some of the worst looking HP's I've ever seen and I'm not one that cares how a HP looks 99.99% of the time but those are the ones that I just couldn't wear though I'm sure they sound great.

and you've chosen stax as the .01%. how odd, i'm sure you haven't listened to the 407s.

 

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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Wow things broke down for me for a couple days, was put in a position where I was possibly looking at losing all of my furniture and put all of my electronics away to protect them. Scary, is all I can say about that! Happy to report that in the end, my beloved HE-400 were not put up for sale and I am now enjoying the Stax SR-407 on demo from Justin at Headamp and unlike the LCD-2, I can definitely see myself going to Stax for my upgrade. I didn't want upgradeitis again but I willingly submitted myself to the disease when I signed up for the demo. I actually preferred the sound signature of the HE-400 to the LCD-2 (while recognizing that the LCD-2 are technically superior) but even this 407, which is like the bottom of the current lineup is just so refined with everything I throw at it.

the 407 is bottom of the Stax line that Justin carries, the 207 has that distinction from the current line up. This doesn't count the used models, depending on which Stax, they really hold the value in sound quality and resale; that is, when owners are willing to part with them.

I'm very glad to see you've dodged the bullet my friend!


Edited by ri_toast - 3/21/13 at 3:06am
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Originally Posted by ri_toast View Post

and you've chosen stax as the .01%. how odd, i'm sure you haven't listened to the 407s.

 

 

No I haven't listen to them and like I said I'm sure they sound great and I was really kinda just messing around.  I'd wear them because it would be at home where no one can see me ;)  Its not like the Hifiman HE's are the best looking HP though there's something about them and I think they look pretty cool, sorta industrial looking.

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 most headphones = star wars princess leia in appearance don't they? <grin>

i'm old so i dont care what anything looks like....jk i do but not that much.

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

 

The SRM-252S won't do well with the harder to drive Stax headphones.  The SRM-323S, though it is twice as expensive, will work well with any Stax headphone.  So if you upgrade the headphone later, you'll be glad you already have a good amp.

You almost make it sound like a good investment! But I understand, when getting in the realm of electrostatic headphones, this actually Is a good investment. It's probably going to take a while before I can actually comit to something like this.

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

 

The SRM-252S won't do well with the harder to drive Stax headphones.  The SRM-323S, though it is twice as expensive, will work well with any Stax headphone.  So if you upgrade the headphone later, you'll be glad you already have a good amp.

 

Justin, I always wondered. Can Electrostatic amps drive orthodynamics well or they're made to drive electrostatics headphones only?

 

Your Blue Hawaii looks very sexy. I've been in love with it for a while now, but I'm afraid my future upgrade won't be an electrostatic, hence the question.

 

By the way, is it just my impression or has GSX price dropped to less than half? If I'm right... wow. It has surely become one of the best value in the market today. Got tempted to get one in the near future...


Edited by Okamoto - 3/21/13 at 4:10am
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^^ good question, wondering that myself too.

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Check out the Matrix m stage amp. There's a great thread on here for some info. I just bought one with my He-400 and I like the way it performs.
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Ughhh I want mine so bad. According to moon audio there's been delay since chinese new year across the board, so no definite ship date...........

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Greetings all,

 

I've come to predict that Armageddon will soon be among us.  So, how do I know this?  Well, Mad Lust Envy has placed his new Audeze LCD-2 headphones with the vegan pads up for trade in the F/S section.  He is currently focusing on the Denon D7000 for a trade.

 

You heard it here first, the sky is about to fall ... soon.

 

 

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Lol, I ACTUALLY have another deal in effect in which I MIGHT acquire those LCD2s I first demoed, along with a foam headband. That headphone is the one I truly want... unless the D7000 magically appears before I get an answer from Justin via pm.

That LCD2 had a signature I'm TRULY missing. It's technically inferior to my vegan LCD2, and it's been passed around like a cheap hooker, but I don't care. I want that one.

If I get it, call my dreams on Head-fi fulfilled. I'll eventually score an HE-500 as an alternative though. LCD2 + velour HE-500 = I'm pretty much done. Unless jerg wants to be super awesome and do some jergpads for me. biggrin.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/21/13 at 11:05am
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Lol, I ACTUALLY have another deal in effect in which I MIGHT acquire those LCD2s I first demoed, along with a foam headband. That headphone is the one I truly want... unless the D7000 magically appears before I get an answer from Justin via pm.

That LCD2 had a signature I'm TRULY missing. It's technically inferior to my vegan LCD2, and it's been passed around like a cheap hooker, but I don't care. I want that one.

If I get it, call my dreams on Head-fi fulfilled. I'll eventually score an HE-500 as an alternative though. LCD2 + velour HE-500 = I'm pretty much done. Unless jerg wants to be super awesome and do some jergpads for me. biggrin.gif

MLE, what is so different about that one?

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