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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by kevin gilmore View Post

Absolutely.
One or more of every electrostatic amp works for me.

 

I guess that's why I bought yet another SRM-300 amp.  It's unique in so many ways so I just have to have one...  smily_headphones1.gif

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


I have the Mk1s and 4070s and I like the SRM-717 with them although I think it's a little too edgy and dry. That's the reason I ordered a GES.

I have the O2 MK1 and Stax SRM-717 as well as the 323S.  To my ears, the 717 is an extremely smooth and liquid sounding amplifier pairing with the OII and I would not described as edgy and dry.  If anything I wish it can use a little more treble extension.  Could this be your source?  I feed the 717 with my Exemplar 5910 and W4S DAC2.

post #18 of 25

W4S DAC2 is a weak link.

post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by jaycalgary View Post

W4S DAC2 is a weak link.

 

You might want to re-read the posts.  I don't have any problem with my system and I'm pleased with my W4S DAC + SRM-717 & OII MKI pairing.  Magick Man described his system is a bit dried sounding so I suggested that the 717 is smooth and liquid and not dried sounding.  I think the W4S DAC is rather good for its retailed price and deserving of its awards.  If I want better performance, I can always hook up my Stax system to my wonderful sounding Exemplar 5910.

post #20 of 25

It's just my opinion at the moment. I was using was also using the W4S Dac2 + SRM-717 & OII MKI up till a couple days ago and know I know how much I was missing.

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by jaycalgary View Post

It's just my opinion at the moment. I was using was also using the W4S Dac2 + SRM-717 & OII MKI up till a couple days ago and know I know how much I was missing.

 

I guess you meant " ..and now know ... ".may I ask what made you realize and what was it that you were missing ?  wink.gif

 

TIA

post #22 of 25

There is very little depth or sound stage with the W4S so it comes off very forward. I am upset now because now I know it was the main reason I was thinking I had balance issues and problems with headphones and the treble is not always the nicest either. It was my first experience with a fairly expensive Dac and often I wondered if it did much better than what you would get off a soundcard. Now I have a decent Dac and can at least tell there is something to them that improves the sound especially with a SRM-717 & OII MKI setup that is already a bit short on soundstage.

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by jaycalgary View Post

There is very little depth or sound stage with the W4S so it comes off very forward. I am upset now because now I know it was the main reason I was thinking I had balance issues and problems with headphones and the treble is not always the nicest either. It was my first experience with a fairly expensive Dac and often I wondered if it did much better than what you would get off a soundcard. Now I have a decent Dac and can at least tell there is something to them that improves the sound especially with a SRM-717 & OII MKI setup that is already a bit short on soundstage.

Would you mind disclose which DAC that displaces your W4S?  I'm really curious.  FYI, I bought mine used for around 1.1K so I don't have much to complain here given that I have yet to find better DAC at this price point.  I'm still a bit of a newbie in stand alone DAC though.

post #24 of 25

Glad to know you got that sorted out. I had an SRM-323S before w/c was good enough with the 007, but can't say the same for the 009. I originally thought that the Bifrost was the cause for the edginess in the 009's sound . Having heard the 009's with different amps - SRM-007t and LL has extended the Bifrost's stay in my system. Perhaps not the DAC ,but its something I can with live for now . 


Edited by rubenpp - 9/22/12 at 11:45pm
post #25 of 25

I replaced the W4S with a Nad M51 a few days ago and I find the difference substantial and immediatly noticeable. The W4S was my first dac and before that started with sound cards so I am no expert. I sold the W4S a couple days ago for $1k shipped. Now I have much more bass, sound stage with depth front and back  and lots of air in between. The Nad is far more detailed and smooth in comparison. I should be happy that I finally get to enjoy my system but today I feel I lost a year with the W4S and thought I had problems with some of my headphones because of it. These are just my opinions.

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