I just got my Stax gear (SR-Lambda Pro, SRM 1-MK2, SR-30). I excitedly plugged in the lambdas but to my disappointment there is static on any bass note. It's especially bad in the left ear. The SR-Lambdas are professional but there is no label on the amp. I'm assuming this means it is normal bias. Gut tells me no but is the mismatch with the amp the cause of the static? The SR-30s sound clear. Another concern is that the volume is fairly low I have never had a stax setup but it seemed strange that I had to crank the knob all the way up to get a normal listening volume (on both sets).
Just a little background, I got these fairly cheap but it was a blind CL buy from across the state. I had a buddy of mine visiting so he picked them up for me before trekking here. The seller knew next to nothing about the equipment but seemed reasonable. I think she was selling a family members stuff. If these can't be repaired, I can talk to her about getting a refund for all/some of the equipment.
The pics of the Lambdas were a little misleading. They need new pads--the leather is cracked and the inner foam is about 90% gone. There are some small bumps on the inner grill but nothing really major. Anything I should look for?
I really appreciate the help. All info is greatly appreciated as I need to act fairly quickly.
If pics will help, I can post them. Just let me know what you need to see.