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Romy, has your Stax SRS-002 arrived yet? I'm really curious as to how it would sound, and how it competes against other portable headphone setups in its price range.

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Romy, has your Stax SRS-002 arrived yet? I'm really curious as to how it would sound, and how it competes against other portable headphone setups in its price range.

 

 

I like the SR-002. It's sort of the portable version of the SR-009, whereas the S-001/SR-003 is the portable version of the SR-007. It scales up quite a bit on a larger amp.

 

The SRM-002 portable amp is a bit disappointing however. It makes the SR-002 sound a little misty and confused, maybe due to the transistors? The use of standard AAs instead of a battery cell adds weight and hinders the sound further most likely. Also my unit has a weird problem: when I switch it to economy mode, there's a squealing / screeching noise in both the amp and the earphones. I e-mailed Justin about it, and he said he'd look into it, but I never heard back. Seems no other owners have reported this (I seem to be unlucky recently with new gear?). I'll probably have to send it to the dreaded Yama Enterprises for domestic warranty repair, which sucks.

 

So yeah... SR-002 good. SRM-002 not so good.

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I like the SR-002. It's sort of the portable version of the SR-009, whereas the S-001/SR-003 is the portable version of the SR-007. It scales up quite a bit on a larger amp.

 

The SRM-002 portable amp is a bit disappointing however. It makes the SR-002 sound a little misty and confused, maybe due to the transistors? The use of standard AAs instead of a battery cell adds weight and hinders the sound further most likely. Also my unit has a weird problem: when I switch it to economy mode, there's a squealing / screeching noise in both the amp and the earphones. I e-mailed Justin about it, and he said he'd look into it, but I never heard back. Seems no other owners have reported this (I seem to be unlucky recently with new gear?). I'll probably have to send it to the dreaded Yama Enterprises for domestic warranty repair, which sucks.

 

So yeah... SR-002 good. SRM-002 not so good.

 

Hmm... maybe I should reconsider my options. Thanks for your feedback.

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In other news, QUAD Musik is sending my Float QA headphones back without doing anything to them, as they apparently heard no problems whatsoever. There is a suspicion that it may be the transformer. They said something vague like "we discovered a few isolated cases where the transformer had issues when...." and they described a case that didn't apply to me. However they're sending a new transformer, so the idea is I'll try both and keep the one that works, presumably the new one with the upgraded parts.

 

Only I'm afraid of the Floats still having the same issue on both transformers. If that's the case, I'm going to be mad. I'm honestly a little surprised they didn't find any issues with the headphones, especially when I was hearing about other cases of the right driver cutting out (the same side I was having issues with too). Apparently another head-fier had his right driver die. Also someone mentioned similar issues being reported on German forums. So I'm honestly a little surprised they didn't find something wrong with the headphones.

 

Oh, and of course they asked if my living environment was humid. That's a given. Any time someone can't figure out what the problem is with an electrostatic headphone (or any piece of gear, really) they blame it on humidity or dust. Like I said before: you'd think I lived in some catacombs that had been converted into a Turkish bathhouse. Funny, I've never had any problems with my Stax.

 

I did have a similar issue (one driver cutting out, coming back only sounding distorted) with a pair of Koss ESP/10 electrostatic headphones. Turns out there was a problem there: the cable had a loose connection because the headphones were packaged poorly when they were shipped out to me the first time. Interestingly enough, I was talking to an engineer who had quite a bit of experience with the original Floats, and he said the problems I reported sounded very familiar. He mentioned that the old Floats had an issue with their wiring, an inherent design flaw, that caused the right channel to cut in and out and sound distorted. From what I've heard about the new Floats, a lot of the original engineering was transferred over without any [needed] upgrades. So many of the old quirks likely remain.

 

As I said before sending these off, I was worried they wouldn't be able to find a problem. If they found a problem, that would at least mean they were one step closer to fixing it. I just find it a little odd that they act like they've never encountered what I report before, asking me lots of questions to narrow down what I could possibly mean (I honestly don't know how to make it any clearer). What about those other cases of the right driver failing? They don't see a pattern? They couldn't hear any problems with my headphones, so fair enough. Yet surely they'd associate my complaints with the problems which they're supposedly encountered before (given that this other head-fier said they replaced his set) rather than act like it was totally unprecedented?

 

Like I said, if I still hear problems on both transformers, I'm going to be very frustrated. At that point I'm going to ask for a new pair of headphones (which I should have done anyway). That will be the last attempt I'll make at resolving this, otherwise I'm going to want my money back.

 

Hopefully this can be resolved, because the Float QA is a brilliant headphone when it works. If it didn't do most of the things I value sonically with such aplomb, then I wouldn't be going through so much annoyance for them.

 

If they end up working as they ought, part of me just wants to get a nice Yamamoto Sound Craft stereo amp and put it alongside my stat amps and declare myself done with full-sized headphones...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got a couple of my Living Dead Dolls figurines in today. Damian and Schizo look right at home amongst my Evil Eddies mini Lego Decepticon and 4 Squinkies

 

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Now if only Eggzercist and Jingles would hurry up and arrive I'd be one happy camper

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In other news according to the latest tracking my CLAS left a Minnesota sort facility this afternoon. I'm guessing my new DAC should be in my hands in the next day or two.


On the Heir Audio front I still haven't heard a thing concerning my 4A. I like to preach to others that patience is a virtue but I'm finding myself fast running out of Zen. I just want my 4A's alreadytriportsad.gif


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A poorly driven HD800 to me sounds flat and lifeless. Like cardboard.

 

Also in some cases the extremities aren't properly controlled: lows lack impact and sound anemic, highs are too edgy. Some people pair it with a really woolly tube amp to try to compensate, and while this can counteract (read: muffle) the highs somewhat, ultimate I feel this solution isn't satisfactory for me personally.

 

Trying to think of the best way to articulate my thoughts on the matter...

 

For me, the ideal match for the HD800 is a powerful and more transparent amp. That may seem counter-intuitive to some, but I look at it this way: the ideal amp for the HD800 is one that helps it realize its potential by providing the right conditions and then not interfering too much once it gets there. That's why I prefer to think of amps as working with a transducer like the HD800 rather than outright controlling it, though there is something to the idea of an amp's being able to exert power. What it does with that power however is key. Amps with very distinct colorations (yes, I think amps sound different from one another---sometimes markedly so) can be hit or miss, though synergy isn't just about matching flavors. I'm increasingly convinced that a lot of synergy has to do with how much the components in question fight one another. Balance is good, but if the transducer has to be steamrollered over to achieve it, the results are generally not good to my ears. Alternatively an amp that can't provide the right conditions for a transducer, one that is too restrained, isn't effective either.

 

I think the Mjolnir goes down this route with the HD800 without spending megabucks. I don't know if it would meet the lofty standards of someone familiar with ToTL gear, but the Mjolnir never gave me the sense it was the bottleneck in my HD800 rig.

 

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I thought the HD 800 worked great through the Violectric HPA100. It's a good, clear, resolving amp but no real powerhouse by current standards (It's also versatile: I've used it happily for everything from IEMs through the HE-6). It might be a good option if you haven't got the budget for a tube amp that complements the HD 800 adequately.

Yeah I dont quite have balancing act sort of money to spend, and while I like tubes I am pretty sensitive to distortion and would want to keep the microdynamic prowess of the hd800. Apparently mjolnir is meant to be a good pairing, and that is very affordable, just sounded a bit forward and edgy when I tested a brand new unit with my he6. I could also ditch my dac and slowly shuffle away from the AudioGD gear as I dont trust their digital designs.

 

The Mjolnir is certainly a forward and energetic amp. However, the etch and edginess some have experienced are not inherent characteristics. These things have flowed downstream and the Mjolnir does nothing to gloss them over. This was confirmed when I moved the Gungnir on for the M51.

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I remember reading a post about the note 2 having a line out. How does that work?
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Really harsh.  Weird imaging*.  "No bass." "I like my Beyer T1's way more."

 

* Maybe I should elaborate on this: Due to the driver placement (I assume) the HD800's don't have the most cohesive imaging I've ever heard, but it's quite good with a nice setup.  With a bad setup mine sounded large but very thin and there was a lot of unused space.

 

I really like :thumb: this description!

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The Mjolnir is certainly a forward and energetic amp. However, the etch and edginess some have experienced are not inherent characteristics. These things have flowed downstream and the Mjolnir does nothing to gloss them over. This was confirmed when I moved the Gungnir on for the M51.

Makes you wonder how good the statement gear will be. I found the Mjolnir very transparent, and to be honest I was using foobar direct sound which is a pretty edgy sounding player setup and not one I use at home. Makes you wonder how good the statement gear will be. Hd800 is very transparent indeed, it can sound thin or full bodied, in my system it sounds rather full bodied and no more bright than the he6.

Seems a lot of dacs and transports these days are using femto clocks which are thpically a couple of order of magnitude lower in phase noise than clocks typically in use now. Makes me wonder if this will be the norm in a couple of years.

On an unrelated note my system is getting chronic dropouts today, I'm still trying to troubleshoot the cause. So irritating I just want to relax and take in some music.
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Have you heard the M51 drez? Excellent match for the HD800 and hard to go past for $1449AUD.

 

I miss the HD800 already. My end game rig would be M51 > GS-X v.2 > HD800. Maybe by year's end.

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No I haven't heard yet, I can probably get one once I sell my ref 7.1. Only one low ball so far, the dec has a pretty good rep in Australia it seems, so I'm guessing its a matter of time. I think I'm too honest a person, I talked someone out of buying the ref already. He had a sabre dac and didn't want to go backwards on agility and detail. The aussie rrp is awesome, pretty much the opposite of what we typically have to contend with huh.

I think my ap2 is on the blink, if I leave my computer on for a couple of hours the ap2 will freeze up, I have updated firmware and tried diff drivers. Ahh well hopefully it's still got warranty : (

I've got my eye set on Bel Canto's new usb transport, one person on the internet thinks it's better than ap2/pp but no specific impressions. One of those horrid "its better" comments which should be illegal in any audio forum.
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Do you have the ref 7.1 listed @ SNA? Those guys love Audio-GD.

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Do you have the ref 7.1 listed @ SNA? Those guys love Audio-GD.

Yeah the two inquiries so far have been from that forum : )
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Looks like the Unique Melody Zeus is up for sale again:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640752/um-zeus-10-drivers

 

This thing seems to be changing hands a lot recently, though it looks like it went back to the original owner? Speaking of, I've been talking with another well-known customs manufacturer over the last few months about a bespoke 10-driver CIEM because I'm crazy.

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