I was involved with a chain of 3 high end stores in Ontario Canada that carried the complete Stax lineup. One of the few dealers selling Stax at that time in the late 70's. Being in the audio business, I ended up being friends with Mr. Harold Morishi*a and his wife Ruby and had dinner in his apartment in Toronto a couple of times. Morishi*a, a diminutive little man in size but with a big heart and a 6th degree black belt in Karate with the gentlest of demeanor, was responsible for introducing the Stax product line in North America and was the sole distributor for the product line in Canada (and for USA on and off through the years till his death a few years ago.)
Missing from the line up are the Stax Class A amps in the factory tour pic of Stax products. That confirms the rumour, as per Harold, that maybe they were not original Stax products but were sourced in an OEM/Marketing arrangement for distribution through Stax channels in N. America. I did own a
Stax DA-300 Class A amp for a year or two. I also currently own Stax speakers cable (courtesy of Harold) that were never marketed in N America, probably the only pair of its kind. These cables also seem to missing in the pic of the Stax lineup. So maybe another outsourced product by Stax.
Edited by gurus - 2/9/13 at 9:37pm