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post #931 of 5066

If reality and microscopic detail is what you are looking for, the SR009 is your ticket, but be prepared to tune your food chain that feeds it to get it right (for me, that means not shrill/fatiguing).

009s are the polar opposite of plug & play.

post #932 of 5066

I agree with most you've said in describing the SR009s. However, in terms of driving them my impression is quite the opposite: I never found any difficulty whatsoever driving the SR-009 starting from down low to the KGSSHV. They are easy to drive Stax, especially compared to the SR-007s. As long as the system is decently balanced, the SR-009s are an walk in the park to drive. They will be impressively transparent and rewarding even with relatively inexpensive amps. Even a low power class A speaker amp + a Woo Wee will put them a league above dynamics* straight off.

 

And by the way, if one has a bright system any decent transparent headphones will respond accordingly, starting with the LCD-3s. The SR-007s despite their somewhat tamed character will respond very quickly to brightness. If you look at the frequency graphs, perhaps sometimes quicker than the SR-009s.

 

(*Abyss excluded) 


Edited by negura - 3/3/14 at 3:53pm
post #933 of 5066

Thanks negura for your comments. 

Just to clarify, it's not that the SR009s need lots of power, as they are quite efficient, it's just the quality of amplification and source that are important, and I reckon that some warmth upstream serves them best.

(This is probably too tangential for the Abyss thread here, so I'll let this be at this point.)

I will just point out that the Abyss is a very refined planar magnetic, but not a hyper detail monster (and I do not mean this in any negative sense).

post #934 of 5066
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Originally Posted by Hun7er View Post
 

So maybe I will prefer the SR099 because I like when the music realist and maybe the jecklin float is the ultimate headphone because I hear that it's a SR009 with fuller tone and more extended soundstage.

 

SR-099! Wow... Is this the future successor of the famous SR-009 Stax headphones? ;)

 

For my part, where I find the most extraordinary the 009 with a good amplifier(*) (ie :neutral, not colorful, well dynamic and transparent, while remaining expressive, subtle and fine (for me the RKV in direct mode)) is in the extreme clarity and nuance of voices where the slightest inflection and detail is noticeable as if there was no distance between the source and the listener. Each voice is immediately identifiable in its slightest nuance, even when 5 to 6 voices, close in tone, are mixed.

 

 

(*) Edit : good amplifiers (for me) for the 009,  more demanding in quality of amplification than we think, are : BHSE (with the Psvane EL34PH tubes), KGBH, RKV (in direct mode OTL with Siemens tubes), Electra, and to a lesser extent, SRM 727 and SRM 007t2.


Edited by eric65 - 3/4/14 at 3:58am
post #935 of 5066

DAMN. Heard these today. DAMNNNNNNN
Proper rig + proper audiophile
That bass, that soundstage, that everything.

Have not heard the SR-009 though

post #936 of 5066
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post
 

DAMN. Heard these today. DAMNNNNNNN
Proper rig + proper audiophile
That bass, that soundstage, that everything.

Have not heard the SR-009 though

 

It is good (for an ortho), certainly, but are you ready to make the financial sacrifices necessary to buy it to replace your HE-500 ?


To be "wow" too, listen also the SR-009 on a very good platform and you will tell us news.
 

post #937 of 5066
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Originally Posted by eric65 View Post
 

 

It is good (for an ortho), certainly, but are you ready to make the financial sacrifices necessary to buy it to replace your HE-500 ?


To be "wow" too, listen also the SR-009 on a very good platform and you will tell us news.
 

Hell naw bro

$5000 for the headphones + at least $2000 on the amp + god knows on a DAC

Hell nawwww, I'm no Bill Gates

post #938 of 5066

I'm not Bill Gates, too, but really, I do not regret my investment :)

post #939 of 5066
The Best Amp at Mook Headphone Festival

Source : IPad Air 128 Gb
Amp : Mass Kobo 394

Headphone : Bayerdynamic T1 balance
Abyss 1266

Sound quality : The best sound quality i ever heard pair With Abyss 1266, direct Ipad Air
SQ so incredible , very detail , wide soundstage , very Good bass impact
So Far is The biggest POWER headphone Amp i Ever heard
This is true higih End sound quality . I can imagine if My source CD Player
Plus DAC , This amp can take Me to eargasm

If you like The sound quality from Chord Hugo , for sure you Will Love This Amp Mass Ko Bo 394
If i am not thinking My wife Will Be angry , i Wish to buy This Amps for My Abyss
Cost at The Show about 5K USD

IMO

Mass Kobo 394 + Bayerdynamic T1



post #940 of 5066

Thanks Rudi, your picture reminded me of a photo I took at the Mass Kobo booth in the Fujiya Winter Portaken Event in Feb '14 with the Abyss :-

 

 

What I couldn't tell was how this amp compared to the LAu which I heard last year. I enjoyed this combination too.
post #941 of 5066
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Thanks Rudi, your picture reminded me of a photo I took at the Mass Kobo booth in the Fujiya Winter Portaken Event in Feb '14 with the Abyss :-




What I couldn't tell was how this amp compared to the LAu which I heard last year. I enjoyed this combination too.

I like Mass Ko Bo 394 ver much , I try to speak with Mr Masuda San to sell his demo unit to me , but he don't want to sell the demo unit , because he promise someone in Japan for demoing his Mass Ko Bo 394 , than was not my luck.biggrin.gif

I haven't heard LAu , many friends said LAu sound quality very good too , I don't know LAu. Sound character warm or bright ?
post #942 of 5066


Range of adjustment of the width of the JPS Abyss headphone head and human data (variability of the measurements of the width of the human head in adults)

 

Range of adjustment of the width of the JPS Abyss (rigid headphone) headphone head: 2 cm

Variability of the measurements of the width of the human head in adults: 7 cm (12, 5-19, 5 cm)

(http://www.ifth.org/innovation-textile/upload/Image/IFTH_DossierdePresse_Mensurations_Adultes.pdf: page 24)

 

Conclusion: better to not have a big head (or small) for wear the Abyss!

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/560425/stax-sr-009-best-headphone-ever-made-head-fi-tv-episode-008/285#post_10341860

post #943 of 5066
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post


I like Mass Ko Bo 394 ver much , I try to speak with Mr Masuda San to sell his demo unit to me , but he don't want to sell the demo unit , because he promise someone in Japan for demoing his Mass Ko Bo 394 , than was not my luck.biggrin.gif

I haven't heard LAu , many friends said LAu sound quality very good too , I don't know LAu. Sound character warm or bright ?

 

Sadly I can't say 'cos it was a 4 months apart when I heard the Abyss with the LAu and 394. And each time it was only for about 5-10 mins with difference source each time. That's why I'd wish I'd be able to listen to both side-by-side. The 394 is actually a practical size for homes with limited space.

post #944 of 5066
Has anyone compared the Abyss with a powerfully amped HE6?
post #945 of 5066

Yes 

 

I feel that the Abyss offers an insight into detail and tone that no other planar does ( for me ) and that includes stats. As a reference, the original Omega has been the best stat I have heard. 

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