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post #1021 of 1297

Does anyone here have experience with the Realistic HP-100?

It looks like I might have found a set locally and the guy may be willing to sell cheap because he said the amp's broken.

post #1022 of 1297

I've had a few, they are the same as some of the Magnavox and Marantz SE-1S clones based off the Stax SR-3N according to the few sources I've read. Nothing special about them but don't pay more then $20 for them. Housing needs some proper dampening or tuning as the sound is quite hollow. 

post #1023 of 1297

Hmm okay, thanks for the info. I'll see if he is willing to sell them reeealy cheap and go from there. :)

post #1024 of 1297

So, all of my used Stax gear just came in today. Here's my first impressions and sort of a "mini review" with a comparison of the Stax combo (SRM-313 + SR-202) vs my HD600.

  • Lows: Quality>Quantity. The SR-202s have fast and extended bass, they go all the way down to 20Hz, whereas the HD600 rolls off at a 40Hz. The only problem with bass is it lacks perceived impact, because in comparison with a lot of headphones (including the HD600) they lack a mid bass hump. Sometimes I feel the HD600 is bassier, because of its more potent mid bass. Sometimes I feel the SR-202s are bassier, because their sub bass has more of a kick. However, overall I think the SR-202s win.

  • Mids: The mids of the SR-202s are thinner and less thick vs the HD600. Guitars and vocals sound rich and full (almost too much so) on the HD600, sort of causing a "wall of sound" effect. What I mean by this is that the HD600s sort of smear the instruments and make everything sound congested. On the SR-202s they separate everything better and instruments have their own personal space.

  • Highs: The 202s have nice treble, but it's slightly emphasized. There is a bit more sibilance and they're brighter than the HD600. However, they aren't fatiguing and I can handle the extra treble (and this is coming from someone who hates bright treble).

Overall I like the SR-202 quite a bit and will be doing a full comparison with my similarly priced dynamic setup, (the HD600 and Lyr) in a couple of weeks.


Edited by JustinBieber - 3/6/14 at 7:19pm
post #1025 of 1297
Sounds good!
post #1026 of 1297

How much did you spend on the lot?

post #1027 of 1297
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Originally Posted by JustinBieber View Post
 

So, all of my used Stax gear just came in today. Here's my first impressions and sort of a "mini review" with a comparison of the Stax combo (SRM-313 + SR-202) vs my HD600.

  • Lows: Quality>Quantity. The SR-202s have fast and extended bass, they go all the way down to 20Hz, whereas the HD600 rolls off at a 40Hz. The only problem with bass is it lacks perceived impact, because in comparison with a lot of headphones (including the HD600) they lack a mid bass hump. Sometimes I feel the HD600 is bassier, because of its more potent mid bass. Sometimes I feel the SR-202s are bassier, because their sub bass has more of a kick. However, overall I think the SR-202s win.

  • Mids: The mids of the SR-202s are thinner and less thick vs the HD600. Guitars and vocals sound rich and full (almost too much so) on the HD600, sort of causing a "wall of sound" effect. What I mean by this is that the HD600s sort of smear the instruments and make everything sound congested. On the SR-202s they separate everything better and instruments have their own personal space.

  • Highs: The 202s have nice treble, but it's slightly emphasized. There is a bit more sibilance and they're brighter than the HD600. However, they aren't fatiguing and I can handle the extra treble (and this is coming from someone who hates bright treble).

Overall I like the SR-202 quite a bit and will be doing a full comparison with my similarly priced dynamic setup, (the HD600 and Lyr) in a couple of weeks.


Nice summary! Looks like I was right into looking into electrostats. Looking forward to your full comparison.

Also asked in another post but I guess people missed it, but how are the Lambda Novas? Specifically the Lambda Nova Basic, I keep finding them for fairly cheap but I can't find any info on them.

post #1028 of 1297
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Nice summary! Looks like I was right into looking into electrostats. Looking forward to your full comparison.

Also asked in another post but I guess people missed it, but how are the Lambda Novas? Specifically the Lambda Nova Basic, I keep finding them for fairly cheap but I can't find any info on them.

They are good!

 

If you find them for cheap less then $250 or so for the earspeakers buy em because they are EOL vintage and don't pop up very often at all.

post #1029 of 1297
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Originally Posted by Elsie View Post


Nice summary! Looks like I was right into looking into electrostats. Looking forward to your full comparison.


Also asked in another post but I guess people missed it, but how are the Lambda Novas? Specifically the Lambda Nova Basic, I keep finding them for fairly cheap but I can't find any info on them.

Personally, dollar for dollar, I prefer an entry level Stax system (SRS-2170) over an equivalently priced dynamic headphone and amp combo!
Edited by Chris J - 3/7/14 at 2:19pm
post #1030 of 1297
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Personally, dollar for dollar, I prefer an entry level Stax system (SRS-2170) over an equivalently priced dynamic headphone and amp combo!

Easy to agree.

Stax sonic "mistakes" are smaller, so they're my reference for everything else I've had in house.
post #1031 of 1297

I've maintained for a while now that people with speaker amps will probably get the most bang for their buck out of the usual $250-350 vintage Stax Lambda + SRD-6 or SRD-7/SB listings.

 

Even if you don't have a speaker amp, integrated receivers/AVRs tend to be pretty affordable these days. They're incredibly bulky for a computer desk, but affordable nonetheless.

post #1032 of 1297
the tiny t amps make an excellent small footprint solution here.
post #1033 of 1297
My experience with ss or tube pre/power speaker amp combos driving Stax is a very stark, clean presentation. Compared to a real Stax amp however, realistic timbre, texture, and space are significantly lacking. I would guess an AVR to be worse yet. Used or entry level Stax amps are a worthwhile investment.
post #1034 of 1297

Just ripped out my Gamma Pro's which haven't been used in a long while. Sounds good.

post #1035 of 1297



How'd I do? Should come out to about $270 USD or so with shipping. I'll also need one of those power stepper things since it needs to go 100v -> 110v, any recommendations for around $30?


Edited by Elsie - 3/9/14 at 7:07am
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