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post #1021 of 1494
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Oh wow, those are in beautiful condition. How much of it is replaced? I'm assuming the earpads at least are.

Not sure, both the headband and earpads look fairly worn through use. 

post #1022 of 1494

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 #1023 of 1494

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 #1024 of 1494

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

post #1025 of 1494

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 #1026 of 1494
Sounds good!
post #1027 of 1494

How much did you spend on the lot?

post #1028 of 1494
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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 #1029 of 1494
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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 #1030 of 1494
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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.

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 #1031 of 1494
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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 #1032 of 1494

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 #1033 of 1494
the tiny t amps make an excellent small footprint solution here.
post #1034 of 1494
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 #1035 of 1494

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

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