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post #1201 of 1306
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Originally Posted by torta View Post

Hi,
I need advice on pricing for STAX SRM 006-T amp with SR - 404 headphones. I think the 404 is lesser version, but both mint. Asking price is 700 euro (cca 930 $) for combo. I would be grateful for short impression if someone has experience with this setup.

I have basically the same combo, but with the slightly updated 006ts. It's very capable but leans towards brightness, so be careful what you feed it with. Ideally you'd want a smooth sounding digital source (assuming that you're not using analogue... ) as any harshness will probably sound unpleasant through the Stax system, which is revealing and won't sweeten the sound.
post #1202 of 1306

My first post, but I'm not a new audiophile.

 

Posting to say I appreciate this thread and that I'm expecting an SR-307 and SRM-323S tomorrow.

(Are we allowed to mention vendors here? I'm in USA, placed an order with an Indiana company which claimed "in-stock" yesterday, got FedEx tracking number today.)

 

I've had a pair of SR-5 / SRD-6 since the early 1980's when I bought them used from original owner / friend.

 

Sadly, I never really used them much due to the discomfort. (**Great** sound, but like hammering on your toe - it feels so good when you stop / take them off.)

 

I've been primarily using HD-650 for the last few years - *excellent* comfort and damn good sound. I'm convinced that these Stax will have better sound, to my preference, than the 650's. Just a kilo-buck bet that the comfort of this new Stax generation will be acceptable.

post #1203 of 1306

Apologies, I left out relevant information.

 

I'm driving both of those headphones with a Denon 5700.

 

And I'm pretty sure the SR-5's sound better with this than they did on the Yamaha R100 twenty-five years ago.

 

Every link in the chain counts.

post #1204 of 1306

Your ears are a bit sticking-out, and you have the marks of the inner plastic grid on your earlobes after a listening session ? Know that feel, bro :D 

Maybe also a bit too big and SR-5 is rather on-ear than over-ear to you ?

Anyway, this "new Stax generation" is not that new : 1979 for the first Lambda ;)

 

Ali

post #1205 of 1306

Would I be correct in assuming that the 2170 combo unit would be the darkest and have the most mid bass quantity out of all the current Lambda's or am I mistaken? 

 

I'm considering trying out the Stax sound but at a lower price point - I already have a person who would buy them off me if it didn't work out.

post #1206 of 1306
"Dark" and "mid-bass" aren't the words that come to mind when Stax is about (except SR-007).
All Lambda share amazing clarity. Extension, behaviour in the midrange and detail retrieval are the main differences.
Generally speaking, the older the more midrange / the less extension and details, with some exceptions (bright-ish Lambda Signature)...the older the better, for some Stax addicts.
Current x07 range are technically the most advanced Lambda (extension, details), but some may find them too cold, unnatural in detail retrieval and with kind of glaring issues. Through this point of view, SR-207 is indeed the better choice.
But no mistakes : a bright / glaring Stax is still far more mellower than a not-so-well driven HD800, you'll never have any harshness or fatigue.

Ali
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by LazyOtto View Post

My first post, but I'm not a new audiophile.

Posting to say I appreciate this thread and that I'm expecting an SR-307 and SRM-323S tomorrow.
(Are we allowed to mention vendors here? I'm in USA, placed an order with an Indiana company which claimed "in-stock" yesterday, got FedEx tracking number today.)

I've had a pair of SR-5 / SRD-6 since the early 1980's when I bought them used from original owner / friend.

Sadly, I never really used them much due to the discomfort. (**Great** sound, but like hammering on your toe - it feels so good when you stop / take them off.)

I've been primarily using HD-650 for the last few years - *excellent* comfort and damn good sound. I'm convinced that these Stax will have better sound, to my preference, than the 650's. Just a kilo-buck bet that the comfort of this new Stax generation will be acceptable.

The Stax will be more natural and less mechanical sounding than the Senns.
(In my opinion!)
I find that my Stax SR-207 are fairly comfortable.
The Stax should also have a purer, less distorted midrange and treble.
(Ummm...... In my opinion....)biggrin.gif
I hope you enjoy your Stax system.
post #1208 of 1306

I now have about three hours 'on-ear' with the new toy.

 

I won't be going to the effort of this very helpful (to me) post:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/615975/comparative-review-of-the-sennheiser-hd650-and-the-stax-sr-202

 

But after I have lived with them for a little while I will come back to post a few more details / opinions than this brief response.

 

First, IMO, the HD-650 are no slackers sonically.

 

Second, "fairly comfortable" would have to be the operative description for my impression of the SR-307 "ear speakers". *NOT* as comfortable as the HD-650. I rate the comfort on these Stax as: Acceptable.

 

My current bottom line assessment - the purchase was worth it to me.

 

The HD-650's will now be dedicated to the Theatre room for 'after hours' video viewing rather than doing the commute they had been doing and the SR-307/SRM-323s combo is now permanently in my critical listening location being driven off the pre-out jacks of an AVR-5700 receiver.

 

I am, with my whole three hours of working through 'listening tests' of tracks I am *very* familiar with, totally satisfied that this purchase was a worthwhile upgrade, sonically, from the HD-650s and look forward to years of "hey, I didn't hear *that* before / as well" experiences.

 

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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post


The Stax will be more natural and less mechanical sounding than the Senns.
(In my opinion!)
I find that my Stax SR-207 are fairly comfortable.
The Stax should also have a purer, less distorted midrange and treble.
(Ummm...... In my opinion....)biggrin.gif
I hope you enjoy your Stax system.
post #1209 of 1306
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

...
The Stax should also have a purer, less distorted midrange and treble.
...

BTW, the Stax also have a clear advantage, to me, in the low end.

 

Significantly deeper extension and clearly better definition.

 

And for that comparison I have a pretty good quality sub-woofer in the Theatre room.

 

The Stax can't make my butt vibrate :smile:, but I *can* hear that they go lower than the HD-650s.

post #1210 of 1306
I concur that the SRS-2170 > HD650 for sound quality. There's not really a comparison there.

The comfort on the SR-207 is just okay for me too. It's fine on my head, but once the pads get warm, they can get a bit moist.
post #1211 of 1306

The 307 really benefits some simple EQ. Just say if interested.

 

I think they sound kinda disjointed without EQ, which is obvious compared to the LS.

post #1212 of 1306

Hello, can anyone recommend a case suitable for transporting of the Lambda earspeakers? Am looking for something sturdy but not the heavy suitcases.

post #1213 of 1306
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Originally Posted by pdpark View Post
 

Hello, can anyone recommend a case suitable for transporting of the Lambda earspeakers? Am looking for something sturdy but not the heavy suitcases.

Cases able to carry a pair of DT250 should accomodate a pair of lambdas.

 

Yesterday I dusted off my Lambdas as I dan't listened to them in over 6 months due to they being in the loudspeaker room where I listen mostly to... loudspeakers!

It's insane how you're left wondering how little audio reproduction has evolved in the last 30 years... the speed, clarity and... that midrange. Did a bit of Opeth, Haken and Porcupine Tree... not enough sleep lol

post #1214 of 1306

If I needed to carry anything I use pelican cases.  You can pick out the foam into the shape of your items.  I own 3 of them. 

post #1215 of 1306
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

I concur that the SRS-2170 > HD650 for sound quality. There's not really a comparison there.

The comfort on the SR-207 is just okay for me too. It's fine on my head, but once the pads get warm, they can get a bit moist.

I'm not a big fan of the feeling of the Senn HD650 on my head, I tried a pair once and had to take them off after 3 minutes.
To me, they had a vice like grip.
The Stax may not be as comfortable as Beyer DT880, but wearing them doesn't bother me.
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