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post #526 of 1196
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Dunno since the prices of vintage Stax really has inflated over the years... Still, if you can get a T1 tube amp or a srm-1 mk.2 and some vintage lambda at a good price. Seems like you want a balanced signature so... the Nova Signature maybe?

 

I'm trying to keep the price <1k...something like the lambda pro + a used 252s or 323s would probably be under that? 

 

Haven't seen any nova signatures in the FS section lately though; only lambda pros and 307's

post #527 of 1196
DefQon => for me, the seller didn't realize the problem. He doesn't know Stax enough, and he didn't have the experience and/or the possibility to compare with another quite identical Stax. And I have a clear evidence he's not the one who did this crappy swap.
This pair isn't the one from Germany (I've checked the finished auction youtalked about).

Ali
Edited by Ali-Pacha - 9/30/13 at 1:40am
post #528 of 1196
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Originally Posted by BVieira View Post
 

Thanks DefQon for the SR5+SRD7 Amp advice. I'll have to continue searching for a suitable one, for now my Audioengine N22 works, but I can feel the untapped potential in the SR-5.

Have you ever thought of swapping the earpads? IMO the stock ones are not that comfortable for extended listening.

I had an extra pair of Mr.Speakers Alpha Pads so I decided to swap them in.

They're extremely comfortable (like pillows), and improve the seal, and subsequently the sound IMO.

 

However, does anyone know if having a tight seal on these phones would create too much pressure on the thin diaphragm, and be damaging to them?

 

I already get that "crackle" sometimes with the stock pads, which i hear is common but I'd hate to ruin the phones at the expense of comfort. 

No problems, the SR-5 + energizer is far top of the range but it is very very nice sounding to be honest IMHO. 

 

Never tried the Alpha Pads but if you've got $100-150 to burn on pads, get the Stax Omega 2 pads (brown is less expensive, black is $150 or so), chuck them on and enjoy the sound, the genuine leather fabric provides a very nice seal.

 

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Originally Posted by DairyProduce View Post
 

What do you guys think is the best idea for a relatively budget stax setup?:
 

Get the 2170 vs get some vintage stax like the lambda pro and grab a used amp (323s?) vs get the Koss ESP-950

 

I thought the HD800 was a bit too bright, but the LCD-3 was too closed in and dark. The SR-007 Mk1 was a tad dark as well.

Stax SRM Xh + 202 is pretty nice sounding. But again my Xh has been modded.

 

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Originally Posted by Ali-Pacha View Post

DefQon => for me, the seller didn't realize the problem. He doesn't know Stax enough, and he didn't have the experience and/or the possibility to compare with another quite identical Stax. And I have a clear evidence he's not the one who did this crappy swap.
This pair isn't the one from Germany (I've checked the finished auction youtalked about).

Ali

Damn man, that sucks hardcore for your friend as I've heard reports the SRD-5 Gold is a nice improvement over the normal SRD-5 and I've yet to find a reasonable priced pair I want.

 

Maybe your friend can contact the seller who the original seller was?

post #529 of 1196

I just finished reading this thread and found it very informative and interesting.  I'm now seriously considering picking up a 2170 system to see how it compares to my LCD-2 and see if I really want to keep the LCD or move to 'stats.  I had no idea that any Stax stuff could be had for prices like this.

post #530 of 1196
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Originally Posted by haejuk View Post
 

I just finished reading this thread and found it very informative and interesting.  I'm now seriously considering picking up a 2170 system to see how it compares to my LCD-2 and see if I really want to keep the LCD or move to 'stats.  I had no idea that any Stax stuff could be had for prices like this.

 

Another option would be to look at the vintage stax. They can be had for some relatively low prices as well.

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Yes.  I was also considering that, but it appears that most of them require me to have a speaker amp to connect the transformer box to, which I don't currently have.  Sorry if my terminology isn't correct here, but you know what I mean.  If I understand correctly, I could hook up a 2170 to my current DAC and see how 'stats sound.

 

Edit:  I definitely have a lot to learn about Stax and what amps can drive which headphones and which ones need to be hooked up to speaker taps, etc.  It would be nice if there was some sort of guide to getting started.


Edited by haejuk - 10/2/13 at 1:05pm
post #532 of 1196
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Originally Posted by haejuk View Post
 

Yes.  I was also considering that, but it appears that most of them require me to have a speaker amp to connect the transformer box to, which I don't currently have.  Sorry if my terminology isn't correct here, but you know what I mean.  If I understand correctly, I could hook up a 2170 to my current DAC and see how 'stats sound.

 

Edit:  I definitely have a lot to learn about Stax and what amps can drive which headphones and which ones need to be hooked up to speaker taps, etc.  It would be nice if there was some sort of guide to getting started.

 

I'm pretty sure you can use the current electrostatic amplifiers with them, providing that their bias is the right one. I don't know much about the energizers though.

post #533 of 1196
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

No problems, the SR-5 + energizer is far top of the range but it is very very nice sounding to be honest IMHO. 

 

Never tried the Alpha Pads but if you've got $100-150 to burn on pads, get the Stax Omega 2 pads (brown is less expensive, black is $150 or so), chuck them on and enjoy the sound, the genuine leather fabric provides a very nice seal.

 

Stax SRM Xh + 202 is pretty nice sounding. But again my Xh has been modded.

 

Damn man, that sucks hardcore for your friend as I've heard reports the SRD-5 Gold is a nice improvement over the normal SRD-5 and I've yet to find a reasonable priced pair I want.

 

Maybe your friend can contact the seller who the original seller was?

Yes,I just joined the Stax family,as well.

Bought the Lambda-Pro ,& the SRM-1 mkII-pro amp

Thinking ,I may have been a little bit too hasty,because now,I'm reading this combo is Bright {according to Ken Rockwell,on a review that s 3 years old?} ,,most of my music is warm/dark,classical,light jazz,operas,female vocalists,acoustic guitar.

This combo ran me $780.00

 

Any feedback,would be appreciated,

Tnx

Mike

post #534 of 1196
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Originally Posted by Ali-Pacha View Post
Friend of mine who's just bought a SR-5 Gold + SRD-6/SB, apparently mint, with boxes like new, etc...

He came to my house (I've a classic SR-5, first owner, legacy from my father who bought it in 1979), in order to compare.

 

First strange thing : very very light pair compared to mine

Second strange thing : no more sound in my SR-5 when both are plugged in (SRD-7/SB)

Third strange thing : sound really weak, shouty, without body and/or bass

Fourth strange thing : what I can see in the cups through the mesh does'nt look like a stat driver. There's also a little bump on the back of the cups

 

I tell him I want to open it, have a bad feeling about this.

Holy **** ! Some crappy "no-name" dynamic drivers in the cups :eek: The bump on the back as a consequence of a kind of screw on the back of those ****ty drivers...Bias wire not plugged in, obviously.

 

Did you ever encounter such things ? The headphones are aesthetically perfect, it's quite unbelievable...

 

What in the HELL? This is the first I've heard of anyone swapping out a Stax set's drivers with crappy generic dynamics...

 

Your friend better get his money back and give that seller hell for the swindling. My guess is that the seller decided to steal the SR-5 Gold's drivers, slip in some cheap dynamics, and hope nobody would notice until it was too late.

post #535 of 1196
On this site we don't know who Ken Rockwell is. Yes they have a slightly snappy treble which is why the SRM T1 or any tube stat amp powering them smooths off the treble.

I liked the SRM1 MK2 for what it did but I quickly sold it off because it bright sounding with the Lambda Pro.
post #536 of 1196

Not sure how the newer-generation Lambdas compare to the older ones, but I think the SRM-T1 is a better pairing with the SR-307 than the SRM-323S (shameless, I know).


Edited by 3X0 - 10/2/13 at 5:20pm
post #537 of 1196
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Originally Posted by 3X0 View Post
 

Yup, I think the SRM-T1 is a better pairing with the SR-307 than the SRM-323S (shameless, I know).

 

Haven't played around with the 307 long enough but the 323S is a heaven match with the 303/404 for trance electronica music with vocals. Sublime stuff. The T1 glosses over detail sometimes so it's ok.

post #538 of 1196
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

No problems, the SR-5 + energizer is far top of the range but it is very very nice sounding to be honest IMHO. 

 

Never tried the Alpha Pads but if you've got $100-150 to burn on pads, get the Stax Omega 2 pads (brown is less expensive, black is $150 or so), chuck them on and enjoy the sound, the genuine leather fabric provides a very nice seal.

 

Stax SRM Xh + 202 is pretty nice sounding. But again my Xh has been modded.

 

Damn man, that sucks hardcore for your friend as I've heard reports the SRD-5 Gold is a nice improvement over the normal SRD-5 and I've yet to find a reasonable priced pair I want.

 

Maybe your friend can contact the seller who the original seller was?

Yes,I just joined the Stax family,as well.

Bought the Lambda-Pro ,& the SRM-1 mkII-pro amp

Thinking ,I may have been a little bit too hasty,because now,I'm reading this combo is Bright {according to Ken Rockwell,on a review that s 3 years old?} ,,most of my music is warm/dark,classical,light jazz,operas,female vocalists,acoustic guitar.

This combo ran me $780.00

 

Any feedback,would be appreciated,

Tnx

Mike

 

If you've already ordered them, why not just wait until they show up and see how they sound?

 

A bit off topic, but personally I think my Stax are a definite compliment to the Mad Dog. Not sure how stats compare to the HD800 though...

post #539 of 1196

Very similar to the HD800 in some areas. But that headphone is still in another league.

post #540 of 1196
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Very similar to the HD800 in some areas. But that headphone is still in another league.

 

As is the price. :D 

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