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post #766 of 2544
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Yeah, a fellow signature/t1 owner :redface:

 

What t1 mods did you do? Unfortunately my signature is down with an imbalance cold atm, hopefully just dust/hair in the driver but I barely have the time to look into it... Music recommendation for the signature?


I didn't do anything myself! I got it fully modified from padam, here are the differences compared to a standard T1 (if i remember correctly):

 

ECC99 tubes

Better RCA connectors

Siltech wiring

340V output

Carbon resistors

 

Music recommendations... what genres do you enjoy?

post #767 of 2544
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Try Ottmar Liebert – Up Close, which is a binaural acoustic guitar album.

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I'll look forward to your impressions, let's see if you are ready for such a setup, lol :p 

http://www.hdtracks.com/up-close  96/24 FLAC version is in the shopping cart.  :-)

 

I'm really looking forward to my impressions too!  _I_ am ready, but I'm not convinced the rest of my setup is ready yet.  Right now, I just have a grubDAC on my work Linux box.  I suspect that'll be the next thing to get upgraded.

post #768 of 2544
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Originally Posted by AManAnd88Keys View Post


I didn't do anything myself! I got it fully modified from padam, here are the differences compared to a standard T1 (if i remember correctly):

 

ECC99 tubes

Better RCA connectors

Siltech wiring

340V output

Carbon resistors

 

Music recommendations... what genres do you enjoy?

Just about any non-electronic genre :) 

I am not yet established in the world of classical and jazz, though, still exploring and finding out what styles I prefer. 

 

I like that there's an entry level Stax thread, not as formal as the other Stax thread.

post #769 of 2544
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http://www.hdtracks.com/up-close  96/24 FLAC version is in the shopping cart.  :-)

 

I'm really looking forward to my impressions too!  _I_ am ready, but I'm not convinced the rest of my setup is ready yet.  Right now, I just have a grubDAC on my work Linux box.  I suspect that'll be the next thing to get upgraded.

Nice. Good luck & have fun.

post #770 of 2544
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Just about any non-electronic genre :) 

I am not yet established in the world of classical and jazz, though, still exploring and finding out what styles I prefer. 

 

I like that there's an entry level Stax thread, not as formal as the other Stax thread.


I could help you with the Jazz exploration ;)

post #771 of 2544

For davidsh and everybody else who wants to explore and discover new music:

 

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post #772 of 2544
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For davidsh and everybody else who wants to explore and discover new music:

 

Sign up for the Holiday Gift Exchange! Head-Fi needs you :D

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/690854/2013-head-fi-holiday-gift-exchange

Nice! I'm in. Thanks for the pointer. :-)

post #773 of 2544
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Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Just about any non-electronic genre :) 

I am not yet established in the world of classical and jazz, though, still exploring and finding out what styles I prefer. 

 

I like that there's an entry level Stax thread, not as formal as the other Stax thread.


I could help you with the Jazz exploration ;)

Would be pretty nice, I am only really content with Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue', Jazz at the Pawnshop and Charles Mingus 'Ah Um'. I feel like an an audiohile failure, lol. Oh well, I am the kind person who has a tendency to progress very, very slowly with music. 

post #774 of 2544
How about "Explorations in Space and Time" by Lenny White, Mark Sherman, and Jamey Haddad?


Or Hiromi Uehara, or Chick Corea


Or Fourplay

Edited by miceblue - 11/26/13 at 3:54pm
post #775 of 2544
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Would be pretty nice, I am only really content with Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue', Jazz at the Pawnshop and Charles Mingus 'Ah Um'. I feel like an an audiohile failure, lol. Oh well, I am the kind person who has a tendency to progress very, very slowly with music. 


I'll shoot you a PM with some recommendations that might suit your taste.

post #776 of 2544
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Originally Posted by SmittyHalibut View Post
 

So, on the subject of "New to Electrostatics," what music/albums do you all recommend as a way to really show off the benefits of cans like these?  Many of my friends are anxious to listen to what all the hoopla is about and I want to make sure I demo them correctly.

 

My fear is that I primarily listen to rock, metal, electronic, and some sound-track, which are generally not recorded with critical listening in mind.  There are some exceptions to this obviously, but as a generality it's true.  I'd love to hear what y'all's Go-Tos are for demoing the benefits of Electrostats to non-critical listeners.

 

Just my two cents, but I think it is more important to use a good source than it is to cherry pick recordings with the SRS-2170.

You seem to be the type of guy who is very well aware of the value of a good source, so I hope I am not insulting you!

BTW, I would say they do sound like a pair of AKG Q701 or K70x with all the problems resolved or at least minimized.

 

Headphone amp from J.A.PAN will be set up for 100 Vac, so you are going to need either a wee little step down transformer or replace the wall wart.

post #777 of 2544
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

 

I like that there's an entry level Stax thread, not as formal as the other Stax thread.

 

And that's EXACTLY why I started this thread!  :wink_face:

I'm glad your enjoying it.

post #778 of 2544
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post
 

 

Just my two cents, but I think it is more important to use a good source than it is to cherry pick recordings with the SRS-2170.

You seem to be the type of guy who is very well aware of the value of a good source, so I hope I am not insulting you!

BTW, I would say they do sound like a pair of AKG Q701 or K70x with all the problems resolved or at least minimized.

 

Headphone amp from J.A.PAN will be set up for 100 Vac, so you are going to need either a wee little step down transformer or replace the wall wart.


Good call. Like I said, my source is a grubDAC (http://diyforums.org/GrubDAC/GrubDACoverview.php).  It's good for what it does, but its only good up to 48kHz/16bit.  I'll keep researching for something better (this isn't the thread for suggestions, I don't think.)

 

As for 100vAC, I've got plenty of 12vDC >=.5A wall-warts around.  That won't be a problem.  Worst case, I'll make a clean supply myself.  Thanks for the heads up, though.

 

And, as davidsh said, yes thank you very much for setting up this thread.  It's right up my alley.

post #779 of 2544
Thread Starter 
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Good call. Like I said, my source is a grubDAC (http://diyforums.org/GrubDAC/GrubDACoverview.php).  It's good for what it does, but its only good up to 48kHz/16bit.  I'll keep researching for something better (this isn't the thread for suggestions, I don't think.)

 

As for 100vAC, I've got plenty of 12vDC >=.5A wall-warts around.  That won't be a problem.  Worst case, I'll make a clean supply myself.  Thanks for the heads up, though.

 

And, as davidsh said, yes thank you very much for setting up this thread.  It's right up my alley.

 

A bit obvious, but I will say it anyway:

Please ensure that you observe the polarity of the DC connector on your new Stax amp!

Rolling your own may not be a bad idea, the stock wall wart is a dinky little unregulated linear supply.

 

I really appreciate the fact that this thread is this popular and so many Head Fi-ers find it useful!

post #780 of 2544

I think the longest lasting impressions are made by letting people hear music they're familiar with on your rig.  Sure, I could show them some amazing sounding Mahler piece and it'll impress them, but they'll probably forget it if they don't know the music.  Show them something they know like the back of their hand in a new light and they'll remember that for a while.

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