Hi Mike, was the mod only the feedback change or was it more drastic (replacing transistor)? Been thinking of having something like this done with mine.
Agreed. Although I preferred the Mk1 over the Mk2, I didn't find the difference as big as some have found it in these forums.
It is best ,you contact Justin directly,
Here is what he told me,when I asked the same question:
"the mod will increase the amplifiers control over the drivers which tightens the bass and it also decreases the distortion"
Overall,I found there was a smoothness,that I really did not hear before.,I listen to my current setup ,sometimes 6-8 hours at a clip,and it is never fatiguing
For me,& my ears,I strongly recommend ,that this mod be done,,with my music,mostly acoustic guitar,mild jazz,classical,and now,soundtrack music,mostly Hanz Zimmer,and a few others.
At the NY meet,I did A-B comparisons,between the mkI vs. the mkII,and ,yes..I found little difference,but many head-fiers,seem to prefer the mkI.
To each his own.
Your ears will tell you ,what sounds right..
I did try some very expensive amps at the meet,that is what made a big difference in SQ,,to my ears...the Blue Hawaii is one-wow,and wow on the price tag.
Have you heard the 009s and if so, do you prefer them over the 007?
LOL. it was hard convincing my wife but done it in the end. I will be using warm upstream equipment - srm-717 and a Meridian dac. That should hopefully tame it. I also don't listen too often at high levels so that helps too.
What amp did you hear the 009s with?
The 727II (not modified for feedback) is meant to be a good match with the 009s. I am contemplating the KGSS DX but from what I have read, although cleaner than the 717, it might be a little too forward in it's sound compared to what I am looking for.
Thanks Mike. That was my next question, where to start looking for used Stax gear. I will look at the head-fi trading forum. A little nervous about ebay, but wondering if there are more opportunities there.
Audiogon occasionally has some Stax gear for sale as well. Recently bought a 007 MK2 from there.
You do have to be careful on e-bay,it's best to buy from sellers who have very high ratings.
A lot of the Stax gear on e-bay comes from Japan,so,some might have different voltage.
If you have your eye on something,you could show the link to one of head-fiers,that you communicate with,on a regular basis ,for his opinion/advise.
As mentioned before,Audiogon is another excellent source.
Head-fi ,is my first choice,though