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post #1246 of 3437
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Hi gavin, i doubt it is the upstream gear as i heard it in my rig, that of anakchan's + another top dog dac converter brought by a friend (totaldac d1).
At this stage, if this isn't what others have experienced, we must have received a lemon from alex (waiting to hear from him as we sent the amp back a month ago or so).

 

Arnaud

 

Shame if it was a lemon, for all parties on your tour!!!

 

I shall wait for the arrival of mine, and take a view of the LL2 when it arrives........

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

post #1247 of 3437
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Hi gavin, i doubt it is the upstream gear as i heard it in my rig, that of anakchan's + another top dog dac converter brought by a friend (totaldac d1).
At this stage, if this isn't what others have experienced, we must have received a lemon from alex (waiting to hear from him as we sent the amp back a month ago or so).

:rolleyes: 


Edited by gilency - 1/3/14 at 10:56pm
post #1248 of 3437

Thanks Padam,

Will look into the Pro versions, if i cant get the dust protectors here will try the USA.

Les 

post #1249 of 3437
Hi everyone, I just received a 3010 system (SR-202, SRM-310) off of the Bay and I was excited to join the club and fall in love with Stax. BUT I have noticed buzzing/static in the right driver when certain notes are hit (particularly on female vocals or higher frequencies). Do you think this is the dreaded dust in the driver issue?

(also posted on the entry level Stax thread)
post #1250 of 3437

Are there any holes in the plastic film protecting the driver? (look closely)

post #1251 of 3437
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Are there any holes in the plastic film protecting the driver? (look closely)

Thanks Davidsh for the response. I held the phones up to light I didn't notice any abnormalities (looking through the dust screens). I will look again later on tonight (heading out the door).
post #1252 of 3437

If it's really tied to when certain notes are played I don't think it's a driver issue, sound more like something in the amp or source side of things.

post #1253 of 3437

Spent a wonderful afternoon listening to my friend's 009, while I await delivery of my owns amps............

 

His system consists of the Playback Design MPS-5 > ARC Ref 5 SE > 8PS, listening to CDs and HiRez music files from a Mac using JRiver.

 

The 009 sounded so different from what I heard in Tokyo on a Stax amp, where the 009 was ethereal and delicate, the 009 today was full of power and grace, a deadly combination that truly draws one into the music. I never knew that 009 could do bass like what I heard today, full of impact and slam. Composition of sound was wonderful, leading edges, note, decay was compelling, and instrument specific in all three main frequencies. Soundstaging was surprising today too. Where in Tokyo, the images were floating around the forehead, today they were smack bang in front, well structured and correct, with good palpability. 

 

With the ARC Ref 5 SE in the chain compared to just the 8PS resulted in better dynamics on both the micro and macro level, larger soundstaging and more solidity to images..................... 

post #1254 of 3437

Hi spkrs01

I confer with that. I run the SR-007s with a Stax SRM-717, Audio Note 3.1 tubed DAC and Audio Note M3 tubed preamp between the DAC and the SRM-717.

 

The difference is bigger more dynamic sound, better bass weight and detail, smoother treble and beautiful midrange realism.

On it's own, the Stax amp sounds metallic and thin, smaller and less realistic.

 

I run the SRM-717 at full bypassing the volume control, so in a way like a class A power amp. I can tweak the sound with tube choice in the DAC and pre amp, which both have Tungsol 5687s at the moment, and Bendix regulator tubes.

 

Source comes from a Mac Mini 2013 with Firewire external and using Audirvana+ inc iTunes. I use an iMac to remote screen the Mac Mini. I have not drop outs or issues so far. The SPDIF convertor is an M2Tech full stack with ext clock and custom PS.

 

For the sound I am getting, it's good value.

post #1255 of 3437
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post
 

Spent a wonderful afternoon listening to my friend's 009, while I await delivery of my owns amps............

 

His system consists of the Playback Design MPS-5 > ARC Ref 5 SE > 8PS, listening to CDs and HiRez music files from a Mac using JRiver.

 

The 009 sounded so different from what I heard in Tokyo on a Stax amp, where the 009 was ethereal and delicate, the 009 today was full of power and grace, a deadly combination that truly draws one into the music. I never knew that 009 could do bass like what I heard today, full of impact and slam. Composition of sound was wonderful, leading edges, note, decay was compelling, and instrument specific in all three main frequencies. Soundstaging was surprising today too. Where in Tokyo, the images were floating around the forehead, today they were smack bang in front, well structured and correct, with good palpability. 

 

With the ARC Ref 5 SE in the chain compared to just the 8PS resulted in better dynamics on both the micro and macro level, larger soundstaging and more solidity to images..................... 

 

Everytime we can read HD800 or SR009 sound sterile, harsh or thin. For me it's not true when properly amped they can do thing that no others cans do.


Edited by Hun7er - 1/5/14 at 2:30pm
post #1256 of 3437
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post

If it's really tied to when certain notes are played I don't think it's a driver issue, sound more like something in the amp or source side of things.

I tried changing my source, interconnects, and earspeaker socket on the amp but I still had the same result. I hope its not the amp because I'm working out a deal with the seller to swap the headphones.
post #1257 of 3437

I have yet to hear the SR009 as harsh, thin, or metallic with current production Stax amps.  God, I hope I'm not doing something wrong.  Maybe I need a better amp.

post #1258 of 3437
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post

If it's really tied to when certain notes are played I don't think it's a driver issue, sound more like something in the amp or source side of things.

Your comment made me curious so I started looking at the 310 amp, particularly at the balance screw on the back. To balance the sound so vocals are centered, the screw was maxed all the way to the right. I played with the balance a bit and even with the screw maxed to the left channel I still get the buzzing/static on higher/loud frequencies in the right ear. Any thoughts?
post #1259 of 3437

(Begins again, bid #1, this time for posterity as well.)


Edited by ALSO - 1/6/14 at 12:00am
post #1260 of 3437

I've been away for awhile. Did the Chinese company that bought Stax end up making any changes?

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