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Originally Posted by thinker View Post
 

picture from Stax CES 2014 are these new Stax Lambdas if yes i am very interested

http://detail.zol.com.cn/picture_index_1272/index12714856.shtml#/&pn=24

 

Looks like the SR-404LE. The 30th aniversity version from a few years ago.

 

http://www.headfonia.com/sr-404le-sr-404-signature-and-sr-lambda-pro/stax_sr404_le_lambdapro_11/


Edited by rx79ez08 - 1/9/14 at 12:45am
post #1307 of 2144
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

Personally for what I was seeking for my listening pleasure (and my wallet) :-

 

SR-009/007tA - didn't buy. Had decent depth and imaging but slow for faster pop/hiphop. etc songs. I borrowed & tested a friend's 007tA with a shop's 727 side-by-side using the 009 and continued to borrow the 007tA for home use even after buying the 727

SR-009/727 - bought and enjoyed

SR-009/Electra - bought & enjoying more

SR-007/007tA - didn't buy. Didn't enjoy for same reasons (but different intensity of distaste)

SR-007/727 - would have been a "no buy". But just borderline

SR-007/Electra - love it

 

spkrs01's VAW 8PS has made me curious about that too. I'm looking forward to his findings this weekend.

 

Thanks for sharing Sean.

 

In terms of C/P ratio, IMHO, the VAW 8PS is second to none! I've been a happy user since 2007 (paired with 007s back then), didn't realize what it is capable of until I heard the LL2. I was looking for a substantial upgrade in SQ from the purchase of LL MK2 couple of months ago, as the LL2 is 5 times pricier than the 8PS. The result was jaw-dropping, when driving the 009s, the 8ps sounded just as good as the LL MK2, if not better. To my ears, the LL MK2 excels in deeper and tighter bass, better bass resolution, bigger and more regular headstage (in front of the listener) while the 8PS has an edge on the timber(warmer and sweater, quite personal here though), better coherence across the whole frequency, more airy, better ambience, better decay… with the 8PS, music suddenly becomes more alive, more foot-tapping, more engaging. To me, the 8PS is clearly the better sounding (NOT BETTER) amp to pair with the 009s.   

 

I’d have to admit that generally I prefer the tube over SS so do take my words with a grain of salt.

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http://detail.zol.com.cn/picture_index_1272/index12714856.shtml#/&pn=26

Anybody know what the headphone all the way over on the left is? At first I thought it was another 009 or 007A, but looking more closely it looks like something else. Anybody know what it is?
Edited by mangler - 1/9/14 at 11:20am
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

http://detail.zol.com.cn/picture_index_1272/index12714856.shtml#/&pn=26

Anybody know what the headphone all the way over on the left is? At first I thought it was another 009 or 007A, but looking more closely it looks like something else. Kind of looks like it might even be a closed-back

 

 

Stax SR-3. The image represents the time evolution of Stax products from left to right.


Edited by dude_500 - 1/9/14 at 11:20am
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Originally Posted by dude_500 View Post


Stax SR-3. The image represents the time evolution of Stax products from left to right.

Ahhhhh, I see. Thanks for that
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Well I let my brother listen to my SR-009s paired with the Liquid Lightning last night for the first time and he was completely blown away. He's not an audiophile and doesn't own anything nicer than an ipod with earbuds but he enjoys music. He had also never heard an electrostatic headphone before. He has though heard several high-end headphones I own or have owned before, like the T1, HD-800 and LCD-2. Interestingly, we compared the HD-800s to the SR-009s directly (and even though the amp I'm using for the HD-800s, the Nuforce DAC-100, isn't a dynamic equivalent of a LL, I still think it pairs quite excellently) and he thought the SR-009s bettered the HD-800s by a wide margin, that it wasn't really even close. He said that he expected to be disappointed based on the cost of the headphones but that they actually exceeded his expectations. I still really like the HD-800s, but I think I'm in agreement with him. :smile_phones:

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I posted earlier that I bought a SRS-3010 system from the Bay that I am having problems with. The right channel produces static/cracking at certain frequencies (think Adele).

The seller was nice enough to lend me a SR-303 to test and resolve the issue but unfortunately I get the same results. That leaves the SRM-310 amp as the culprit (the source and DAC checked out okay).

I'm guessing it's hard to diagnose the problem without opening up the amp. But do you think it is worth it to keep the system and chase the problem?

I really am loving the Stax sound and would be sad to have to send it back . I have $475 invested and shipping everything back might cost close to $100.
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When I hear about the issues some Head-Fi'ers  have had buying used Stax headphones, I have to count my blessings!  I never had any problems with any used Stax gear I bought.

 

USED STAX GEAR THAT I CURRENTLY HAVE   WORKS JUST FINE

 

SR-007 MK I

Lambda Pro Signature

SRM-T1

 

USED STAX GEAR THAT I ONCE HAD AND HAVE SINCE SOLD   WORKED JUST FINE

 

SR-007 MK 2.5

Lambda Pro

SR-7 Pro

SRM-1 MK 2  

 

I wonder- was I just pretty luck here-  or does most of the used stuff usually work OK, with the exceptions being headphones with crackling etc.??

post #1314 of 2144

Sold all my dynamic gear and bought a Stax SRM-323S amp and am using it with both SR-307 and Koss ESP950 headphones. I could not be happier. 

 

The Koss headphones are ridiculously good counterpoint to the more analytic SR-307's. I haven't used them much with the stock E90 amp ... but with the 323S, they sing. Great cans...

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Maybe you were a little lucky and some of us were a little unlucky. At first I was thinking, oh okay this whole Stax thing is a pain in the butt and not worth it, I'm done. But the more I listened, the more I understood why some of the Stax "inconveniences" are worth putting up with. As for me, I decided to keep and hopely fix my slightly flawed amp (paired with the SR-303's that the seller upgraded me to as compensation).
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Originally Posted by milosz View Post

When I hear about the issues some Head-Fi'ers  have had buying used Stax headphones, I have to count my blessings!  I never had any problems with any used Stax gear I bought.

USED STAX GEAR THAT I CURRENTLY HAVE   WORKS JUST FINE

SR-007 MK I
Lambda Pro Signature
SRM-T1

USED STAX GEAR THAT I ONCE HAD AND HAVE SINCE SOLD   WORKED JUST FINE

SR-007 MK 2.5
Lambda Pro
SR-7 Pro
SRM-1 MK 2  

I wonder- was I just pretty luck here-  or does most of the used stuff usually work OK, with the exceptions being headphones with crackling etc.??
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Hi Guys

I run an SRM-717 with my SR-007s Mk2.5s. BUT I have an Audio Note tubed pre-amp before the 717, so it is giving the 717 a big signal

before it gets going. By having the 717 at volume bypass it is working like a class A amp (full power).

 

I must say I don't find any compression or lack of bass. Running the Stax amp on it's own returns the sound to a thin and artificial cold

presentation with limited dynamics and sound stage.

 

This might help others who think they need an exotic tubed headphone amp? 

 

However, to get close to the full potential of either the 007s or the 009s, you need a very clean front end source. I found None

oversampling tubed based DACs like the Lampistor or the Audio Note DACs work best.

post #1317 of 2144
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Originally Posted by milosz View Post
 

When I hear about the issues some Head-Fi'ers  have had buying used Stax headphones, I have to count my blessings!  I never had any problems with any used Stax gear I bought.

 

USED STAX GEAR THAT I CURRENTLY HAVE   WORKS JUST FINE

 

SR-007 MK I

Lambda Pro Signature

SRM-T1

 

USED STAX GEAR THAT I ONCE HAD AND HAVE SINCE SOLD   WORKED JUST FINE

 

SR-007 MK 2.5

Lambda Pro

SR-7 Pro

SRM-1 MK 2  

 

I wonder- was I just pretty luck here-  or does most of the used stuff usually work OK, with the exceptions being headphones with crackling etc.??

 

 

Maybe a little of both. Some of the gear we are discussing is pretty old.  Failures due to age are to be expected.  The good news is that the STAX gear in general has shown to be very robust.  

 

I've had similar good "luck".  I have one pair of Lambda Pro's that I believe needs a new cable, but otherwise I've had no significant issues with used STAX gear.  I can't imagine we're alone in getting gear without issues, it's just not the kind of thing that we write a lot about on the inter web.

 

I'm hoping my luck holds out, I've got some gear inbound, including a ED-1 that I hope is in good working condition.

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So you got that ed-1? I do remember some member who made a simulation of the ed-1 by the way. Kinda cool.

post #1319 of 2144
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post
 

 

 

Maybe a little of both. Some of the gear we are discussing is pretty old.  Failures due to age are to be expected.  The good news is that the STAX gear in general has shown to be very robust.  

 

I've had similar good "luck".  I have one pair of Lambda Pro's that I believe needs a new cable, but otherwise I've had no significant issues with used STAX gear.  I can't imagine we're alone in getting gear without issues, it's just not the kind of thing that we write a lot about on the inter web.

 

I'm hoping my luck holds out, I've got some gear inbound, including a ED-1 that I hope is in good working condition.

If it doesn't work be sure to break it apart and take nice pictures :) (maybe even if it's not broken)

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I will be happy to break it open and get some pictures of the internals.

 

Now that I grabbed it I've found myself oddly interested in the Pawel HP-1.  

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