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post #1546 of 4020
The SR007 MK2 sounds somewhat boomy compared to the MK1. They are still the best Headphone I know and there is a good reason that they still cost 200-400$ more than the newer model.
post #1547 of 4020

Boomy could be related to that attenuated mid bass, at least for me and few others. If I had the option I'd own both because I prefer the MK2 over the more balanced MK1 for select few genres.

post #1548 of 4020
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Boomy could be related to that attenuated mid bass,.....

Agreed with this.

post #1549 of 4020
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Boomy could be related to that attenuated mid bass, at least for me and few others. If I had the option I'd own both because I prefer the MK2 over the more balanced MK1 for select few genres.

 

What genres?  It's good to see someone actually likes the MK2s for something.

post #1550 of 4020
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

What genres?  It's good to see someone actually likes the MK2s for something.

I like my Mk2 (2.5 really) quite a bit, but then again I've never heard the Mk1 smily_headphones1.gif
post #1551 of 4020
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Originally Posted by cucera View Post

The SR007 MK2 sounds somewhat boomy compared to the MK1. They are still the best Headphone I know and there is a good reason that they still cost 200-400$ more than the newer model.

On music with a strong rhythm element (pop, rock, etc)  the Mk II's sound a bit over-ripe in the 80~120 Hz region ("boomy.")

 

On orchestral, chamber and other "classical" music they sound "warm."

 

I think they are voiced for "serious" music lovers who want that "rich" or "warm" sound.  Just my 2 cents worth.

 

All versions offer lots of detail low distortion etc. But the later models do have a different voice.


Edited by milosz - 2/19/14 at 4:40pm
post #1552 of 4020
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What genres?  It's good to see someone actually likes the MK2s for something.

Actually I think the MK2s are great headphones, just a few steps backwards from the MK1s. 

post #1553 of 4020

Am I daft for not really digging either SR-007 that much? They sound too much like the JH13 (non-FP) I have and don't confer enough of the qualities I've come to appreciate from other electrostats (namely a level of astonishingly high resolution).

 

I have heard them from the likes of formidable energizers such as the modified SRM-727, KGSSHV and Liquid Silk. They pleased me but didn't really knock my socks off.

 

Is it one of those headphones that you need to spend more time to appreciate how little they do wrong, or am I justified in thinking they're overrated?


Edited by 3X0 - 2/19/14 at 5:27pm
post #1554 of 4020

I was never a full fledged fan of the SR007s (Mk1, Mk2 or Mk2.5), but I had only heard them on Stax amps (like the 323S, SRM727II and SRM007). Then I got to hear them on a KGSS and I thought: "wow, this is what the fuss is all about". That was a few years ago, I've since bought them (Mk1) and with my KGSSHV/BDA-2 they are delightful. I still prefer my SR-009s, but these along with my LCD-X / GS-X Mk2 are my second most reached headphones.

post #1555 of 4020

Recently picked up a very minty set of SR-404 Limited Editions ...

 

Prior to getting the 404's, I listened to Koss 950's 99% of the time and some SR-307's 1% of the time (vastly preferred the Koss stats over the SR-307) ,...

 

But the 404LE's blow them both away. Man, super sweet Lambdas ... the 307's are simply not even comparable and sound etched and hard and narrow in comparison ...

 

The Koss ESP-950's are similar to the 404LE's ... especially in the bass department ... but ultimately I enjoy the 404LE's bass better and also, the 404's smoke the 950's in regards to detail, separation and high frequency retrieval. 

 

Sold the 307's immediately after getting the 404LE's and keeping the Koss 950's as shelved back ups.

 

Really surprised at how smooth, fun and resolving the 404LE's are, though. Worth every penny. Glad to say that the can search is over for now ... at least in the Lambda dept. 

 

;-)

post #1556 of 4020

I loved the 404LE when I had them, a real bargain and superb sound  beyond any Stax I'd had before.

I've since sold them and moved up to the 009/BHSE but the 404LE really are special.

Enjoy

post #1557 of 4020
It's nice to hear some positive things about the Mk2. Usually you hear something like "Mk1 or go home", which can give the impression that the Mk2 are no good, and seemingly dismissed as garbage. But they're actually wonderful, IMHO of course. I love mine, and even though they are under powered and not at their full potential, I find them far more engrossing and romantic than any other headphone I've ever heard (mostly LCD2, sr-507, TH600, AKG 550...not as many or as high of quality as the ones many here have owned/tried, but these are still respectable and well loved headphones). They're not as "creamy" as the LCD2 or as transparent as the 507, but they do something for me the others do not. I do have to say that at first I was underwhelmed, but given time to adjust to the sound (2 weeks for me) when I now lay back and go through a favorite album, I feel submerged. I'm sure they're not as balanced as the Mk1, but I don't mind some color if it's pleasant . I should probably also say I'd been looking for a headphone to relax with at the end of he day, so I actually appreciate the laid back nature of the 007. Maybe this will change with better amplification, but I can always switch amps depending on my mood. Anyway, I guess that's my 2 (inexperienced) cents.
Edited by mangler - 2/19/14 at 8:39pm
post #1558 of 4020
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

I was never a full fledged fan of the SR007s (Mk1, Mk2 or Mk2.5), but I had only heard them on Stax amps (like the 323S, SRM727II and SRM007). Then I got to hear them on a KGSS and I thought: "wow, this is what the fuss is all about". That was a few years ago, I've since bought them (Mk1) and with my KGSSHV/BDA-2 they are delightful. I still prefer my SR-009s, but these along with my LCD-X / GS-X Mk2 are my second most reached headphones.

Pete,

 

In your estimate, how much better is the 009 versus the 007 mk1 ? Making budget plans :biggrin: and that must include a KGSSHV 

post #1559 of 4020
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

I was never a full fledged fan of the SR007s (Mk1, Mk2 or Mk2.5), but I had only heard them on Stax amps (like the 323S, SRM727II and SRM007). Then I got to hear them on a KGSS and I thought: "wow, this is what the fuss is all about". That was a few years ago, I've since bought them (Mk1) and with my KGSSHV/BDA-2 they are delightful. I still prefer my SR-009s, but these along with my LCD-X / GS-X Mk2 are my second most reached headphones.

 

MacedonianHero, on an imaginary scale, from 0 to 100, how close do you think the LCD-X is to the SR-009 as a headphone. I know this is kind of a silly question :p (I guess I could mean in whatever qualities to you make an ideal headphone).

post #1560 of 4020
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

It's nice to hear some positive things about the Mk2. Usually you hear something like "Mk1 or go home", which can give the impression that the Mk2 are no good, and seemingly dismissed as garbage. But they're actually wonderful, IMHO of course. I love mine, and even though they are under powered and not at their full potential, I find them far more engrossing and romantic than any other headphone I've ever heard...

. I'm sure they're not as balanced as the Mk1, but I don't mind some color if it's pleasant.

Agree! The MK2 or even MK2.5 are still excellent phones and you are not the first to like them even more than the MK1 because of their coloration. When I stated that they are boomy I was just saying that in relation to the MK1 or even the 009. They are still never Grado style boomy but a rather transparent and yes a bit warm window into the music.
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