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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Do note that your search and journey has just started, no where near ending it, a good percentage of Stax user's usually find there end game with the O2 or 009's. Just saying. ;) 

 

Oh, well aware. Therefore my qualification: "at least in the Lambda dept..."

 

;-)

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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.

 

Because of the cult status of the Mk1's, the differences between the two models tend to be exaggerated. From a purely personal perspective,  the Mk1's to be a little darker and more recessed than the Mk2's. The Mk2's seem to be tuned to a little more forward and dynamic , if slightly less linear presentation. The Mk1's seem to work best with solid-state (or solid-state sounding) amps. Using tubes,  I'm not so sure which I would prefer.

 

I currently own a 507, and will eventually upgrade to an 007. If I have a chance to buy a Mk1 I probably will, but I will not be disappointed with a Mk2.

 

Most of the Mk1's I see at meets are beginning to show their age. Often the headband is loose and sloppy, and there is a weakness at the strain relief where the cable enters the cup. If you ever need new drivers from Stax, they will be Mk2's.

post #1563 of 3375

Odds are this has been brought up at some point, but I've never found a good answer to this online. Is an SR007 Omega II Mk 2 the same as the plain old SR007 Mk 2? Is the same true for SR007 Omega II Mk 1 and SR007 Mk 1?

 

If so, then is there an Omega I and what is it? And what does just "O2" refer to?

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Odds are this has been brought up at some point, but I've never found a good answer to this online. Is an SR007 Omega II Mk 2 the same as the plain old SR007 Mk 2? Is the same true for SR007 Omega II Mk 1 and SR007 Mk 1?

If so, then is there an Omega I and what is it? And what does just "O2" refer to?

correkt they go by all these names.
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Originally Posted by dude_500 View Post

If so, then is there an Omega I and what is it? And what does just "O2" refer to?

http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=SR-%CE%A9

 

http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=SR-007

 

http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=Stax_SR-007MkII

 

N.B. The SR-009 is not officially an "Omega" family product AFAIK, not sure why.


Edited by 3X0 - 2/21/14 at 2:16pm
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Dude500 these are the basic changes to my understanding, please correct me if I'm wrong on any of these

There are two versions of the o2mk1 the early ones serial starts with 70xxx
Later construction changed slightly and the serial was changed to start with sz1
A port was added to the construction and serial changed to sz2 (o2mk2), the port can be modded to give a sz1 freq response
Diaphragm and housing material change, sz3(nicknamed o2mk2.5)

The original omega is it's own entity and separate to the omega 2

3x0 your fast, tnx for the links
Edited by dailydoseofdaly - 2/21/14 at 2:18pm
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

Can someone confirm the SR404 cable is in fact a brown one. I am in need of a replacement brown one that won't break the bank for a project.( yep has to be brown ) I'll do some more image searches.

Electromod UK has them described as both black and brown same listing, and one of those ambiguous pics. Now the obvious question: why not email them. Will do so now.

 Thanks a bunch.

SR-404 cables are the more premium PC-OCC based "fatter" cables that are used interchangebly between the 404 and 407 Lambda's. Yes they are in brown not black, I'd think Stax would have to be absolutely schitfaced drunk to mix black cables with brown housing/headband/arc assembly. 


Edited by DefQon - 2/22/14 at 2:07am
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What do you guys think of the SR-407 and specifically the SRS-4170 system (407 + 006t)? I'm in the consideration department but I want to make sure I make the right call. 

 

I have listened to STAX - lots of em - but not extensively. Most experience I have had with the SR-009, enough so to conclude that its signature is not quite to my liking (slightly sterile) and I prefer some of the Lambdas and SR-007 overall. I did listen to (and compared to the 009) one Lambda in this color and it sounded fantastic, perhaps slightly less refined and less solid in the bass than the 009 but also slightly more sweet and organic. Quite similar otherwise, sonically. I can't say if that was the 407 as they all look basically the same. May have been the Nova classic. 

 

SR-007 mk1 with an amp to match would be my choice if I had the budget, but I feel I want to play it a bit safe and jump on the "entry-level" wagon first. 

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Originally Posted by Lan647 View Post
 

What do you guys think of the SR-407 and specifically the SRS-4170 system (407 + 006t)? I'm in the consideration department but I want to make sure I make the right call. 

 

I have listened to STAX - lots of em - but not extensively. Most experience I have had with the SR-009, enough so to conclude that its signature is not quite to my liking (slightly sterile) and I prefer some of the Lambdas and SR-007 overall. I did listen to (and compared to the 009) one Lambda in this color and it sounded fantastic, perhaps slightly less refined and less solid in the bass than the 009 but also slightly more sweet and organic. Quite similar otherwise, sonically. I can't say if that was the 407 as they all look basically the same. May have been the Nova classic. 

 

SR-007 mk1 with an amp to match would be my choice if I had the budget, but I feel I want to play it a bit safe and jump on the "entry-level" wagon first. 

 

Can't comment on your main question but I'll comment all the same ...

 

SR-404LE's are ridiculously better than SR-307's.

 

Way better highs. Way better lows. Way better instrument separation. More quiet in the quiet parts. ... a whole other order of Lamdba. 

 

I know because I had the SR-307's ... and then sold them after hearing/listening to the 404LE's ... 

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Sound quality of 006t = the old T1 series just so you know.
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Sound quality of 006t = the old T1 series just so you know.

Not to start a discussion which may take the attention of my original question, but does that mean the 006t is in fact a better driver than the 007tII?
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Sound quality of 006t = the old T1 series just so you know.

Not to start a discussion which may take the attention of my original question, but does that mean the 006t is in fact a better driver than the 007tII?

Don't think so..? From what I have heard the 007t series is slightly better than 006t/T1.

 

Some might argue that not all 006t/T1 amps are equal due to obstructed signal path due to switches and what not, but they have roughly equal circuits from what I hear.

post #1573 of 3375
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Don't think so..? From what I have heard the 007t series is slightly better than 006t/T1.

 

Some might argue that not all 006t/T1 amps are equal due to obstructed signal path due to switches and what not, but they have roughly equal circuits from what I hear.

 

My bad, I mixed the T1 series up with the T2, which many here say is the best STAX amp ever made.

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Soundwise my 006t performs excellent. Comparing to the KGSS it has less power and this might be his problem

if you prefer hearing with higher loudnesslevels.

For my 007 Mk2 it is easy to reach the edge of distortion. Less probelm with the 009 or the 4040 lambda.

 

As i like to hear with lower levels it is very nice. The tubesound is also very enjoyable and more natural than my KGSS, especially if one use a 009 and Amarra as the player.

In terms of dynamic and punch the 006t is on the soft side.

 

Modern Staxamps have absolutely no backgroudnoise, no hum, no crackle, what makes for example the 006t very enjoyable at low levels.


Edited by karlgerman - 2/22/14 at 3:08pm
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006 is worthwhile if you can score one for under $650 as its essentially a more modern T1 with the same sound. T1's are great with most of the Lambdas.
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