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post #1591 of 3325
Do you guys use a translator when using YJ auctions, do you speak Japanese, or am I missing something obvious about how to use it in English?
Edited by mangler - 2/24/14 at 9:20am
post #1592 of 3325
Gpogle translate..,
post #1593 of 3325

Those look like Stax Sr-80 (Lambda Junior). It's not only a duck wearing Stax earspeakers... NO! It's a duck wearing pretty uncommon Stax earspeakers!

I have to join Iceland Bingo, this is too convincing.

post #1594 of 3325
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

NB Lambda's have that natural, slightly over-emphasized but very seductive and well presented mids, slight 3d to the sound (at least with some songs I've listened to).

SR-202, quite balanced sounding with a slight boost of brightness to the treble (not to the extend that'll hurt your ears). 

Both are nice sounding stat's that sound drastically different to each other.

If you're buying one of either, my suggestion is buy both.
Thank you for that insight. I have the sr lambda and srm1mk2. I've been unsuccessful in finding the signature, nova sig, and esp 950 that I can afford. I wanted to get a pro bias set of some kind. I recall comments about one of the entry level models being very good.
post #1595 of 3325
Best Entry Level on Budget is SR-202
post #1596 of 3325

The SR-202 can only let you hear all the cons of an electrostatic headphone. Give the SR-207 a try; it is definitely a huge step-up from the 202.


Edited by ChiAki - 2/24/14 at 5:23pm
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Some owner's here actually prefer the 202 to the 207 due to it having less brightness to the treble. But the 207 is a good current in production e-stat.

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Yes I agree that the 207's boost in treble might be harsh-sounding at times, but it presents a more complete package of sound, in comparison to the 202's lack of lower body. :) 

 

If you don't mind the lack of good imaging of instruments and vocals, slight boost in treble, unsatisfactory sound-stage, you might find the lower-end Stax headphones fine products with them winning basically all other categories in terms of detail retrieval etc.


Edited by ChiAki - 2/24/14 at 5:30pm
post #1599 of 3325
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Originally Posted by ChiAki View Post
 

Yes I agree that the 207's boost in treble might be harsh-sounding at times, but it presents a more complete package of sound, in comparison to the 202's lack of lower body. :) 

 

The 202's doesn't lack lower body and has enough bass to satisfy somebody who wants a more neutral and balanced sound. If you want 202's with bass use 404LE/507 leather pads. I don't and have never enjoyed my 202's on any of the Stax amps. Only SRD-7sb MK2 > monoblocks/integrated/power amps with preamp feed-in and soon KGSSHV. The 202's off the BHSE I tried last year wasn't too bad either, I was expecting bright sounding but the sound was more realistic and holographic off the BH using stock JJ EL34's. 


Edited by DefQon - 2/24/14 at 5:32pm
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So my friend as a Stax SR-X MKIII Pro and an SRD-7SB. He's experiencing an odd problem with the system soundwise. There's a brickwall effect on the bass; he literally has no content whatsoever below a certain point. The headphones otherwise sound as they should: extremely clear and clean, no distortion, very lifelike, etc. 

 

The SRD-7SB has been modified by the previous owner to bypass the loudspeaker/earspeaker toggle switch. It is otherwise stock (ie  has not been recapped) but he's taken a multimeter and capacitance meter to the PCB and everything seems to measure at proper spec. He's using an AudioSource AMP-100 with it.

 

I suspect something electrically faulty in the SRD-7 that's causing it to act as a sort of analog highpass filter. Any idea what the issue could be? I mean, I heard it before I sent it to him, and it sounded like something was seriously off with something in the audio chain. The previous owner thought it sounded strange too, and he was used to the 'stat sound. The SR-X does have completely decayed pads, we're working on getting replacements, but having heard it myself I highly doubt that the pads are the entirety of the issue.

 

Cheers!

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Well uh, after a bit of poking around he figured it out, and its so stupid it's hilarious. One of the resistors in the SRD-7 got bent to where it contacted the pins of one right next to it, thus shorting the circuit. Wish I would've noticed that before I sent it to him, so I could've heard the headphone when it wasn't defective.

 

Oh well. Nevermind :p

post #1602 of 3325
Great. So now it's the 202 and 207. I may have missed out on the 202 in the for sale section, so I may go back to waiting and not deciding. And keep looking for the cans I really want. Lol. 202 does sound promising though.
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Originally Posted by Keithpgdrb View Post

Great. So now it's the 202 and 207. I may have missed out on the 202 in the for sale section, so I may go back to waiting and not deciding. And keep looking for the cans I really want. Lol. 202 does sound promising though.

Yeah I am so sorry for you, but the first Stax is seldom the last one. Once infected with that virus it spreads.
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I've lived with my sr lambda quite a while now, and I was looking for something a step up or at least different. Hence the cans I mentioned earlier. I'll keep searching I think for the 950 first.
post #1605 of 3325

950 is a good choice if you want something much different.  If you want to stick with Lambdas, another nice headphone to look for is the LNS.

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