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post #1711 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dailydoseofdaly View Post
They are 2 months old, I got them from the f/s thread but the box has been cross country twice now.

Good. Apparently shipping can be considered preventive maintenance for electrostatics (well, not really -- moreso a remedy for channel imbalance).

post #1712 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dailydoseofdaly View Post
 

thanks guys

ready to sell?:biggrin:. Seriously, well done.

post #1713 of 4042
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Originally Posted by 3X0 View Post

Good. Apparently shipping can be considered preventive maintenance for electrostatics (well, not really -- moreso a remedy for channel imbalance).
Haha good to know, put about 7hrs on them today and no driver weirdness, fingers crossed
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

ready to sell?biggrin.gif . Seriously, well done.
Not quite:p
Yeah I definitely lucked out, I told the NC meet I would try and bring a pair not realizing the extent of the back order. I tried all the US distributors and they said 6 months and Price Japan was like 3 months which was still not in time for April 19th. I responded to a few people selling here but they would go so quickly. I ended up making a wtb ad not really expecting anything and in two hours bam a hit from a fellow selling a pair he bought from headamp a couple months back. So I hope everyone will be able to enjoy them and the mk1 at the meet coming up
post #1714 of 4042

I have an idea. Send me your 009's for the meantime. While mine comes from PJ, change the shipping address to your location? So we both get to listen to some Stax. ?;)

post #1715 of 4042
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Originally Posted by 3X0 View Post
 

Good. Apparently shipping can be considered preventive maintenance for electrostatics (well, not really -- moreso a remedy for channel imbalance).

 

I think you jest but I did just sell some SR-307's that were shipped to California; me and the buyer, via tracking watched them first go to a zip code near him in California and then, oddly, they were shipped all the way to the east coast (NC) where they sat for a few days and then were shipped all the back to California where they (thank god) finally found the right address. 

 

Strange...

post #1716 of 4042

There is a thread on the initial release of the 009's where people bought them from around the world and had it shipped out and this initiated and omitted channel imbalance issues. It happens. It's happened to me as well having bought a second hand but mint condition 404 from YJ and then bam, imbalance and eventually a dead left channel.

post #1717 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

Does anybody here do anything to protect their stax from humidity with something like silica packets or a dehumidifier box ( like the kind you'd use for cameras)?

Hi , 

Yes, I put a dehumidifier next to my system stax.

post #1718 of 4042

Hi,

 

Please can anyone help? I'm thinking about replacing my Sennheiser HD 650 with Graham Slee Solo SRGII, PSU1 and Cardas cable with either a Stax 2170 or 3170. My main concern is avoiding bright headphones which emphasise sibilance in a recording. For this reason I recently sold my Sennheiser HD 700 which caused me to suffer discomfort due to the treble peak. 

 

I have an old (2004) Stax basic system which stays with my computer and would be grateful for any views as to which Stax system to get. I've read posts here which suggest that the combination of the SR-307 and SRM-323S can produce a bright sound. Is this correct? My source will be an iPhone 5S which, before I get burned for heresy, does sound fine with my elderly Stax SR-202. I suffer from constant tinnitus (caused by cleaning my ears out to try custom iems) so avoiding headphones which are prone to revealing harsh Zzz or Sss sounds is imperative. I can just about afford a Stax 3170 but not the 407 headphones. I wonder what difference the "super engineering plastics" diaphragm makes compared to the SR-207 which presumably uses the older diaphragm.

 

Thanks,

 

 

Martyn

post #1719 of 4042
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Originally Posted by martyn73 View Post
 

Hi,

 

Please can anyone help? I'm thinking about replacing my Sennheiser HD 650 with Graham Slee Solo SRGII, PSU1 and Cardas cable with either a Stax 2170 or 3170. My main concern is avoiding bright headphones which emphasise sibilance in a recording. For this reason I recently sold my Sennheiser HD 700 which caused me to suffer discomfort due to the treble peak. 

 

I have an old (2004) Stax basic system which stays with my computer and would be grateful for any views as to which Stax system to get. I've read posts here which suggest that the combination of the SR-307 and SRM-323S can produce a bright sound. Is this correct? My source will be an iPhone 5S which, before I get burned for heresy, does sound fine with my elderly Stax SR-202. I suffer from constant tinnitus (caused by cleaning my ears out to try custom iems) so avoiding headphones which are prone to revealing harsh Zzz or Sss sounds is imperative. I can just about afford a Stax 3170 but not the 407 headphones. I wonder what difference the "super engineering plastics" diaphragm makes compared to the SR-207 which presumably uses the older diaphragm.

 

Thanks,

 

 

Martyn

 

I've had the SR-303's, SR-307's and currently the SR-404LE's ...

 

The SR-307's were my least favorite of the three and yet they weren't fatiguing/sibilant in the highs at all; they were actually fatiguing in the mid-range, which I found to have a quite noticeable "etch" ... and a sort of "hardness" to the overall mid range tone. They are not bad headphones at all, but I thought the SR-303's were much better, more smooth and with noticeably better sound staging and especially bass. The SR-404LE's I find even better than both of the former mentioned Stax cans and definitely the best "Lambda" headphone I've personally heard.

 

I personally would recommend you also explore the Koss ESP-950 electrostatic (it actually comes with it's own amp but can be used with Stax amps as well if you have an adapter made from the Koss extension cable that comes with the ESP-950 kit. 

 

I find the Koss ESP-950's to be every bit as enjoyable as the SR-404LE's (I have both the Koss and the 404LE's currently) if not even *more* smooth and musical and engaging. The Koss cans are not quite as hyper detailed/analytic as the 404LE's but are in every way the equal of them in most other regards. Considering your comments about high freq's? Either a pair of SR-303's, SR-404's or especially the Koss 950's would be a sure thing.

 

Best of luck...

post #1720 of 4042

Just to also add, 303 is same as the 404. Different color, cables and pad color.

post #1721 of 4042
Thinking about getting sr009. Question is what I have that can drive it. Will a parasound a51 amp drive stax okay with that woo device? If so, will the sq be way better with one of the high end dedicated headphone amps like blue Hawaii or cavalli?
post #1722 of 4042
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Originally Posted by Crashem View Post

Thinking about getting sr009. Question is what I have that can drive it. Will a parasound a51 amp drive stax okay with that woo device? If so, will the sq be way better with one of the high end dedicated headphone amps like blue Hawaii or cavalli?

 

If you're driving the 009's off anything other than Stax amps then you need a Stax pro-bias compatible energizer adaptor. SRD-7 Pro, SRD-7 sb MK2. Or buy a Stax amp or after market e-stat amp. I recommend you build a KGSSHV though. Good first project to venture into DIY.

post #1723 of 4042
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

 

If you're driving the 009's off anything other than Stax amps then you need a Stax pro-bias compatible energizer adaptor. SRD-7 Pro, SRD-7 sb MK2. Or buy a Stax amp or after market e-stat amp. I recommend you build a KGSSHV though. Good first project to venture into DIY.


I believe the Woo Audio WEE will make the Parasound A51 Stax compatible.  The question is how well with the Parasound drive SR009 with the Woo WEE.  Is a dedicated high end headphone amp much better in terms of sound quality?

post #1724 of 4042

Just a heads up for potential 307 and 407 buyers.

 

I placed an order with PriceJapan for a 307 back in early Feb., and now they've sent me this:

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By unknown reason, Stax SR-307, SR-407 needs very long days to get it here.
Probably, we will ship your SR-307 on March 17 or 18.

 

Se there may be supply problems in Japan for these models.

post #1725 of 4042

Just got a SRM-006ts from Price Japan and waiting for my headphone to arrive. While tuning the offset for the tubes, I discovered that 2 of the 4 big capacitor (220uF, 400V) and the 3 small ones (4700uF, 10V) around the transformer has about 370Vdc leaking on top of its body. Would appreciate if any user of this amp would verify on their set. It definitely looks not right to me.

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