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post #1921 of 2967
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I found the T1 to be a bit "dull" sounding ... not very dynamic .. but then again, I had the SRM-T1W ... and so it might differ from the regular T1.

 

And re the current offerings ...

 

This is said very loosely but I've read around a bit that the Stax amp(s) that use the ECC99 tubes, such as the SRM-600LE or other amps that typically use 6FQ7(6CG7) tubes but have been modified to use the ECC99 tubes are much better than the amps that, by default use the 6FQ7(6CG7) tubes such as the STAX SRM-007tII and/or the STAX SRM-006tS ...

 

Something about the 6FQ7 tubes not being well matched to the power being put through them (more technical, experienced Stax folk can clarify this maybe) ... and that the ECC99 tubes are much more capable in this regard and less subject to failure down the line...

 

Otherwise, I find the clarity of the 323S to be quite lovely with both the Koss 950's and the 404LE's ... the T1 was okay but just didn't "sing" like the 323S ... seemed lifeless and with no real imaging/dynamics ... 

 

Personally, I'd love to have a SRM-600LE ... but just super pleased with the 323S at the moment ... and if I upgrade, I'll most likely go big and with some sort of KGSS or Blue Hawaii variant ...

 

Best...

Joel

Hi Joel,

 

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go for the SR-407 (possibly 507) plus a SRM-323S and hopefully avoid the etch which I'm not hearing with the SR-407 with SRM-006TS. I'm inclined to go for the SR-407 as much of the extra expense with the SR-507 involves the leather earpads and new style headband which I understand can be quite fragile.

 

The SRM-006TS is doubling up as a room heater and I'll probably 'get it in the neck' about the increased electricity bill!

 

Best regards,

 

 

Martyn

post #1922 of 2967

I'm thinking about getting 009's sometime in the future, but I wont have enough to get a totl amp for now. What would you guys recommend as the best "cheap" amp for the 009's? (price: around 2k and under) I heard the srm-727a is one of the best cheap options, is this true? Thanks

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Yes

post #1924 of 2967
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Hi Joel,

 

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go for the SR-407 (possibly 507) plus a SRM-323S and hopefully avoid the etch which I'm not hearing with the SR-407 with SRM-006TS. I'm inclined to go for the SR-407 as much of the extra expense with the SR-507 involves the leather earpads and new style headband which I understand can be quite fragile.

 

The SRM-006TS is doubling up as a room heater and I'll probably 'get it in the neck' about the increased electricity bill!

 

Best regards,

 

 

Martyn

 

I'm confused, wouldn't the 323s accentuate etch with the 407?  (Is that what you want?)  I do admit, one thing the 507 has going for it is it looks pretty killer compared to the drab brown we got with the 407!

post #1925 of 2967
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I'm under the impression that he likes to get into arguments...

Defqon is a good guy. Hopefully he will be back.

post #1926 of 2967
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I'm under the impression that he likes to get into arguments...

Defqon is a good guy. Hopefully he will be back.

+5k

post #1927 of 2967
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I can't speak towards comparing the two amps but I've read a lot from some pretty damned on-top-of-it Stax aficionados and from what I've read, the SRM-323S is considered by many to be one of the best (if not the best, considering the money) Stax amps currently available ... also, one of the most powerful.

 

You could probably expect a slightly more detailed image with the SRM-323S ... I use one currently (with 404LE's and Koss 950's) and love it. Had a SRM-T1 before and the 323S blows it away (for my preferences, anyway) ...

Hi S1rrah,

 

Thanks for the reply. I'm surprised that the SRM-323S is rated so highly compared to the vacuum tube equipped SRM-T1 and the SRM-006TS costs about £300 more than the SRM-323S. Does the SRM-T1 produce a warmer sound?

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Martyn

 

The analytical SRM-323S is in my ears a good amp for the stax models with less highs like SR-007 and maybe the Lambda Nova Signature, Lambda Nova Basic, SR-202. With the rest of the Lambdas it sounds to bright for me, especially with the new Lambda SR-x07 series. A tube amp is in my opinion the better choice for the Lambdas! I prefer with the Lambdas a SRM-T1/T1S and a SRM-006tS (its better then the pre models SRM-006t and SRM-006tA/II) or a SRM-007t. Also a perfect match is a modded SRA-10/12S + any Lambda model. :D

post #1928 of 2967

Can some one explain to me what 'etch' mean in this context?

 

I have had the LS for sometime. I found that while there is some emphasis on treble, it is quite manageable. Unlike headphones like Grado and the ATH-AD900 which is too sharp for my liking.

post #1929 of 2967
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Defqon is a good guy. Hopefully he will be back.


I didn't say that he's not a good guy ;) maybe some discussions got out of hand , that can happen no matter how good your intentions are.

post #1930 of 2967

Could we go back on the Stax topic again please chaps :D?

post #1931 of 2967

Hi all,

For me, with my Omega ( 1993 ), the T1 is best on everything compared to SRM1 MK2 PRO.

Scene much greater, and sound far less metal

 

 

PS : I support you Defqon.

post #1932 of 2967
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Originally Posted by rx79ez08 View Post

 

I have had the LS for sometime. I found that while there is some emphasis on treble, it is quite manageable. Unlike headphones like Grado and the ATH-AD900 which is too sharp for my liking.

 

Coincident to your post, my AD900 is why I find myself here. I had been listening to a pair of stock mobile in-ears while on holiday, wishing that I had packed the AD900 the whole time. When I returned, I was anxious to listen to the new album. I put my cans on, pressed play, and was disgusted. The audio-technica squealed like a pig. I enjoyed the songs more on the freebie pair. Why had the 900/700s been so sensationalised in Australia? Stax setups were niche and joyless, they said.

 

Its inaccuracy was now obvious to me. I demanded accuracy, and knew from my calibrated flat panels that accuracy gives the most pleasing and usable result. My first step was to equalize the missing low frequency energy according to graphs on the internet. This improved the sound. I then discovered that the frequency peaks were position dependent like most other headphones, except the normal wearing position was the problem. The AD900 must be pushed forward to the point of being worn supra-aurally to be tolerable. And still, I had to listen to sine sweeps and parametrically equalize the peaks at 3.8 and 6.8 kHz further. The rather poor channel matching above 2 kHz also worsened the result. These could be made tolerable, but never trustworthy nor pleasing.

 

They also needed an amplifier now, after -10 dB pre-amp gain.

 

I then came across Mr Rin Choi's Stax measurements, and discovered that the audio transducer had essentially been perfected with the SRM-Monitor. And so I'll buy the 3170 and convolve it with the ED-1 FIR. I might also experiment with a bass boost to fit the Olive-Welti target response. It's an expensive purchase, but what is a lifetime of pleasing listening worth?

post #1933 of 2967
Good luck i suppose, but the 307 is especially edged.
post #1934 of 2967

No evidence to indicate the ED-1 wouldn't effectively compensate the 307.

 

Besides, thirty years have passed. Computers are now ubiquitous, and PEQ is free, lossless and offers complete control. It surprises me that so few people use it. Everyone seems to prefer buying and ebaying endlessly.

post #1935 of 2967

Just a random though, are people who have their Stax lose balance or other strange issues using NOS DAC's? Last week I had a non-band-limited noise tone from a faulty grounding out of a PC sound card going through my headphones at reasonably good volume for about half an hour before I noticed (didn't have them on at the time), and they went completely unstable and the charge balance was totally weird for the whole night but they eventually returned to normality by the next day.

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