Originally Posted by n3rdling
It's a mental thing. Ever notice how the best performing amplifiers (i.e. can't knock them for their technical prowess) are only described as 'bright'? Can't think of any labeled as 'dark'.
I don't like amps described as bright or dark since it doesn't make sense to me...I think it depends on the load interaction between headphone and amp.
I've always wondered what Stax is using for voicing behind-the-scenes.
The only option in their pedigree that would be ostensibly comparable to aftermarket solutions would be the SRM-T2 but I can't fathom them maintaining a unit in-house for that long and making R&D/voicing judgments with it.
If (big if) one were to determine with complete certainty that the SR-009 was voiced with the SRM-727 for example, it would make a bit more sense. For one, the pairing doesn't have particularly offensive treble. Additionally, they still sell the SRM-727 so it would be sensible from a business standpoint as well In other words since the SRM-T2 is long gone now, it wouldn't make sense for them to design products with it when it no longer represents a viable source of additional revenue.
I have no idea if this was covered or disclosed in the Stax interview.
Edited by 3X0 - 5/6/14 at 5:59pm