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post #2326 of 2948

So I had quite the scare this weekend. I came home from work and found out my Stax setup wasn't responding when I pressed play. After some panic I found out it was the dac. I don't think it's too serious as it turns on and led inside the dac turns on but I'm going to contact a local audio repair shop and get an estimated quote. I might also see if they can upgrade the chassis to something higher quality while I'm at it.


Edited by rawrster - 5/12/14 at 7:38am
post #2327 of 2948

I thought it was an "RCA" wire

post #2328 of 2948

I bought a rca to mini to see if it was the dac or my amp/headphones as the only other dac I own is a Concero HP. I connected that to my SRM717 which did look a bit silly considering how small that is compared to the amp. 

 

I'm not too worried about it. The original builder is a well known DIY'er and willing to take a look at it if I want to do overseas shipping which I'm not sure about yet since shipping alone will be over $100 round trip. A local audio hifi repair shop will be able to give me a quote so I'll see if it's worth it from there.

post #2329 of 2948

Excellent,

Your still welcome to do any further testing on my setup,if needed.-ok?

 

Mike

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I feel sleazy for saying this but just when I thought I've gotten my rig finally dialed in I go and get bitten by the Stax bug pretty hard to the point that I'm letting go of a big chunk of my dynamic rig.    If anyone's looking for a Headamp KGSS in DX size please let me know!


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 5/12/14 at 4:18pm
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post
 

I feel sleazy for saying this but just when I thought I've gotten my rig finally dialed in I go and get bitten by the Stax bug pretty hard to the point that I'm letting go of a big chunk of my dynamic rig.    If anyone's looking for a Headamp KGSS in DX size please let me know!

LOL,Join the club

I sold every HP & amp I had ,along with some very expensive Leica & Zeiss camera lens ,to finance my Stax rig

Now,I'm upgrading to the 009,& as stated above,my wife will begin slowly removing some of my most treasured body parts,and is now threatening the ups/fedex delivery men too

 

Enjoy,you are now at endgame-congratulations..

 

Mike

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Many who venture into Stax never go back smily_headphones1.gif I sold my dynamic rig after getting the O2
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Many who venture into Stax never go back smily_headphones1.gif I sold my dynamic rig after getting the O2

Dat's right!  Once you go Stax you never go bax!  :L3000:  I'm rocking my Lambda pros like it has never been rocked before.  :eek: 

 

Except my Orthos, I go bax to my orthos at times.  You should consider testing out the Orthos waters.  It will make you fall in deep.  :biggrin: 

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Originally Posted by Lornecherry View Post

Mike, are you saying that the 009 sounded better with the 007a, or your Justin modded 727? The reason I ask, is also have a Justin modded 727 (with Omega 2.5s)...and was wondering if the jump to the 009 is significant with the 727...since it may be a while before a Blue Hawaii finds its way here.

All I know is that at the Woo audio demo a year or 2 ago he had an SR007 and and SR009 for a direct, real-time A/B comparison. I first tried the SR007 and thought to myself, "these are pretty nice, but I kind of like my HD800s and Audezes better."

Then I switched over to the SR009s and said, OMG, I've never heard anything like this from a phone-- so genuine, so startling, I've got to get these. Now I own them.

 

If you have a BHSE, you really owe it to yourself to try (meaning buy) an 009 for it (though I never heard this combo, I would still do it on faith if I had such an amp).

I'd trust Tyll and Peter here.

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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

Dat's right!  Once you go Stax you never go bax!  :L3000:  I'm rocking my Lambda pros like it has never been rocked before.  :eek: 

 

Except my Orthos, I go bax to my orthos at times.  You should consider testing out the Orthos waters.  It will make you fall in deep.  :biggrin: 

I've had orthos too :) The only one to my taste was the HE6 and while it was very nice I'll still take my O2. The only upgrade I can do is getting a KGSSHV amp since I'm not a fan of tubes. The SR009 doesn't sit right with me for some reason so that's nothing something under consideration for me. 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Many who venture into Stax never go back smily_headphones1.gif I sold my dynamic rig after getting the O2

Except I've had the o2 and a Kgss for the past several years without too much use !!

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Many who venture into Stax never go back smily_headphones1.gif I sold my dynamic rig after getting the O2

 

Similarly, I sold my HD 800 just recently. It just wasn't getting much listening, almost none at all, after getting the 009s paired with a good amp and setup. I could possibly see a point in the future though where I'm thinking about the Orpheus or Abyss, or maybe even great speakers eventually, but for now I'm quite content with the 009s :).

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The 009 certainly improves in some areas over the 007 like extended frequency extremes and soundstage. Its really difficult to describe verbally how the 007Mk1 compares to 009. Some say its a dark sounding headphone, personally I wouldn't describe it that way. Its more that it doesn't draw attention to itself with exaggerated bass or lit up treble. Its a very organic, natural and integrated sound, not the immediate wow factor but the more you listen the more you realise just how great a headphone it is IMHO.

Many thanks, you post has helped me quite a bit.

It is a nice position to have both the 007s and the 009s at home. I will have to trade in my 007s so the decision to do that will need to be thought through. My demo at David's is tomorrow, so as long as I don't drive him insane! I think I should come to a decision then. I agree, the 007 is a great headphone and also not a WOW as soon as you put it on. It reminds me of how I find the Audio Note DACs, at a demo they are nice but not jumping out at you. However, after living with them, I found I was listening to a LOT more music and forgetting the gear.

Stax for me really get to the heart of the music. I know some say they are 'cold' or 'not accurate' I don't find that,. but I do think they need smooth and possibly warm up stream gear to sing.
I call it system synergy for a better description, get is right and you are in heaven.

Don't you just love this hobby?
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post
 

I've had orthos too :) The only one to my taste was the HE6 and while it was very nice I'll still take my O2. The only upgrade I can do is getting a KGSSHV amp since I'm not a fan of tubes. The SR009 doesn't sit right with me for some reason so that's nothing something under consideration for me. 

I am still torn between my Audez'e LCDs and the 007mk1. To make peace with myself, I use the orthos in the office (tube amps) and the 007 mk1 (with the KGSShv) at home. Who says you can't have your cake etc etc :biggrin:

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When I first had my Audeze I was smitten with tem too and thought they compared to the 007Mk1 BUT after living with them for at least a year I realize the Stax are head and shoulders above them. For me the Audeze have a number of issues some of which are not immediately obvious.

They are heavy and uncomfortable to wear over a long period.

The soundstage is quite poor in comparison and there is not the layering within it like the 007MK1

The top end misses a lot of detail and is rolled off

They are not consistent, as after sampling several they were all slightly different from one to the other

The jury is still out regarding reliability

 

All in all I have fallen out of love with Audeze  :(    

 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

I am still torn between my Audez'e LCDs and the 007mk1. To make peace with myself, I use the orthos in the office (tube amps) and the 007 mk1 (with the KGSShv) at home. Who says you can't have your cake etc etc :biggrin:

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