Hmm, wife or BHSE? Tricky call....
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I AM FROM ISRAEL
I WHANT TO BAY SR 009+SRM007TII / SRM727II
SR007 MKII+SRM007TII ONLY AS SET
THIS WHAT WE CAN BAY HER
HD 800/ T1
LUXMAN P-1U AND BCL
I WHANT OPEN DEEP WIDE AS HD800 VERY WELL BASS AND MID TO HER ALL THAT IS IN THE MUSIC
I LISEN TO MOZART OPERAS AND MORE SYENPHONY MAHLER BETHOVEN .........
HOW IS THE BEST FOR THAT KIND OF MUSIC
Great to have your impressions like this astro. So your 007 was mk2.5 and you didn't get to try mk1 or mk2?
I find it most telling:
So what I am reading is that it's more efficient to go 009 + 717 than it is to go 007 + BHSE... also that while both 007 and 009 benefitted greatly with the BHSE, the 007 improved more than the 009 improved hence the 717 should do a great job until funds permit...
I think similar things have been said in the past but still great to know.
Thanks for the review. I have had exactly the same reaction when comparing Stax headphones (007, 007mk2.5, 007mk1, 507): the 009 was head and shoulders above all of them in the exact way you describe. However, I am not sure any more the gap is that big. The new pads on my 007 mk1 made wonders, especially with the treble of the 007, and the soundstage width. It is not the slightestly tiny bit rolled off any more, but it's not etched either in any way, and it's better defined treble than the 009, which has a kind of light haze quality to it with Stax amps (perhaps cleared by the BHSE).
I may have an opportunity to compare with a 009 in 3 weeks time, then I could tell more. I also struggle with the same thing about the 009: I've always felt the 007 could sound better, and they do now, but the 009 is still out there, and how good potential _that_one_ might have? My wife is more tolerant with my hi-fi bug (and my headphones obsession is nothing compared to my speakers obsession), but she would say we should rather use the 009 money to go spend some time together in a nice place :). And she's probably right, as always, hadn't it been for the 009... :)
But if you are interested in getting the treble right with 007, it only costs you a little DIY by changing the pad foam to another one cut out from the active carbon filter (available in hardware stores as filter set for e.g. Vallox ventilation machines), and use it without the spring, and optionally without the cloth grill (much easier to assemble, too). For improved sound stage, follow the full mod described in http://www.head-fi.org/t/677809/the-stax-thread-iii/2310#post_10536905, which makes the inner opening bigger.
Since you are also in EU, I could even send you my current pads if you promise I'll get them back :), to try them out and do the comparison with the 009. Looks like I can trust your judgement as well as mine. The question is not whether is it becoming better than the 009, since it will be still different, but how close does it get.
I think it was Asr how said earlier as a compliment to the TH900 that the 007 mk1 is about 5% better than a well driven TH900 (both in stock form), but having both (with modified ear pads) I can say the difference is more than that, and although IMHO the modded TH900 is currently the best dynamic headphone, but is still bested by my 007 especially in the treble and sound stage, exactly where you find the stock 007 lacking.
The GES or WES are not popular options for TOTL Stax.
As far as I can tell, two things were changed at this point: the 009s and the Psvane EL34PHs.
IMO, the PHs would have given a significant contribution to the above sound improvement that you experienced - irrespective of the headphones under test.
A better comparison would have been to change only one thing at a time. I realise there may not have been enough time to try every combination, but it has left a question mark nevertheless.