Can I ask all 009s owners!
I am very worried this morning. I spotted another post by realmassey about the dreaded 009 imbalance issue. He bought his pair only 3 months back from PJ.
I was told by Chester Audio in UK the issue was only the first batch in 2011, and was resolved.
I looked a bit further back, and many guys have had issues in the least 6 months with 009s less than 12 months old.
So, I am in a mess now. I love the 009 sound but can't justify £3500 on a phone that in 13 months 'may' become a paper weight. I am curious to know how widespread the issue is. I also think at this level Stax should give a lifetime warranty on the drivers, like many high end speaker manufacturers do (pending tests for abuse).
And would / does Stax replace a driver / drivers if the issue crops up outside of warranty. I mean, come on Stax the world most expensive headphone can become junk
in 13 months, this is ridiculous....
Can anyone shed some light on this?
I see you've posted on the other Stax imbalance thread already. I helped a friend pick up a Stax SR-009 in Jan last year and he noticed an imbalance issue. It was sent back to Stax and they replaced the drivers. I also helped another friend buy an SR-009 in June last year, tested it for about a week (or two?) and no problem cropped up so I sent it to him. As he's still waiting for his BHSE, he's not had a chance to test it I think.
I didn't have any problems with mine, nor did @Donnyhifi & @Wallabee. So out of 5x SR-009s bought in the range of Feb '12 -> Jun '13 that I'm aware of, 1 appeared to had imbalanced issue which appeared immediately (although deteriorated over the next few weeks) which was promptly fixed by Stax.
If you're buying the SR-009, hopefully you're having an amp to test it with rather than a lengthy wait for an amp before being able to test it. If so, get an interrim amp at least.