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post #2491 of 3292
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Originally Posted by milosz View Post
 

 

 

I have Koss ESP-950 and Stax Lambda Signature and SR-007 mk I's.

 

I like the 950's a whole lot. The Koss 950 is voiced differently than Stax, with a slightly richer midrange and a bit more bass impact. The ESP-950's highs are smooth and extended. There's lots of detail. Definitely an electrostatic level of clarity. But they do sound different from Stax.  That said, I feel that the ESP-950 sounds more like my SR-007 than my Lambda Signatures. I have recabled ESP-950's so I listen to them on all on the same amp - a Stax T-1.  However, the little Koss amp that comes with the ESP-950's doesn't sound all that much different.  Maybe a little less refinement, but overall the sound does not differ much from the T-1

 

My 2 cents worth:  Get the Koss. Get Stax, too, later on if you want.  A pair of Lambda's makes a nice contrast to the ESP-950's, you can get them used and you can make a plug adapter to drive the Stax off the Koss amp.

 

With the money you save over spending a ton on a high-end Stax rig, buy tickets for live music events- and try some different genre's- move out of your comfort zone:  try jazz, classical, chamber, world music, folk, blues, metal, trip-hop, hip-hop and alt rock......

 

Listening to headphones or speakers is nice, but live music is where it's at.

 

Thanks for the reply.  I think that is sound advice, and makes a lot of sense in my current situation.  And I agree, at the end of the day, you can't replicate going out to a concert.  Though I do wish I could control the volume at some of them.

post #2492 of 3292
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Originally Posted by okw3188 View Post
 

Thanks for the tip, will give it a try, over the weekend.

Tried to touch the bias pin with fingers, but the imbalance is still the same.

post #2493 of 3292

I wonder how many SR-5 versions do exist.

As far as I understand, there are regular SR-5 (white body, cloth cable, regular drivers), and different SR-5 gold (white body / cloth cable, black body / cloth cable, black body ribbon cable), all of them with SR-X/mk3 drivers.

Is that correct ?


Ali

post #2494 of 3292

Two questions for general discussion, all comments welcome: 

 

 

Is anyone using an SRM-323S with the 009's?  

 

 

Looks like a +$1k savings on 009's when ordered from Japan.   Can anyone who has gone that route comment on how that worked out for them? 

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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
 

Two questions for general discussion, all comments welcome: 

 

 

Is anyone using an SRM-323S with the 009's?  

 

 

Looks like a +$1k savings on 009's when ordered from Japan.   Can anyone who has gone that route comment on how that worked out for them? 

I'd like to know this, too. That's exactly the combo I'm eyeing.

 

I'm brand new to this world — how do people usually get these legitimately (with warranties, correct voltages, etc.) in the US? staxusa.com seems out of stock of both the 009 and the 323S. Woo Audio has the 009 for the "low" price, but no Stax amps. Elusive Disc has the 009s "in stock" but for about $750 too much, and the 323S as "special order" for about $200 too much. Sure, we're talking about investing nearly $6,000 in a single pair of headphones, but I still don't want to get ripped off.

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Originally Posted by marcoarment View Post
 

I'd like to know this, too. That's exactly the combo I'm eyeing.

 

I'm brand new to this world — how do people usually get these legitimately (with warranties, correct voltages, etc.) in the US? staxusa.com seems out of stock of both the 009 and the 323S. Woo Audio has the 009 for the "low" price, but no Stax amps. Elusive Disc has the 009s "in stock" but for about $750 too much, and the 323S as "special order" for about $200 too much. Sure, we're talking about investing nearly $6,000 in a single pair of headphones, but I still don't want to get ripped off.

 

 

Total for the amp from Staxusa and the 009's from Price Japan is $4300 and change. 

 

I don't mind paying more for imported goods, but a thousand dollars more on headphones?  These aren't 40 pound speakers or a big power amp we're talking about here.  If it was $500 more I could see it, but a grand?   That's iffy.  

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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
 

 

 

Total for the amp from Staxusa and the 009's from Price Japan is $4300 and change. 

 

I don't mind paying more for imported goods, but a thousand dollars more on headphones?  These aren't 40 pound speakers or a big power amp we're talking about here.  If it was $500 more I could see it, but a grand?   That's iffy.  

I ordered the 009,s on June 2..with EMS shipping & Paypal it came to $3550.00

How they ended up for you to be $4300-,I don't know

Unless,the yen went up a  by a huge margin..

 

By The By--I just got delivery on the 009's,this works out to be a 5 day delivery,from Tokyo to NY.--amazing,and I tip my hat to Kaneda,,for an excellent product and immediate delivery

 

Yes,this is a major invest ment for me as well

I sold all of my other Stax gear,to do this,but,man,am I in audio Heaven right now

Its end game for me,unless Kaneda comes out with the 0010's...then I'm screwed,and its divorce land for me.

 

Mike

post #2498 of 3292
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Originally Posted by mikek200 View Post

I ordered the 009,s on June 2..with EMS shipping & Paypal it came to $3550.00
How they ended up for you to be $4300-,I don't know
Unless,the yen went up a  by a huge margin..

By The By--I just got delivery on the 009's,this works out to be a 5 day delivery,from Tokyo to NY.--amazing,and I tip my hat to Kaneda,,for an excellent product and immediate delivery

Yes,this is a major invest ment for me as well
I sold all of my other Stax gear,to do this,but,man,am I in audio Heaven right now
Its end game for me,unless Kaneda comes out with the 0010's...then I'm screwed,and its divorce land for me.

Mike

That 4300 included the amp too.
post #2499 of 3292

As I said in the post - $4300 total for the 009's from Japan AND the 323S from Staxusa.  

 

So you get a warranty from Price Japan, you should have to ship it back to them?   

 

What is the warranty on Stax, anyway? 

post #2500 of 3292

Hi,

 

I have a SR-404 and a SRM-006T and wonder if there is any improvement in sound quality to be gained by changing the 006T to a solid state 323S. Occasionally I notice some distortion in MP3 files with the 006T but this may be an imperfection in the recording. I like listening to female vocalists, acid jazz and mixed popular music.

 

My intention in getting an older 006T was to try and control the harsh mid range of an SR-407 (recently returned). Incidentally, I have tinnitus so this may affect my hearing and I have needed to adjust the balance on the 006T to make sure the sound from the 404s is central in my head.

 

Various posts refer to solid state amps having greater 'speed' but I'm not sure what this means in a hi-fi context. Would a 323 produce a more detailed sound than the older 006T?

 

Has anyone changed from a 006T to a 323S / 323 II, and if so, any regrets?

 

Thanks,

 

 

Martyn

post #2501 of 3292
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
 

As I said in the post - $4300 total for the 009's from Japan AND the 323S from Staxusa.  

 

So you get a warranty from Price Japan, you should have to ship it back to them?   

 

What is the warranty on Stax, anyway? 

I believe it is 1 year,and,

Yes,you have to ship it back to Japan

 

Mike

post #2502 of 3292
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Originally Posted by marcoarment View Post

I'd like to know this, too. That's exactly the combo I'm eyeing.

I'm brand new to this world — how do people usually get these legitimately (with warranties, correct voltages, etc.) in the US? staxusa.com seems out of stock of both the 009 and the 323S. Woo Audio has the 009 for the "low" price, but no Stax amps. Elusive Disc has the 009s "in stock" but for about $750 too much, and the 323S as "special order" for about $200 too much. Sure, we're talking about investing nearly $6,000 in a single pair of headphones, but I still don't want to get ripped off.

Headamp has the 323 in stock and for the same price as Stax USA

http://www.headamp.com/order/
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Headamp is your best bet.
post #2504 of 3292
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Originally Posted by martyn73 View Post
 

Hi,

 

I have a SR-404 and a SRM-006T and wonder if there is any improvement in sound quality to be gained by changing the 006T to a solid state 323S. Occasionally I notice some distortion in MP3 files with the 006T but this may be an imperfection in the recording. I like listening to female vocalists, acid jazz and mixed popular music.

 

My intention in getting an older 006T was to try and control the harsh mid range of an SR-407 (recently returned). Incidentally, I have tinnitus so this may affect my hearing and I have needed to adjust the balance on the 006T to make sure the sound from the 404s is central in my head.

 

Various posts refer to solid state amps having greater 'speed' but I'm not sure what this means in a hi-fi context. Would a 323 produce a more detailed sound than the older 006T?

 

Has anyone changed from a 006T to a 323S / 323 II, and if so, any regrets?

 

Thanks,

 

 

Martyn

Try retubing the 006t with RCA 6fq7 cleartop tubes (if you can deal with rebiasing, which wasn't too difficult for me, and kind of fun, and I'm someone without electronics experience), It made a very big difference with my 007t/ii amp.

Also, maybe the distortion is from tubes going bad, as you said your amp was "older"...

post #2505 of 3292

Would it be complete sacrilege to get the 009 but "only" the SRM-252S amp?

 

I prefer solid-state to tubes, so that rules out most compatible higher-end amps. The 323S is probably what I'd otherwise get, but its depth won't physically fit well into my setup.

 

I'm sure there are differences, but are they likely to be audible to an audiophile-voodoo skeptic? Would the difference be likely to pass a proper ABX test, regardless of what you think of the value of ABX tests?

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