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Thanks for the reply. I've actually been looking into the authorized dealers, and how the service process works. Outside of a few stories about the service by Yama's, it seems like anything bought new from the US shouldn't have any issues.

At this moment in time, I am a little more cautious when approaching stats than dynamics, as I don't have much experience with them.

I have however read great impression about the 2170 (and the Koss) here and on other sites, so most of my concerns at this point have been taken care of.
That's very impressive. Seems to fit my impression that Stax are for the most part well built.

 

FWIW I've heard Accutech is not too shabby on repairs or even the cost (they are the official Stax repair service) for old gear - they have bad communication I have read however.

 

My best advice is to choose wisely from the start.  I recently went on a Stax binge earlier this year and pretty much lost my hat on some gear when trying to re-sell.  People on ebay and HF in general these days not willing to pay as much even for well kept gear it seems.  What shocks me are those roulette specials (Untested, crappy pictures, clueless sellers) that pop up on ebay every now and then which people end up paying top dollar for.  I like to think I'm not an idiot when it comes to these things and I thought I did my homework but turns out I still got beat by the market.


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 6/4/14 at 3:41pm
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post

I send in two email requests to Stax USA, was thinking of buying a pair of 007mk2's or maybe even 009's. 

They never replied. 

Seriously?   The company gets bought and they don't fix the horrendous US customer service?

I'll never buy a Stax product until they straighten out their US distributor and it looks like they never will. 

I have these things in stock, but am currently unable to get more new product from the distributor. I dont know why.

Sr-007 is extremely reliable but sr-009 can have imbalance issues
Edited by justin w. - 6/4/14 at 4:50pm

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This is almost tempting to buy another SR-009. It'll go sell very quickly though at this price (approx USD$2917) :-

 

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I've got a pair of airbow SC-21 with imbalance issue. Despite using match pair of tubes on SRM-006ts, left side has to increase to marking on volume knob "1.5" on my SRM-006Ts, while the right side is at zero. Is it normal for this amount of offset?
Edited by okw3188 - 6/5/14 at 4:49pm
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Have you tried discharging the headphones (unplug headphones and touch bias pin)? That seems a bit much for a modern-ish Stax headphone.

 

With my vintage headphones, sometimes the offset will go away if you leave the headphones on long enough (about a day).

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Originally Posted by Tachikoma View Post
 

Have you tried discharging the headphones (unplug headphones and touch bias pin)? That seems a bit much for a modern-ish Stax headphone.

 

With my vintage headphones, sometimes the offset will go away if you leave the headphones on long enough (about a day).

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

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Just so there is no confusion Airbow is not Stax. They take Stax headphones and make a whole bunch of tweaks to them - don't know what all the changes are, but if there is an issue with them it is not a Stax issue. 

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Originally Posted by AnalogSavior View Post
 

 

Hmmm...as much I'd like to, I might have to pass on Stax right now.  The Koss with the warranty seems to be the better option for me at the moment.

 

Thanks for the replys.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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

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