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post #2521 of 3323
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Yea dude! I think I'm done. Well, er, that is, after the KGST. Haha.

But I am excited about the 009, they really left an impression on me when Daly sent them down.
Alright, two more things to do: get the 009 and Geoff's KGST!
post #2522 of 3323
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Alright, two more things to do: get the 009 and Geoff's KGST!

We'll see how good the KGST turns out to be. Still waiting on more of Birgir and Kerry's impressions on it.

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Thanks, everyone. I think I'll start with the 232S so I can start using the 009s immediately, then investigate getting a KGSSHV over the next few months (since I imagine it takes a while).

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Where the KGST can be buy ?

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Originally Posted by marcoarment View Post
 

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

 

I wish I had an answer to that, as I never had a chance to try the 009s with one of the less-expensive Stax amps. However, I did have the opportunity to listen to an original SR-Omega driven by the 323, and it was excellent. I don't know how the Omega sounds out of a BHSE or Liquid Lightning or KGSS, but there was nothing wrong with the sound of the 323.

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Originally Posted by Hun7er View Post
 

Where the KGST can be buy ?

It's another DIY build.

post #2527 of 3323
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post
 

As I said earlier, I have an SR009 with a stock 007t/ii with NOS RCA cleartop 6fq7 tubes that I installed myself and it is very good, so good that I don't have the upgrade bug for a new amp.

It's cheap, available, has a small profile, and if you don't like it, pretty easy to sell and move on with limited dollar loss.

I've got a Pinnacle amp with flagship phones, and the Stax setup is sort of top of the heap, with amazing insight, tonalilty, and most important, non-fatiguing upper mids and highs.

The bass is rock solid and beautifully transparent, if not as deep as Audezes, say, but it's so high quality I don't miss it.

I'm sure a BHSE is better, but the sound I'm getting is so right I'm leaving well enough alone.

Those RCA tubes make a big difference. 

I had a long talk with Stax USA and they recommended this approach.

 

I completely agree as I had the opportunity to hear a 007tII retubed, though don't know which tubes but it was very good. A little less dynamic than the 727 but more meatier and less harsh on high volume

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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

It's another DIY build.

 

Seems very interesting. Which diyer already did this ?

post #2529 of 3323
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Originally Posted by Hun7er View Post
 

 

Seems very interesting. Which diyer already did this ?

Of course, Birgir -- and Kerry has one up running. Geoff is also making boards for a group buy. You can better familiarize yourself with the KGST over at the other place -- not the one with the retarded pirates. 


Edited by paradoxper - 6/9/14 at 10:46am
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Okay I understand as I'm member of the forum. 

For me this amp seems very interesting as I live very much the SR007TII retubed. But if it can provides more dynamic and openness it will be awesome !

post #2531 of 3323
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Originally Posted by Crashem View Post

Also, headinclouds built one too. Go to post #400 on link below. I think it was 10.3 inches by 9.5 inches by 7inches or so.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/582131/is-anyone-building-the-kgsshv/390

(Edited to include forgotten link)

Thanks Crashem for remembering that.  I did set out to make the smallest KGSShv I could. We nicknamed it the Cube. I am building one for me and one slightly different for anyone who would like it.

 

This will have a silver anodised FP and a black case.  It will be the only one.

post #2532 of 3323
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Originally Posted by marcoarment View Post
 

Thanks, everyone. I think I'll start with the 232S so I can start using the 009s immediately, then investigate getting a KGSSHV over the next few months (since I imagine it takes a while).

Do you mean 323S? Or 252? If the latter I would add my voice to those suggesting AGAINST it. The 252 tiny amp capable of powering the more easily driven Lambda headphones.

 

The SRM-323S is the minimum I use to drive my 007s. I have also tried the SRM-727 amp, and I find it to be a bit better in the bass, and capable of handling XLR if you have a balanced DAC. I have not tried any of the more expensive amps so I cannot comment directly.

post #2533 of 3323
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Originally Posted by headinclouds View Post

Thanks Crashem for remembering that.  I did set out to make the smallest KGSShv I could. We nicknamed it the Cube. I am building one for me and one slightly different for anyone who would like it.

This will have a silver anodised FP and a black case.  It will be the only one.

That amp is sexy and almost small enough to run portable smily_headphones1.gif. Throw a few car batteries on it and we have a transportable electrostat option circa first compaq portable. I actually did close up on that picture for first time. Is the writing on that amp recessed with the white lettering or raised white lettering. Either way I like the white with the silver.
post #2534 of 3323
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Originally Posted by Crashem View Post
That amp is sexy and almost small enough to run portable smily_headphones1.gif. Throw a few car batteries on it and we have a transportable electrostat option circa first compaq portable. I actually did close up on that picture for first time. Is the writing on that amp recessed with the white lettering or raised white lettering. Either way I like the white with the silver.

At the request of the buyer the original was anodised gold and engraved so silver shows through.  For the final one I was planning on silver FP and engraved so silver shows.  Subtle.

post #2535 of 3323
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At the request of the buyer the original was anodised gold and engraved so silver shows through. For the final one I was planning on silver FP and engraved so silver shows. Subtle.

Hi Geoff
I reckon (if you wanted to keep going on KGSSHV builds) you could sell more of those cubes. There is nothing like it out there.
A very original idea and it looks great.
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