I haven't heard Grado cans yet but before I bought the Staxes I had AKG K530 and the AKG's sound much more 'relaxed' than the electrostats. I also had DT990Pro 250Ohm in the past but I dumped them when one channel started to distort after 3 months of use.
The Vimak DT-800 is a quite old CD player from the 90's that was aimed at the hi-end market to compete with Wadia, Krell etc. The company went under quite rapidly after their totl model receiver a not-so-good review in Stereophile, sadly. It's a marvellous sounding player (warm with greath soundstage) equipped with 18 bit Motorola DSP and only Vishay BC and Panasonic FC/FM caps, it also weighs a ton due to diecast front panel and thick copper plated chassis.
I had to replace the drive a few weeks ago and made a couple of pics, they are not the best quality but they should give you an idea:
The Lambdas sound much better connected to the CDP, using Audioquest King Cobra interconnect than connected directly to my notebook which sound quite hollow and tinny compared to the CDP.
However I can still hear that little bit agressiveness in the sound. I wonder if it's the SRM-Xh's fault as I have the old version based on the original SRM-X.
Edited by martin778 - 6/27/14 at 1:34pm