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post #2776 of 4005
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

I persinally prefer tubes with the 404 (or any Lambda), the 006 makes a very pair imho.

 

I've got the 006T but it doesn't self-bias so tube rolling is not for me. I tried the SR-407 with a SRM-323S and noticed harshness in the mid-range, especially with female vocalists. The SRM-323S I used was an imported version running at 230v instead of 240v so the sound quality may have been affected. The SR-404s are noticeably smoother and much more comfortable to wear than the SR-407s to the extent that the SR-404s will be my last Lambdas before upgrading to SR-007MK2 in a year or two.

post #2777 of 4005
I see. Biasing the amp should not be a major issue, I have no DIY skills AT ALL but I did it on the 007t :-)

As for the 404-407 comparison, the 404 are nice but to my ears are tonally unbalanced, they completely lack the lower octaves. Nice midrange, good for vocals or small ensamble, but not right for orchestral music for example. Had the chance to listen to them again recently and I still have the same idea.
The 507 (which I owned and should be fairly similar to the 407) have a deep and punchy bass instead, but most of the people seem to complain about their brightness.
Obviously this is only my opinion.
post #2778 of 4005
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

I see. Biasing the amp should not be a major issue, I have no DIY skills AT ALL but I did it on the 007t :-)
 

Weren't you scared of an electric shock? I'm still afraid of doing it myself with my T1...

post #2779 of 4005
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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

I see. Biasing the amp should not be a major issue, I have no DIY skills AT ALL but I did it on the 007t :-)

As for the 404-407 comparison, the 404 are nice but to my ears are tonally unbalanced, they completely lack the lower octaves. Nice midrange, good for vocals or small ensamble, but not right for orchestral music for example. Had the chance to listen to them again recently and I still have the same idea.
The 507 (which I owned and should be fairly similar to the 407) have a deep and punchy bass instead, but most of the people seem to complain about their brightness.
Obviously this is only my opinion.

I think Stax is reacting to the trend for brighter headphones. The SR-407 headphones had an undesirable harshness for certain tracks and the clamping pressure was a lot higher than my old SR-202s. Nevertheless, the Sennheiser HD-700s have a terrible treble peak. I would have thought most Stax headphones could cope with orchestral music.

post #2780 of 4005

The lambdas are mostly decent with orchestral, varies a bit from model to model, but generally they lack in soundstage and just do some other types of music better, like chamber music.

post #2781 of 4005

Lambda Signature and Lambda Normal are amazing with orchestral music, IMO, FWIW, YMMV, OFC.

post #2782 of 4005
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Originally Posted by dukeskd View Post
 

Lambda Signature and Lambda Normal are amazing with orchestral music, IMO, FWIW, YMMV, OFC.

One of these days, the usual disclaimers are going to be longer than our opinions :biggrin:

post #2783 of 4005
Can't speak for lamba NB but LS lacks in soundstage IMO. Else it sounds very good, great air.
post #2784 of 4005
Very different opinion :-) I think the soundstage is good but they simply lack the impact of the double basses and cellos...the tonal balance is clearly 'on the left' where we usually have violins. Try to listen the start of Mahler's second
Edited by realmassy - 7/20/14 at 11:09pm
post #2785 of 4005
Imaging is great but soundstage size is rather small and I have a hard time getting past the sensation that I have drivers next to my ears.
post #2786 of 4005

Entry level / budget PC set-up :

SR-009 and BHSE included. Indeed.

 

Ali

post #2787 of 4005

Is the sigma worth getting? Which one is the best to look for?

post #2788 of 4005
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Originally Posted by troymadison View Post

Is the sigma worth getting? Which one is the best to look for?
For the price it tends to cost, I'm not sure. Pro sigma or even better 404 sigma. Normal bias sigma is also fine I suppose. I have that one. Anyway the sigma is pretty coloured, be aware of that
post #2789 of 4005

I unfortunately have to sell my SR-407. They have some (rather worn) leather pads from the 404LE/507 and are in really good condition otherwise.

 

What do you guys think they're worth? I looked around and couldn't find a single example of a price listing for a pair.

post #2790 of 4005

So do you have personal experience of using both the Sigma Pro and normal bias Sigma?

 

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post


For the price it tends to cost, I'm not sure. Pro sigma or even better 404 sigma. Normal bias sigma is also fine I suppose. I have that one. Anyway the sigma is pretty coloured, be aware of that
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