Need some input from Stax aficionados ...
At one time, a very long time ago, I had a STAX SRS-3050II "Classic" system ... comprised of the Stax SRM-323II amp with the SR-303 "Lambda" earspeakers; it was a phenomenal bit of gear and I found it to be near perfect, equaling the speed and detail (perhaps more detail even) of my Stello HP100 amp and Grado GS1000 headphones.
I ended up selling it in a time when I needed money; I got $700.00 for it here in Houston, as a local sell. That was back in 2009. Since then, I've been using a Ray Samuels Raptor amp (with the same source, a MHDT Labs Havana/Stockholm) and the same Grado GS1000's.
I still rather enjoy my Raptor/GS1000's setup but have been getting the itch to revisit Stax, on one hand simply because I'm getting the itch and on the other hand because just speaking technically, the GS1000's can be nit picky with certain, treble emphasized music (mostly rock stuff that's mixed sort of hot in the treble already). But otherwise, especially with jazz, classical and certain electronic ... I love the GS1000's speed, bass, soundstage and detail.
But I remember the Stax being very similar, only butter smooth in the highs through just about everything I could throw at it and so I'm considering selling the Raptor amp and GS1000 headphones and looking for a deal on a Stax system.
What Stax combination would you recommend for about $1500 dollars US? Either used or new is fine. I'd want the kit that featured the fullest bass and most detail while being as extended, yet forgiving in the highs as possible. I've never heard one of the tube based amps and so can't speak towards those but I'm certainly open to such.
Thanks for any comments ...