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Need help choosing Stax SR2170 vs SRS3170

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Hi,

 

I currently own a K701 driven by an O2 amp.

 

My desire is to upgrade to Stax (either the basic SR2170 or the SR3170). I know the Stax sound. My question is though how large the actual differences between the SR2170 and the higher Lambdas is? Is it a huge step-up or barely noticeable? I do not plan to upgrade to SR007 or SR009 anytime so I am trying to decide where the price/performance sweetspot in the Lambda range is. My musical preferences include Vocal, Jazz, Blues and Classical. Huge bass slam is not important for me. I am mainly after resolution and airy sound. Is it worthwile to choose the larger Lambda set given it has a better amp or is the basic system good enough?

 

Thanks for your help.

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Get the srm-323 at minimum, then look at the different lambdas. I find the 307 etched and a little hard in the treble when I audition it. I think you should get a 207 for a start.

I have yet to see any conclusive material or consensus on the higher models (3/4/507) being better than 207 technically speaking.

 

When you are established with Stax start looking for good deals on used stuff, especially the vintage stuff.

 

If you are up for it, the best thing you could do would be getting either an old srm-t1 or srm-1 mk2, perhaps with an earspeaker to boot, as they'll have both pro and normal bias output and are just as good as the newer stax amps but cheaper (t1 roguhly equals srm-006, srm-1 mk2 roughly equals 323 performance wise) and you'll have the opportunity to try out all the Stax stuff (new and old). 

 

Hope that helps

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