Originally Posted by Nik
This if for the Stax Omega II + SRM 007t owners:
During these days I have here the Stax setup (a friend of Australia bought this from an italian guy and I'm testing it).
In comparison with the Qualia/RP010 I can see that for certain aspects they are "similar", as a general sound presentation.
But the Qualia has more bass and hi, more details, more dynamic, and you can have more volume level than the Stax. The Qualia/RP010 has a less colored sound and even a fuller sound than the Stax. In the comparison I can easy hear the tube sound of the SRM 007t. (GE 6sq7).
Just my two cents for those who have the Stax system... so you can have an idea of the Qualia performance.
also the part about the "electronic" signature of "lower end" headphones.
when you listen carefully, you can hear a signature that isn't natural.
I can imagine that the 4 "higher end" headphones ( Big O, omega 2, Qualia and r10)do everything better in that respect and sound way more natural(apart from personal preference).
But the biggest concern for me is the lack of good recordings!
i recently bought a new cd with wonderfull music but i was quite dissapointed with the quality of the cd. I have the feeling that the record companies see the cd/dvd-audio market as a massproduct and dump music on the streets.
The quality of the sound is getting worse and worse. Not to mention some companies that are selling cd's with mp3 music!
you would think with the new technologie the sound should get better for the cd's and dvd's but it's quite the opposite. the cd productions are cut in half and they make "music" in 2 weeks.