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  1. AthenaZephyrian

    Review by 'AthenaZephyrian' on item 'Burson Audio Supreme Sound Opamp V5i'

    The Burson V5i is lovely looking op-amp, and, by all accounts, contains some impressive technology. Unfortunately, the amplifier I have, the Little Dot I+, supplies 3.7V of the recommended 5V minimum. It's generally better to operate closer to the voltage maximum than minimum, let alone below...
  2. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Awesome. Is it normal to occasionally get a bit of a clicking noise when pressure is applied to the driver housing or the headphones are put on? It sounds like the diaphragm pushing up against the charges grate or something. Just wanted to make sure I don't need to be worried. Hmm. Well...
  3. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Hopefully they are like the Lambdas. Enough of them survive to ebay age that they seem surprisingly sturdy.
  4. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Anyone happen to know what the chances of a driver failure/tear are in the L300 headphones? I get neurotic about these things after having 2 HE400i driver failures....and I know these use a thin membrane. I'd imagine that the fact that the distance between the tro stator grates is so small...
  5. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    That's fair. The old caps really congested the sound. I think I have one of the early units, and the previous owner used the thing a ton, so they were on their last leg, which probably explains the magnitude of the change. I did an extensive side-by-side of my HE400i and the L300 before hand...
  6. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Well, you're gonna get some harmonic distortion from the scratches, and change FR ever-so-slightly. I think they'll still function, though, and will sound reasonably close to the original.
  7. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Ok, thanks anyhow :)
  8. AthenaZephyrian

    What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.

    Starry Starry Night--Vince McLean Eblouit Par Par La Nuit--Zaz Driftwood--Travis Vindicated--Dashboard Confessional I Feel Exhausted--Everyone Everywhere Lipton Witch--Sunny Day Real Estate Bruise Pristine--Placebo Plainsong--The Cure Love Will Tear Us Apart--Joy Division
  9. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    What's your opinion on the SRM-1 Mk2, when modern caps are installed? How does it stack up on the scale of stax amp awesomeness? And thriftiness lol.
  10. AthenaZephyrian

    CAROLINAS CanFest 7 SUNDAY March 31st, 2019

    I'm probably in. Just need to figure out transportation :) I can bring my stax ^-^
  11. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    I'd say you should try anyway...but it's a tougher-than-average job. They bent the pins of the big caps, and you'd need pliers, a solder sucker, and high-wattage iron to get em out. You'd also need either a multimeter or really good ears to balance the amp after you recap. I ended up going...
  12. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Just recapped the SRM-1 Mk2. Sounds sooo much better. Before it sounded like my HE400i with a different FR...but now...damn. Very impressive. Apparently, it's time to invest in a DAC of good quality. Anybody have suggestions? I'm hoping to keep it under $300. Used is fine.
  13. AthenaZephyrian

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    that it is! I used to have an Alien and an AL85, but both of them had problems with faulty microUSB ports.
  14. AthenaZephyrian

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    In true Stax form, ugly as hell, looks like a part that fell out of a 90's computer tower, but a great sound.
  15. AthenaZephyrian

    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

    Stax L300>>HE400i>>ATH-MSR7>Soundmagic HP200
  16. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Spritzer is from...iceland I think.
  17. AthenaZephyrian

    The Entry Level Stax Thread

    Just got the L300's in from an ebay supplier Japan. Left headphone clicks a bit when the cable is moved--rubber against plastic, not a driver problem I think; I got a squaretade warranty anyway. But the sound is amazing. Worth the money easily.
  18. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Dude, we need to lock this thread down, dismantle the server, and store it underground, in a bunker. You're gonna cause an economic apocalypse with talk like this.
  19. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Just got the Stax L300. The difference is more subtle on the track I first demo'd than moving from dynamic Soundmagic HP200's to planar 400i's, but the difference is so much bigger on detailed tracks. It's extremely impressive, especially for the price. Worth my money and then some.
  20. AthenaZephyrian

    Review by 'AthenaZephyrian' on item 'Gemtune PA1502A APPJ'

    The Gemtune (string of numbers) is a nice, sleek, "made by apple"-looking tube amp. It's classy, and produces a classy sound. It needs some tube rolling to sound its best, but it's beautiful. I acquired this amp from a friend, to customize and send back. We plan to steampunk it, and fiddle...
  21. Gemtune PA1502A APPJ

    Gemtune PA1502A APPJ

    Tube: 6N4 + 6P6PX2 Input: RCA Jacks Input Impedance: 10K ohms Input Sensitivity: 800mV Output: 6.3mm Jacks Output Impedance: 8 to 600 (Japan Z11-EI48 * 24 Output Transformers) Output voltage: 18Vp-p Frequency Response: 30-30Khz (+ -1db) Input AC Voltage: 100-250V AC Power Consumption: 27W AC...
  22. AthenaZephyrian

    Share your DMP (digital music player) screenshots!

    Images didn't appear to carry over properly.
  23. AthenaZephyrian

    Little Dot I+ tube and op-amp rolling + recommendations given

    Just tried a new op-amp. The LME49720NA. Sounds very clear, has a slightly larger soundstage than the AD823, outputs enough current to run my HE400i's comfortably, has tight bass, very clear, slightly forward mids, and displays what sounds like a satisfactorily fast transient response. This...
  24. AthenaZephyrian

    Powerful de-clipper/dynamic range decompressor VST plugin (foobar compatible)

    It does actually work a lot like what you mention! It just won't restore it quite as well as simply re-recording or re-mastering from raw. It's a fabulous plugin, aside from the glitches...
  25. AthenaZephyrian

    Powerful de-clipper/dynamic range decompressor VST plugin (foobar compatible)

    I was kidding. Re-FLAC as in "turn back into FLAC". It's probably useless for any FLAC file that hasn't been mastered by a drunk monkey--and those do exist.
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