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  1. AthenaZephyrian

    Introducing Hapa Audio's Top Of The Line KnØt IEM and Full Size Headphone Cable

    One can still make the furnishings by hand for a low price--that was (one of) my points--but I had assumed these were made in-house; as they are not, it's a different story. I suppose the intricacy of the cable is something to consider, though. It does seem fair to ask a decent compensation for...
  2. AthenaZephyrian

    Introducing Hapa Audio's Top Of The Line KnØt IEM and Full Size Headphone Cable

    Can't say I'm shocked; the truth is that good quality electrical conductors--cables and connectors--with excellent signal integrity can be made and obtained for reasonable prices. Edit: this doesn't detract from the quality of the cable, by the way. To the contrary, I'm saying that these are...
  3. AthenaZephyrian

    Introducing Hapa Audio's Top Of The Line KnØt IEM and Full Size Headphone Cable

    I think a lot of money could be made (looking at you, Hapa) by selling lower-end cables--maybe simple silver-plated copper, copper ribbon or "plain old, low tech, run of the mill [very pure] oxygen free copper"--with some pretty metal furnishing for a more attainable price (maybe $100/cable)...
  4. AthenaZephyrian

    Introducing Hapa Audio's Top Of The Line KnØt IEM and Full Size Headphone Cable

    I'm not one to invest heavily in cables, and I'm skeptical....but that aside, the differentially-blued damascene one is gorgeous!!! O_O my eyes popped out of my head. The hammered-looking metal ones are also neat. Love the heat-treating techniques.
  5. AthenaZephyrian

    New Flagship Electrostatic STAX SR-X9000 Now Available @HeadAmp!

    I saw recently that (in the US), per-capita savings rates skyrocketed for a number of periods over the course of the pandemic, and, though they have dropped again, there's a whole lotta people with an extra few grand (or more) sitting in bank accounts. It's probably a function of people having...
  6. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    I just got my grubby paws on a KGSS mini built by JR audio; upgrading from a refurbished/recapped SRM-1/Mk2 Pro. I don't know what kind of magical pixie dust they put in this thing, but I'm absolutely floored. It's like clearing your ears for the first time after a week-long head-cold...
  7. AthenaZephyrian

    Left channel hum...driving me crazy

    Not a bad idea. I'll have to scrounge up a pair of sacrificial RCA jacks. :imp:
  8. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    I've had an SRM-1 Mk2 Pro for about 4 years and it has served me and my L300s well but I recently acquired a pair of Nectar Hives, which I have heard scale quite well. I know the SRM-1 Mk2 Pro (while the best I could afford when I purchased it for $500) is only just barely a fair-to-midlands...
  9. AthenaZephyrian

    Comment by 'AthenaZephyrian' in item 'Nectar Sound Hive'

    Yes, they haven't gotten anything like the attention they deserve. I think they could offer a way for many more conventional headphone enthusiasts to get into estats... hopefully this will help bring them into the fore!
  10. AthenaZephyrian

    Review by 'AthenaZephyrian' on item 'Nectar Sound Hive'

    I bought the Hives about six months ago; I liked my STAX L300s, but wanted to branch out; I don't have the money to drop on a pair of SR-009s or SR-007s. I also did not wish to purchase a pair of L700s, as they are, from what I understand, not too terribly much better than the L300s--not worth...
  11. Nectar Sound Hive

    Nectar Sound Hive

    The Hives are an electrostatic headphone produced by the boutique manufacturer Nectar Sound.
  12. 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...
  13. AthenaZephyrian

    The Stax Thread III

    Hopefully they are like the Lambdas. Enough of them survive to ebay age that they seem surprisingly sturdy.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. AthenaZephyrian

    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

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

    The Stax Thread III

    Spritzer is from...iceland I think.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  22. 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...