Lambda question for the Stax mob
Jun 10, 2008 at 9:19 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10

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I'm currently really enjoying the Lambdas. I had them hooked up to my vintage Rotel previously which didn't make them sound that good, insufficient bass and too much treble.

I though lets experiment a bit so I hooked them up to my T-amp. They sound much more balanced, still a little bit bright but the bass is great, mids could be a little better especially vocals lack some smoothness. The soundstage, speed and transparency are of course incredible.
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Bearing this in mind, could you give me any advice for an amp, or another Stax model to address the points of criticism I mentioned?
 
Jun 10, 2008 at 3:27 PM Post #2 of 10

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Hey, where is everybody? Are you guys smugling an illegal shipment of Stax earpads across the border or something?
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Jun 10, 2008 at 3:34 PM Post #3 of 10

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I've heard two different pairs of real Lambdas, in addition to my pseudo-Lambdas, and I am always surprised when people describe them as "a little bright". If anything, I think they have a rather mellow tonality. A little brighter than an HD650 perhaps, but off of the same stalk overall.

I tend to think of them as being rather bassy, too, but perhaps that's just me.
 
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I've heard two different pairs of real Lambdas, in addition to my pseudo-Lambdas, and I am always surprised when people describe them as "a little bright". If anything, I think they have a rather mellow tonality. A little brighter than an HD650 perhaps, but off of the same stalk overall.

I tend to think of them as being rather bassy, too, but perhaps that's just me.



I think their sound depends quite a bit on the amp they are connected to. On my Rotel they definitely sound too bright for my taste and lacking somewhat in bass. With the t-amp the bass is quite powerful and I have no complaints in that department, but highs can still be a bit aggressive to my ears and as I said vocals could sound a little smoother, a complaint which I think I have read before regarding the Lambda.
 
Jun 10, 2008 at 3:59 PM Post #5 of 10

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I think their sound depends quite a bit on the amp they are connected to. On my Rotel they definitely sound too bright for my taste and lacking somewhat in bass. With the t-amp the bass is quite powerful and I have no complaints in that department, but highs can still be a bit aggressive to my ears and as I said vocals could sound a little smoother, a complaint which I think I have read before regarding the Lambda.


I have no experience with non-pro Lambdas, but pro versions (5-pin connector) have all sounded bright to a varying degree - with the later versions being more then just a bit aggressive. May be if you find a warmer tubed amplifier for the job, you may improve your results (especially in the midrange).
 
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The SR-Lambda to me is quite bassy and a bit fuller sounding relative to the SR-Lambda Pro.

Perhaps tubes may be in your future?
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Thanks, I'll stay away from the Lambda Pro then.

I'm running the signal through my tube pre-amp/headphone amp before it goes through the T-amp and it does sound better like that than directly from the Lyrix USB DAC to the t-amp.
I guess a dedicated Stax tube amp is gonna be quite expensive?
 
Jun 10, 2008 at 4:32 PM Post #8 of 10

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Use a good class A MOSFET or JFET amp, like Pass Aleph. I tried tube amps and some were really nice with SR-Lambda / SRD-7 especially class A triode/ pentode amps with KT66 or EL34 or even 6C33C tubes.
 
Jun 10, 2008 at 6:15 PM Post #10 of 10

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Pure class A solidstate designs from Pass is the way to go IMO. Best with a nice tube or hybrid preamp with loads of voltage/gain ahead of it.

This would probably be pretty hard to beat for the price http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f42/fs...-k1000-327095/



Thanks! Can't afford to spend something like that right now. Trip to Japan next week and I want to buy some DSLR camera gear there.
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I will keep an eye out for what you and Faust2D suggested though.
 

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