Stax owners: How does it feel to go from a dynamic phone to a Stax setup?
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I was looking at the Stax setups and I realized that they are within my reach (budget-wise). I really enjoy my HD650s but since I am thinking of downgrading my amp from the GS1 to the Glite... I can spare money for a second set of headphones.

How does the Stax 2020 or the 3030 sound?
 
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COme on guys...
 
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There is a very high quality review of the 3030 vs. 4040 system at 6moons.com. He also uses the AKG K1000 for comparison.
 
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Originally Posted by Joey_V
I was looking at the Stax setups and I realized that they are within my reach (budget-wise). I really enjoy my HD650s but since I am thinking of downgrading my amp from the GS1 to the Glite... I can spare money for a second set of headphones.

How does the Stax 2020 or the 3030 sound?



Once I had the predecessor to the Stax 2020, a Stax Basic system.It's very similar to the current 2020.Now I own a 3030 system, and the difference is huge.I'd say skip the 2020.The difference between the 3030 and the 4040 is way smaller IME.
In comparison to your Senn the 3030 sounds faster, more effortless, better separation of instruments, but less forgiving when you listen to bad recordings or low bitrate MP3s.Headstage and perceived distance to the musicians is similar, the sound through the Stax seems to be a bit closer, but not Grado-like.
 
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Anyone else feel that certain Stax headphones (303 or 404) are superior to the HD650s?
 
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They are incredibly different. The Senns are fuller, richer probably more musical. The Staxs are fantastic in other ways, they have detail that is not to be believed, great bass and midrange, but very different. I have both the 650s and the Stax Lamba Signatures with the tube headphone, and depending on what I am listening to and what I am in the mood for, I will choose one or the other. They are just very different and both great in their own way.
 
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...but recently heard the Senn 650's. Loved 'em!

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Damn... no real way of telling if I like them unless I order a Stax setup.

Hmm....
 
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Joey V, I am in the same boat. Thinking of pulling the trigger on a 404/313 to compare with my HD-650's which are still breaking in. See my recent thread on this. Got a lot of great responses.
 
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I own both of these products. For heavy-duty music enjoyment, I prefer the STAX SR-404/SR-313 due to the instrument separation, soundstage, lushness, outstanding bass-treble extensions, and phenomenal detail. Having said that, I think the Senn's are also extraordinarily high-performance headphones. I simply stationed them in my TV room where I can now enjoy a movie late at night, at decent volume, without disturbing the rest of the house. I also have the Sony CD-3000, another terrific set of cans, which I use exclusively for my electronic gear (E-Drums, Malletkat, etc.).

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Originally Posted by Joey_V
I was looking at the Stax setups and I realized that they are within my reach (budget-wise). I really enjoy my HD650s but since I am thinking of downgrading my amp from the GS1 to the Glite... I can spare money for a second set of headphones.

How does the Stax 2020 or the 3030 sound?



Are you serious? Do you really have to ask? Get the Stax.
 
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I may be in a similar boat fairly soon. To pick up a pair of HD-650s, decent amp, and maybe a replacement cable puts you easily into Stax territory, as far as cost is concerned. I already know I like the Senn sound, I'm interested in the Stax but not entirely sure if I'd like them. The ideal solution is "both", but I don't have the scratch for that.
 
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I may be in a similar boat fairly soon. To pick up a pair of HD-650s, decent amp, and maybe a replacement cable puts you easily into Stax territory, as far as cost is concerned. I already know I like the Senn sound, I'm interested in the Stax but not entirely sure if I'd like them. The ideal solution is "both", but I don't have the scratch for that.


Elec,

Seeing that you are in Naperville, you should get the Stax and Ill take care of the Senns. Then we meet up and compare.
 
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LOL Unfortunately I forgot to update my profile, I've since moved to the D.C. area


But my main phones have been Senn HD545s for several years now and I like them a lot. I got a chance to spend some time with 650s at a Chicago meet a year or so ago and they're pretty much "more of same". I also got to spend a little time with a pair of O2s, but I don't feel comfortable making a buying decision based on that less than ideal audition, especially since I'd be looking at 404s which everyone and their dog says sound pretty different from the O2.
 
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