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Stax SR-009: Best Headphone Ever Made? - Head-Fi TV, Episode 008

Discussion in 'Head-Fi Network & Industry News' started by jude, Jun 28, 2011.
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  1. rocksteady65
    For what they do, they certainly are. IMHO, of course...[​IMG]
  2. Smasha
    Car-insurance costs,registration,maintenance,fuel,parking,speeding fines.
    I guess if you love your audio,the price is not that bad especially if it's THE BEST.
    I'd feel guilty as hell buying it though.
  3. Smasha
    I suppose you would not really need a car in Japan?
    Small country and high speed trains.
  4. Smasha
    How do they go against the Plantronics 367s?
  5. Tgtr0660
    I want one day to have a set of Stax Omegas, either the 007 or the 009. I have to say I'm not too sure I'll ever be able to afford the 009 with the type of equipment it needs. Two questions: 
    1. Is it THAT much better than the 007? 
    2. Do you REALLY need a 5000$+ amp to make it work? What about Stax 2000 offerings? 
  6. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Here are my 2 cents...
    1.) Yes! I have the SR-007Mk1s right here and enjoy them thoroughly, but there are no questions in my mind that the SR-009s are the best I've heard and worth the price difference for me.
    2.) I wouldn't go any lower than a KGSS for them. Great combination. Yes, they do get better, but anything lower I wouldn't recommend (including any of the current Stax amps or LL Mk1).
  7. Jd007
    Would you take a pair of dynamics or orthos driven by a great amp (eg GS-X mk2, DNA Stratus etc) over the SR-009 on a lower end amp?
  8. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Nope...I still much prefer the SR-009/SRM727II over my HD800/GS-X mk2 combo. 
  9. Jd007
    Thanks MH, that's good to know. I've been considering the SR-009 recently. I really don't want to give up my dynamic/ortho cans though, as they are a lot less tied down to my home setup (I can bring them anywhere and plug into a portable amp and they'll sound great). So I guess I'll probably eventually move in the direction you did, getting the stax in addition to my other cans instead of replacing them.
    Edit: also, if you were to rate them, how close would you say the HD800 is on the GS-X mk2, compared to the SR-009 on say the KGSSHV? Just trying to get an idea of how much I'm missing.
  10. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Here's a little story. A good friend (baka1969) is a huge HD800 fan and loves them to death. I agree that they are incredibly clean and impressive sounding headphones (as I too am a big fan). He came up to Toronto this past summer and got to hear my HD800/GS-X MK2 and SR-009/KGSSHV and in his words: "there is no comparison, I always thought I was hearing it all with the HD800s and apparently I was wrong".
    I've had them for 1.5 years now and I am still in that new toy syndrome phase. [​IMG]
    landroni likes this.
  11. Jd007
    Thanks for the info. I'll wait for my GS-X mk2 for now to hear my regular headphones at their best, then maybe move on to stax later.
  12. arnaud Contributor
    Best is to find a way to listen to them at meet jd007. Also what music genre and levels do you listen at? It relates a lot to people's appreciation or lack thereof of the 009.
  13. Jd007
    yeah i'll definitely try to listen to them at a meet. however i am very skeptical of meet conditions, its not quiet, and you usually dont get a lot of time on the equipment. i find i usually need at least few days at home to know if i really like something. i listen to pretty much all genres, from pop to electronic to rock to classical, and i usually listen at moderate volumes (quieter than most i would say, i dont like too loud)
  14. jackskelly
    I would have to say right now that they are the best headphones I've ever heard. It has the best transducers I've ever heard. I've heard the Acapella Triolon Excalibur speakers in a great system, this one:
    That system is truly great sounding, but the SR-009s are much more resolving and more detailed. The speakers best the headphones in terms of soundstage and realism, being the closest thing to having a band playing in your living room, but the SR-009s deliver a comparable and intimate sonic experience at a fraction of the cost.
  15. eric65
    Stax SR-009: Best Headphone Ever Made?
    The truth is seems to make it different.
    To my great regret, this is apparently more the case, if one believes this latest review, very explicit in the subjective comparison of the Abyss with the 009 : http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/abyss-ab-1266-planar-magnetic-headphones/
    The protesters on the supremacy of the Abyss on the others headphones (including myself) would be in error...
    Perhaps it is to be welcomed?
    The wheel turns...
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