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STAX SR-009S new flagship electrostatic earspeakers released (with impressions)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by padam, Apr 20, 2018.
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  1. thomaskong78
    You are indeed lucky guy.

    My wife drive BMW 530 while I drive Mazda CX9 which works better for landscape photographer with more room for photography gear and 4 wheel drive.

    I had got some awards from Landscape Photography contest.

    I had spent more money on audio gear while my wife is interested in just upscale car (not fancy sports car).

    About 10 years ago, I used to drive Infiniti G35 which is a pretty nice sports car.

    But if I drive sports car, I tend to get speeding ticket, thus I had given up on it.

    I have no fantasy about sports car any more.

    Now it may be fair game.

    I also do house cleaning using vacuum in addition to some kitchen cleaning.

    My wife clean kitchen once a week since my work on kitchen is not up to her standard
  2. tumpux
    True, if you cook kitchen is the most important part of the house.
    I can have the rest of the house in tatters but my kitchen will always be spotless.
  3. Phil95
    Considering the latest posts… Should we start a new thread: "My Audio Gear and My Wife"?
  4. QueueCumber
    That could turn dirty real quick (I hope)...

    Perhaps eventually resulting in some equipment swapping.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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  5. thomaskong78
    I recommend you to try good power cables and XLR interconnect on your Carbon Amp rather than adding pre amp on it.

    Synergistic Blue power cable and Foundation interconnects give faster sound with more air.

    Analysis Plus power cable and interconnect will give more neutral and balanced sound.

    I have both Synergistic Blue and Analysis Plus cables.

    I prefer Synergistic Blue to Analysis Plus with more air and clarity.

    But other people may favor Analysis Plus.

    They cost around 600$ each.

    You may contact Cable company to audition both Synergistic Blue and Analysis Plus cables with your system.

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  6. BreadMaster
    Have you tried the Shunyata Venom HC white powah cables? Said to beat any power cable under $500
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
  7. thomaskong78
    Actually no.

    But I am happy with Synergistic Blue power cables in my system with fast and transparent sound.

    Choice of cable is dependent on system and personal taste.

    Thus it is best to audition them with your system.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  8. thomaskong78
    I used to use Analysis Plus power cables on Carbon headphone amp.

    Also Analysis Plus XLR cable between Dave and Carbon amp.

    I had been happy with balanced sound with good bass and dynamics.

    The only thing missing was some air, although it did not sound closed in but too polite to my taste.

    On Friday, I had replaced Analysis Plus power cables with Synergistic Blue and then the it sound slightly more detailed and nuanced with tighter bass.

    Then I replaced Analysis Plus XLR cable with Synergistic Foundation cable.

    Now it sounds faster with more air.

    Although it sounds pretty good with Analysis Plus cables, I am happy with the improvement brought by Synergistic cables.

    I think Dave and Mscaler, Carbon, 009S is really end game combination.

    I do not want more out of headphone.

    Some people favor T2 over Carbon on Stax 009S, but I am happy with Carbon right now with full and tight bass.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  9. Whitigir
    The thing is that once you hear the carbon, you thought it would be impossible to have something out there to be better . Heck even if you put Carbon, GG, BHSE against one another, the differences is so little, so I put them all on the same tier. But once you hear the KG-T2, you will never forget that sound :).

    Anyways, doesn’t matter howmuch you invested in your gears, if you are not satisfied then it is all going to be meaningless. So as long as you are satisfied, then that is already “priceless” by itself
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  10. thomaskong78
    I have 100K$ 2 channel audio system which has much better dynamics, details and deeper soundstage than Stax 009S combination,.

    I am happy with this Stax 009S combination as nuanced and intimate sound with decent air and dynamics.

    I expect to use 60% my time on 2 channel speaker and 40% on headphone or IEM.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  11. Whitigir
    Very different experiences, it is good to have both. But we all would crave for those 2 channels :wink:, so I agree with you.

    Enjoy the music !
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  12. walakalulu
    Funny how one’s tastes change over time. I built my 2 channel around a darTZeel power amp and the system isn’t too shabby. Now it all sits idle and I spend my time listening to the 009S via KGGG and a CD player. Just as detailed and all I miss is the gut thumping bass notes....
  13. thomaskong78
    I enjoy the intimate and musical sound from. my Stax009s.

    But with more dynamics, bass and 3D staging, I still prefer the sound of 2 channel to headphone most of time.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
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  14. buzzlulu
    Same here. Full blown TOTL Naim/Linn 2 channel system with 7k of records and 3k of CD's.
    009S/Carbon streaming Tidal via my Linn KDS gives me immense satisfaction.

    Several of us on the Naim forum (all with mega systems) also use Sony WM1Z with Utopia's/IEM's etc. for portable use and are equally blown away.
    Headphones and portable gear have come a long way :)
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  15. thomaskong78
    I am listening to "The Wall" by Pink Floyd through 2 channel speaker which go down to 20 hz (Lansche 4.1).

    As Stax 009s is good, it can not play "the wall" with enough dynamics.
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