The Entry Level Stax Thread
Feb 18, 2021 at 1:27 PM Post #3,256 of 3,298

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Never heard the 202s, but I have a pair of Lambda Nova Signatures. The LNS is head over heels better in terms of imaging, clarity and ease of presentation compared to the L300s, my only other reference point. I still haven't been able to figure out soundstaging on headphones compared to speakers, whether it's in the rear or front of my head.
 
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Hi, i got STAX lambda pro classics (with pad mod) and T1 amp with new tubes. What do you thing would be best option for upgrading from it to: L-300, L-500 or L-700?
 

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Jul 22, 2021 at 10:48 PM Post #3,261 of 3,298

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will SRM 252 drive the 007 MKI???

Yes, but not anywhere near it’s potential. The 007 is very hard to drive, you’re better off with a Kevin Gilmore amp if the expense is viable.
 
Sep 9, 2021 at 12:03 AM Post #3,263 of 3,298

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Hello all, I am awaiting my first pair of stax electrostatics. I rolled the dice and bought a used SR-X MK3 and an SRd-7. The headphones look to be in good shape and owner reports they work just fine. I figured with the srd 7 if there is a channel imbalance I can fix it on my AVA/Amp. Currently I do have a pair of drop Koss ESP/95x. and like them a lot. SHould I expect similar performance or better from the Sr-X mk3? At only $200 delivered I felt it was worth taking a chance on them - good decision?
 
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It depends on that particular copy, there are a handful of them which don't sound like they used to when they came out of the factory, either the coating has deteriorated or there are holes in the diaphragm causing a loss in efficiency and bass response. But the good ones are very good for the money, much more linear compared to the ESP/95x.
 
Sep 9, 2021 at 12:26 AM Post #3,266 of 3,298

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I have two copies now and I was quite surprised when I compared the two. I've sent the bad one for repair, it will cost more than what I paid for in the first place, but I am curious about how it will turn out. When they describe the SR-X Mk3 as 'exceedingly bright' they might just be listening to a pair that is in need of a refurbishment.

The Pro bias headphones seems to be much more resilient to aging (also more of them were used with a dedicated amp instead of an adapter when damage is more likely to occur). At least I tested three copies of the Lambda Pro and they were much more consistent.
 
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Hey guys, I'm ready to step into electrostats and want to spent 2kish or less. I've decided to try the 700s over the 300s because why not. Do you guys have a better recommendation over the 700's to start with? Do you recommend any DACs that are nicely paired which whatever energizer I get? Thanks for your help!
 
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Hey guys, I'm ready to step into electrostats and want to spent 2kish or less. I've decided to try the 700s over the 300s because why not. Do you guys have a better recommendation over the 700's to start with? Do you recommend any DACs that are nicely paired which whatever energizer I get? Thanks for your help!
Stax are worthy of very resolving dacs. Yggy, Holo, Denafrips, Chord, whatever you want to spend.
 
Oct 5, 2021 at 7:57 PM Post #3,270 of 3,298

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If I'm willing to throw 3 grand at my first Stax setup, what would you guys recommend including a DAC? Super curious as I'm still not able to make sense of the energizer lineup after much research. Thanks!

At $3000 for Stax, you are in the budget/must-make-compromises playground. (My hangout!) PM'ing you what I would do.
 

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