The Stax SR-L500 and SR-L700 Impressions Thread
Aug 3, 2021 at 4:23 PM Post #1,666 of 1,669

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According to Michael T the L700 "sounds a little flat with the SRM-007tA." (it seems he listened to the two in the Tokyo festival) but if you already have one it may be the best option.
The 353X is very good, especially if we consider the price, but I doubt if everything considered (detail, tone, control) it will be better than the 007t, and even if it is, the difference is probably very small and you already have the 007t. Considering more expensive amplifiers isn't probably a sensible option because after a certain price the cost of the 009 is only a fraction of the overall system, and it is a better headphone.
Maybe someone has the L700 paired with the 007tA and can give you a good opinion about the combination. Where are you located?
Let the SRM-007ta warm up for at least an hour on standby, after 2 hours of playing they are at the optimum with my 007mk2 and sound magnificent
 
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I'm entering the Stax Universe with an L700 shortly. My question concerns driver matching. Preference would be for Stax brand and new (for warranty). Definitely no DIY. Here are my three locally-available options, all priced before negotiations:

1. 353X for $1,090.00 ($1,499.00 AUD)
2. 400S for $1,520.00 ($2,100.00 AUD)
3. 500T for $1,740.00 ($2,400.00 AUD)

Has anyone heard all three paired with the L700? Which did you prefer, and why? What are the sonic characteristics of each? I'm not interested in upgrading from the L700, so potential future matching with higher tier Omega models is not an issue to be considered.

Thanks in advance!

Nathan
 
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Aug 25, 2021 at 5:22 AM Post #1,668 of 1,669

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I'm entering the Stax Universe with an L700 shortly. My question concerns driver matching. Preference would be for Stax brand and new (for warranty). Definitely no DIY. Here are my three locally-available options, all priced before negotiations:

1. 353X for $1,090.00 ($1,499.00 AUD)
2. 400S for $1,520.00 ($2,100.00 AUD)
3. 500T for $1,740.00 ($2,400.00 AUD)

Has anyone heard all three paired with the L700? Which did you prefer, and why? What are the sonic characteristics of each? I'm not interested in upgrading from the L700, so potential future matching with higher tier Omega models is not an issue to be considered.

Thanks in advance!

Nathan
Nathan,

I personally would get the 353x if you're just going to stick with the L700. I have heard it with the L700 and think they are a great pair. In addition, I think the point of diminishing returns will be the 353x. It sounds almost identical to the D50 to my ear, will be more reliable, and will be plenty to drive the L700 to their full potential without wasting money that could be better spent on something else.

I will warn you, however, once you get used to the L700, you might find the lack of sub-bass to provoke an itch for you to want to upgrade. Once your ear is trained to electrostats, everything else sounds slow, heavy, and veiled, to the point where listening to another can you once enjoyed will not be the same experience it once was. This is where the 007 and 009 come into play, but you will need to spend significantly more on an energizer for them. I started with the L300 w/ L700 pads, upgraded to the L700 MkII, and while I loved the L700, I had to upgrade to the 009 + KGSSHV Carbon for their improvements and am now very happy with my setup and what it can do that the L700 can't.

Good luck!
 
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Sep 8, 2021 at 4:24 AM Post #1,669 of 1,669

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After bit longer testing with the L700 pad mod i found out that even if the mod gives you bit wider soundstage it messes up the imaging (a lot) on in and also make the sound nasally sounding. (Like its pumping the 1khz range up too much). Also it messes up the bass delivery, it loses the detail too much.
There could be way but i needs taking measurements of FR and the EQ it but i have no tools for it.

So i decided to not use any pad modding on L700.

(I thing the reason is that the opening towards drivers is not as big as on the original pads. That can issue some unwanted reflections inside the pads and drivers.
 

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