The Stax Thread III
Mar 3, 2019 at 1:26 PM Post #17,311 of 21,499

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My disagreement with some hipsters at the adjacent breakfast table saying their digital guitar amp felt analog is what sparked my interest in HiFi Analog and Digital.
Being an a tech guy, someone saying analog is digital or vice-versa is like nails on a chalkboard.
Now that I have high-end gear, I can say that if you have good enough digital gear, it 'feels' as good as high-end analog..... buuuuut it will never be analog, and vice-versa.

I totally agree with you there, Analog is analog, and digital is digital. Each of them have a pros and cons, but only if you have a very very revealing high end speakers/heapdhones/amps, you will observe it. Otherwise, it is all about as confusing as confusion can get.
 
Mar 3, 2019 at 1:53 PM Post #17,312 of 21,499

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Digital gear always outputs analog.
 
Mar 4, 2019 at 3:36 AM Post #17,314 of 21,499

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Don't Spritzer's DIY kgsshv parts go for around $750 total? The BOM parts would add around another $300, right? Pretty sure the 727, even used, costs more than that.

Either way it does not make much sense to go after people who offer their hard work for free. I had to correct someone else who did not care for the price of the Pinnacle Ultra 2 recently.

K.G. and Pete along with Stax and classic Sennheiser are pretty impossible to beat regardless of what you spend.

At the same time I completely get where the posters are coming from and I think a few commercial headphone amp builders suck as well.
 
Mar 5, 2019 at 3:14 AM Post #17,316 of 21,499

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What newer Lambda sounds the closest to the 404 Limited...SR-507? Left driver is no longer functioning in any meaningful capacity at all on my 'new' 404 Limiteds... Listening to my L300 Limiteds and missing what the 404 Limited did already, though the L300 Limiteds are very nice - just not 404 Limited special. Will be modded the L300's to give them a better seal between pads and housing. Maybe the Kaldas RR1 will be something special though and be a 404 Limited equivalent replacement...seems to have great subbass measurements.
 
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Mar 5, 2019 at 4:22 AM Post #17,317 of 21,499

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I'm certain that a lot more people prefer the 404 LE over the 507 and that I read some where the SR-007 is the next best thing over the 404 LE.
I own both the 507 and 2 version of SR-007 MK1 and I prefer the SR-007 over the 507 by a large margin.
 
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Mar 5, 2019 at 4:43 AM Post #17,318 of 21,499

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I'm certain that a lot more people prefer the 404 LE over the 507 and that I read some where the SR-007 is the next best thing over the 404 LE.
I own both the 507 and 2 version of SR-007 MK1 and I prefer the SR-007 over the 507 by a large margin.

I am another one who prefer SR-404 (Signature) over SR- 507. I found SR-404 give more natural sound than SR-507 and the bass on SR-507 is too bloat for me.
 
Mar 5, 2019 at 5:39 AM Post #17,319 of 21,499

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The search for an affordable kgssshv has been impossible so I may ask you if an 717/727II can drive the 007 well enough or that's a no and better be patient until can afford one ?

Also what is the concensus on the lambda, is the L-700 better than older lamda models?
 
Mar 5, 2019 at 6:30 AM Post #17,320 of 21,499

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Also what is the concensus on the lambda, is the L-700 better than older lamda models?

I only own 2 Stax models, so can only offer that comparison. Compared to my SR-207, yes, L700 is definitely better.
 
Mar 5, 2019 at 7:44 AM Post #17,321 of 21,499

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The search for an affordable kgssshv has been impossible so I may ask you if an 717/727II can drive the 007 well enough or that's a no and better be patient until can afford one ?

Also what is the concensus on the lambda, is the L-700 better than older lamda models?
I don't have the 717 or the 727II, but my SRM-T1X variant with the CSS mod from JimL11 drivers the 007 pretty well. I can't complain that's for sure.
Please avoid the SRM-T8000, I had a long listen to them over in japan late last year. I agree with the Stax Mafia, you're better off with SRM-007A or 727II with global feedback mod.
 
Mar 5, 2019 at 12:56 PM Post #17,322 of 21,499

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What newer Lambda sounds the closest to the 404 Limited...SR-507? Left driver is no longer functioning in any meaningful capacity at all on my 'new' 404 Limiteds... Listening to my L300 Limiteds and missing what the 404 Limited did already, though the L300 Limiteds are very nice - just not 404 Limited special. Will be modded the L300's to give them a better seal between pads and housing. Maybe the Kaldas RR1 will be something special though and be a 404 Limited equivalent replacement...seems to have great subbass measurements.

Airbow sr-sc1, 11, and 21. If they are still around.
 
Mar 6, 2019 at 11:36 PM Post #17,325 of 21,499

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What newer Lambda sounds the closest to the 404 Limited...SR-507? Left driver is no longer functioning in any meaningful capacity at all on my 'new' 404 Limiteds... Listening to my L300 Limiteds and missing what the 404 Limited did already, though the L300 Limiteds are very nice - just not 404 Limited special. Will be modded the L300's to give them a better seal between pads and housing. Maybe the Kaldas RR1 will be something special though and be a 404 Limited equivalent replacement...seems to have great subbass measurements.
Why dont you send them to stax headquarters?they gonna fix it
https://stax.co.jp/support/repair/
I check the site and it says 404 limited can be fixed depend on parts availability ■=代替部品による修理 should u give it a shot ?
 
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