The Stax Thread III
Sep 2, 2020 at 11:21 AM Post #19,036 of 21,502

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My apologies, has nothing to do with you and that wasn't really directed at you.
Thank you for the clarification, I just wasn't sure how to understand it.
But unless something is wrong with my amps, the 007 is definitely a little (nothing extreme or crazy, just noticeably) harder to drive.
Thank you for putting the "difficulty to drive" into perspective.
[...] nothing beats your hearing and real life experimentation
Indeed, I am looking forward to the next opportunity to listen to Stax earspeakers. :)
 
Sep 2, 2020 at 5:37 PM Post #19,037 of 21,502

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Sep 3, 2020 at 7:25 AM Post #19,038 of 21,502

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Sirrah v3

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Sep 3, 2020 at 7:51 AM Post #19,039 of 21,502

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I'm currently running an L700 mk2 with an srm 252s. Eventually I want to sell that amp with an L300 that is blu tak modded and has l700 pads + a stepdown converter as a set. I will need a new amp. The stax srm353x, mjolnir octave v2, and mjolnir tiny triode are all in the same price range. Which of those amps do you think would work best with the L700? Any other amps that I should take into consideration? My dac is a topping d30.
Can't compare those specific energisers, but my impressions with my L700 Mk 1 with the ones i have......

252S is sure an okay starting point for what it was at the time I bought it.
SRM-1/MK-2 definitely steps up the detail vs 252S, though my particular unit sounds a touch bass-light and may need to be recapped due to age.
353X sounds the best of the 3 units I have. Have not heard anything else to compare it to.

Mjolnir of course has a great reputation in my eyes, and I wouldn't be afraid to try them but have no experience.

If you can find an SRM-1 cheap enough and in good condition? Yeah, my ears say it's a fairly substantial step up from 252S...and you also gain a "Normal" Stax output if you happen to run across vintage earspeakers :) 1 Pro output, and 1 Normal output.
 
Sep 3, 2020 at 8:39 AM Post #19,040 of 21,502

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Sep 3, 2020 at 8:43 AM Post #19,041 of 21,502

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I borrowed the Sirrah, not because I was dissatisfied with the 252s, but out of curiosity to see if I could hear a difference between it and another amp.

To be honest, I started the comparison, biased:
"very probably you won't hear any difference," I said to myself
But it turned out differently.

After listening to EDM, jazz and rock for a few hours, I increasingly had the impression that the Sirrah was more precise, especially in the high frequencies.
Surprisingly, I also had a similar impression in the Bass. There is definitely more "Controll".
Also the Music seemed even more "coherent" with the Sirrah.

Especially in the high frequencies, the 252s often seems "clumsy" or "immature"
At least in direct comparison to the Sirrah.

It is somewhat contradictory
because the Sirrah is more present in the treble, and more detailed and at the same time less aggressive.

Anyway, the Sirrah replaces the 252s.
 
Sep 3, 2020 at 11:09 AM Post #19,043 of 21,502

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I have 006tII with CCS-mode, not sure that Sirrah is better... but could be interesting to compare them..
 
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Sep 4, 2020 at 11:56 AM Post #19,047 of 21,502

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Mr. Rauenbuehler uses NEotech UP-OCC copper wires inside of the amps, gut to know.
Yea. That should be your singular take away from this mediocre POS.
 
Sep 5, 2020 at 5:29 PM Post #19,048 of 21,502

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Hello Guys,

Need some help. Whenever I push my Stax L300 to high volumes/certain frequencies, there is a very audible (and annoying) crackling sound (for example during certain bass hits). I've had my headphones replaced by Apos, and the issue persists, so I must assume that this has to do with my amp.

My Stax amp is a SRM-323S that I bought used on the site. It seems to be in good condition. I've attached some photos of the circuits to this post. Would anyone be willing/able to help me diagnose this problem?

Thanks.

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Sep 5, 2020 at 6:43 PM Post #19,050 of 21,502

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Hello Guys,

I am planning to get myself a pair of 009's, but I do not have an amp to drive them. I have posted a classified here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/wtb-electrostatic-amp.941673/#post-15846397, but just mentioning if anyone here has a used amp that is under $5000 USD you can offer me. Ships to NY, USA. (T2 anyone?)

Not really wanting to DIY since mouser parts are mainly from China, and the shipping is slowed by the pandemic, plus literal virus threat. And so DIY is not preferred.

Lastly, I do want to know if anyone here can compare hd820 with 009's. Thank you for looking!

BTW, do I need a preamp with lets say the KGSSHV or something alike?
 
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