The Stax Thread III
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They look similar to ES-1a :L3000:
ES-1A pay homage to the original SR-Omega but have a different technology, where the SR-X9000 is next generation of SR-Omega so yep i think they both are looking good, but I will say the SR-X9000 is slightly more stlyish with the brown leather pads.
 
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So the rumors on SR-X(forget the 9000 since the name sucks) bass continuse to raise questions as more demo happen, many in Twitter agree that the soundstage is about 2X of the 009S but some did claim that although its lush, the 009S are a slighty warmer headphone than the SR-X , if this is the case than we are having something like the 009BK with bigger soundstage but not the massive hole in the 009S bass response.
And one thing to take note here is this demo secession in Osaka uses an 10k Esoteric DAC the N-05XD which is sort of better than the DAC they uses in previous public demo.
 
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So the rumors on SR-X(forget the 9000 since the name sucks) bass continuse to raise questions as more demo happen, many in Twitter agree that the soundstage is about 2X of the 009S but some did claim that although its lush, the 009S are a slighty warmer headphone than the SR-X , if this is the case than we are having something like the 009BK with bigger soundstage but not the massive hole in the 009S bass response.
And one thing to take note here is this demo secession in Osaka uses an 10k Esoteric DAC the N-05XD which is sort of better than the DAC they uses in previous public demo.
On the other hand reading about SR-X soundstage makes me abit concern as if the soundstage really 2X as big as the 009 then we are looking at HD800 level? which i am sure for someone it can be a hit or miss like the HD800, too hollow as some might discribt the HD800 are certainly not the perfect form of soundstage in headphone.
In anycase it may not be able to compare with open cups design like the AKG K1000/RaaL SR1A/Myshere 3 for soundstage...

The SR-X9k so far seems sucessfully earning a good reputation on its low noise floor, high resolution and better separation which might sets it apart amount other new flagship.
 
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On the other hand reading about SR-X soundstage makes me abit concern as if the soundstage really 2X as big as the 009 then we are looking at HD800 level? which i am sure for someone it can be a hit or miss like the HD800, too hollow as some might discribt the HD800 are certainly not the perfect form of soundstage in headphone.
HD800 and Omega have completely different soundstage projection, so there is no need to worry, we will get more impressions from head-fiers in 1-2 weeks' time.
 
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On the other hand reading about SR-X soundstage makes me abit concern as if the soundstage really 2X as big as the 009 then we are looking at HD800 level? which i am sure for someone it can be a hit or miss like the HD800, too hollow as some might discribt the HD800 are certainly not the perfect form of soundstage in headphone.
In anycase it may not be able to compare with open cups design like the AKG K1000/RaaL SR1A/Myshere 3 for soundstage...

The SR-X9k so far seems sucessfully earning a good reputation on its low noise floor, high resolution and better separation which might sets it apart amount other new flagship.
Esoteric dacs are the most piercing around, 2x soundstage of 009 really? any idea to tell apart fake HD-800 soundstage to 009 "real" soundstage
if X9 has 2x "real" soundstage against 009 that's massive amount of soundstage
 
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FYI you can run the PAC-253 off 120V with no issues.


Yeah, it works normally with Taiwanese 110V. Thanks for the photo of insides!
 
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I remember listening back to back with the 353X, very similar, but something about the 253 lol... Again I cannot be sure the difference was anything except for my own perception, but there's a reason I kept that little guy and sold the others. Plus it has the cute little form factor:

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I also am interested in a PAC 253 especially for the new X(9000). I straight up asked Ippinkan if they would make a PAC 253 for US voltage but unfortunately they politely declined. I wish I had gotten in on it when you could buy both new for around $600. The 253S ran me around $550 new itself when I got it a year ago or so.

Just 2–3 days ago “like new” PAC-253 went for 22000 JPY on Yahoo, with a single bet winning. I didn’t buy it just because I got one earlier this summer (for a bit more, but new).
If you keep an eye on Yahoo (via Buyee) and Hifido (they can send overseas directly and accept foreign cards for payments), you may have a luck. (Otherwise you may order from Rakuten a new unit.)
 
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Just 2–3 days ago “like new” PAC-253 went for 22000 JPY on Yahoo, with a single bet winning. I didn’t buy it just because I got one earlier this summer (for a bit more, but new).
If you keep an eye on Yahoo (via Buyee) and Hifido (they can send overseas directly and accept foreign cards for payments), you may have a luck. (Otherwise you may order from Rakuten a new unit.)
I use this LPS with my Airbow-253S (25w Talema + dual 12v): https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1000004386010.html
47$ + shipping at the moment.
I asked the store to reverse the polarity.
 
Sep 27, 2021 at 12:43 PM Post #21,294 of 21,413

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So the rumors on SR-X(forget the 9000 since the name sucks)
PLEASE .... since there actually is a pre-existing Stax SR-X model from the mid/late 1970s ... which is still in use by some people, and still shows up regularly on eBay etc for sale as a used product .... use the full SR-X9000 moniker for this new release, to avoid creating any possible confusion. Yeah, it's uninspiring, but that's its name. SR-X9000.
 
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PLEASE .... since there actually is a pre-existing Stax SR-X model from the mid/late 1970s ... which is still in use by some people, and still shows up regularly on eBay etc for sale as a used product .... use the full SR-X9000 moniker for this new release, to avoid creating any possible confusion. Yeah, it's uninspiring, but that's its name. SR-X9000.
How about SR-X9? 😛
 
Sep 27, 2021 at 3:36 PM Post #21,296 of 21,413

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STAX SR-X9K should be the new naming standard for short.

Sounds good too.
 
Sep 27, 2021 at 5:48 PM Post #21,297 of 21,413

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On top of CRBN amd the new Stax there will also be the new Warwick Acoustics Bravura.
That makes 3 new eStats in a similar price segment.

 
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On top of CRBN amd the new Stax there will also be the new Warwick Acoustics Bravura.
That makes 3 new eStats in a similar price segment.

I briefly considered the Aperio, but being forced to use their energizer is too limiting for me. Same with the HE-1. If I was to spend major bucks on an e-stat, it would be the Shangri-la Sr. The headphones can be used with different energizers, and the energizer can be used with different headphones 🤷‍♂️
 
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I briefly considered the Aperio, but being forced to use their energizer is too limiting for me. Same with the HE-1. If I was to spend major bucks on an e-stat, it would be the Shangri-la Sr. The headphones can be used with different energizers, and the energizer can be used with different headphones 🤷‍♂️
I see it the same way, for me their DACs are the weak point though.
 
Sep 27, 2021 at 9:33 PM Post #21,300 of 21,413

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On top of CRBN amd the new Stax there will also be the new Warwick Acoustics Bravura.
That makes 3 new eStats in a similar price segment.

The Warwick Acoustics Bravura only listed for 1700GBP which is cheaper than the SR009 (non S) and just slightly more expensive then the 007Mk2.9 so i wont say its in the same legue with the SRX9k and CRBN which is 4-5k (twice to triple the price depend on where you buy). Althouh audio performance have no corrlation with price, Sonoma tend to sound very boring to my ears.
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