The Stax Thread III
Oct 26, 2021 at 6:12 PM Post #21,421 of 21,676

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They must have a good reason for that.
Doubt it. Simply a lack of standard prior to 92. I tend to wire them according to the diagram on the back
 
Oct 26, 2021 at 6:54 PM Post #21,422 of 21,676

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my first Stax purchase experience from yahoo.JP auctions, via Buyee:

7-23: saw the 727 on yahoo.JP, placed "sniper bid" (Buyee will place the bid 5 minutes before the auction ends)
7-25: won auction, final bid 69000 jpy. Buyee fee 1000 jpy. Buyee took $655 out of my paypal right away. (actual conversion rate 106.8:1, while the market rate was a little over 110:1)
8-1: Buyee message, "your package has arrived at our warehouse". I was still waiting for the result of another auction so I did not tell them to send it to me right away.
8-3: completed shipping steps, total shipping $88 (~$10 domestic, rest international). Buyee took $$ out of my paypal.
8-4: Buyee message, "package has been shipped"
8-9: Package arrived. giant box, extremely well-packaged. Buyee must have repacked it for the overseas shipment. Amp was wrapped in blue bubble sheet (this is probably the original seller's packaging), then a layer of clear bubble wrap, and taped well. The "727A mummy" was put in a large thick-wall box, with liquid-foam bricks above and below. this large box was then put into a huge outer box, with clear bubble wrap in between the boxes. Lots of nice packing material, well worth the $80 shipping price.
Which makes me suspect Buyee is not really an internet company. It is a company that makes $$ mainly by selling packing material (liquid-foam, ultra sturdy cardboard boxes, etc).

Amp condition agrees with auction photos; powers up and sounds fine.

total time, auction end to package arrival = 2 weeks; total $$ 655+88= $743, not bad for a 727A.
AudioCats, did Buyee deduct sales tax?

Thanks,
Jon
 
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I've owned L300, L300 LTD, L700 Mk2 and SR-009. But still my favorites are L300. I am in love with that tuning. I can max out bass with Loki Mini+ on L300, but not on L300 LTD because it starts feeling overloaded. L300 have the best intimate vocals. Most of my music plays fantastic on L300. You can throw any low bitrate MP3 in L300 and they will make them sound better, with other Stax I will hear imperfections in the music.

This is just my opinion and my taste.
 
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I've owned L300, L300 LTD, L700 Mk2 and SR-009. But still my favorites are L300. I am in love with that tuning. I can max out bass with Loki Mini+ on L300, but not on L300 LTD because it starts feeling overloaded. L300 have the best intimate vocals. Most of my music plays fantastic on L300. You can throw any low bitrate MP3 in L300 and they will make them sound better, with other Stax I will hear imperfections in the music.

This is just my opinion and my taste.

Try sr007
 
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Nov 1, 2021 at 4:04 AM Post #21,428 of 21,676

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According to Spritzer. The latest mk2.9 with blutac mod is very close to mk1.
Pretty much the same, except that an MK2.9 will last for 20+ years and the MK1 is nearing end of life.
 
Nov 1, 2021 at 4:40 AM Post #21,429 of 21,676

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Not to forget the cable inlet contact issues of the MK1 which have been solved with the Mk2!
 
Nov 1, 2021 at 5:50 AM Post #21,430 of 21,676

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According to Spritzer. The latest mk2.9 with blutac mod is very close to mk1.
The issue begins here. My 007 produced in March 2021 had the mk2.5 style pads again. I'd simply ignore the inofficial versions since no one knows what's going on exactly, and tune it to your ear.
 
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Nov 1, 2021 at 9:59 AM Post #21,432 of 21,676

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I've owned L300, L300 LTD, L700 Mk2 and SR-009. But still my favorites are L300. I am in love with that tuning. I can max out bass with Loki Mini+ on L300, but not on L300 LTD because it starts feeling overloaded. L300 have the best intimate vocals. Most of my music plays fantastic on L300. You can throw any low bitrate MP3 in L300 and they will make them sound better, with other Stax I will hear imperfections in the music.

This is just my opinion and my taste.
I own L300, L300 LTD, L700 MK1 and SR-009.
L300 certainly stands out, even next to SR0-009 - it has the biggest "wow" factor.
If it wasn't for the thin bass, it would be my favorite. SR009 does everything right (with proper amplification), so I prefer it over L300.
 
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L300 certainly stands out, even next to SR0-009 - it has the biggest "wow" factor.
146% agree on that. With stock L300 pads.
If it wasn't for the thin bass, it would be my favorite. SR009 does everything right (with proper amplification), so I prefer it over L300.
what amp do you use with 009?
 
Nov 1, 2021 at 11:31 AM Post #21,434 of 21,676

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146% agree on that. With stock L300 pads.
Agree.
Here are some comparisons with L1000 (L300 with L700 pads):

L300 with L300 pads - amazing soundstage and clarity, largest wow factor.
Bass is underwhelming in both quality and quantity. Too thin with little decay.

L300 with L500 pads - soundstage is increased over L1000, so is the clarity (but below L300 levels).
Not as warm as L1000. Bass quality is about as good as L1000

what amp do you use with 009?
My own version of Blue Hawaii on budget:
Airbow SRM-253s with the Litlle Bear P10 tube pre-amp - sounds fantastic! Even the bass.
 
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L300 with L500 pads - soundstage is increased over L1000, so is the clarity (but below L300 levels).
Not as warm as L1000. Bass quality is about as good as L1000
L300 with L500 pads ARE L500 :) No?

Airbow SRM-253s with the Litlle Bear P10 tube pre-amp - sounds fantastic! Even the bass.
I hoped you would have a different answer :) How much power SRM-253S has? Also it costs around $500. For $500 you can get 353x, T1, SRM-1. They look bigger and more powerful. Does more power mean more bass? All I want is just to get more bass on L300 and I'll call it the end game for myself.
 

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