The Stax Thread III
Sep 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM Post #346 of 20,128

MohawkUS

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My recollection was they are in the $150 range for the set in good condition without any issues. Others may have more accurate pricing.


I believe you're thinking of the standard SR-5. I'm asking about the SR-5NB, or the 'goldies'. I've been checking ebay as well as head-fi every month for the past year or so(hoping to find a broken pair so I could scrounge a new headband) but only one has come up since I bought mine. And like the pair I bought the seller wanted $350 and it sold. His was in mint condition though.
 
Sep 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM Post #347 of 20,128

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What should I get, besides an adapter (which I already have), to better drive a Sigma (normal bias)?
 
Sep 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM Post #348 of 20,128

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Any competent power amplifier should work, the original adapters have fairly high transformer ratios
 
Sep 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM Post #352 of 20,128
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Commoners steer clear of electro stats because of the specialized amping needed. So that brings down demand a bit. The older models before the lambdas don't demand a huge amt of bread. Generally. People just don't know much about them.
 
Sep 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM Post #358 of 20,128

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Check out this thread here, gives you an idea of the differences in sound signature between the two(SR5nb uses the same drivers as the X III, not sure about the standard SR-5): http://www.head-fi.org/t/172611/long-meandering-comparison-of-stax-404-and-stax-x-iii-episode-i/195

From that I figured that for the music I like I'd be happier with the 5s(No X IIIs were available at the time). You'll have to wait for a more experienced member than myself if you want to know which headphone is better on a technical level however.
 
Sep 11, 2013 at 2:43 AM Post #359 of 20,128

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As spritzer said earlier "filthy"
 

 

 

 
 
Following as per advice, left the knobs and faceplate in a bucket of warm soapy water for about 30 minutes, surprisingly it the brown/orangeish gunk came off quite easily which I thought was oxidation as it seems the anodizing has come off as well, the faceplate is literally cleaned up all of the Stax lettering and logo has come right off. Not too surprised given the SRA-3S is almost twice as old as I'am being released back in 1968.
 
Upon opening it, one of the cartridges fell right out and there is a missing 6FQ7 Toshiba tube.
 
Apart from being dirty and dusty, looks I like I have a long road ahead to re-furb this amp to it's original badass state.
 
Any idea's on what I should do with the faceplate that it has lost all of it's Stax originality? Getting lettering done and anodized is too costly for such an amp, I'm thinking getting Stax stickers printed out with matching font typesets or maybe just make a wooden frame for the side of the faceplate to give it some class?
 
Ideas/opinions appreciated.
 

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