The Stax Thread III
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:26 AM Post #6,286 of 25,445
Is that guy who fixes STAX cables still around?


I think the way the strain relief is molded to the cables, you can only replace the cable completely. But anyone who can solder half decently should be able to do that if they know how to open up the headphones. When I replaced the one in my SR-007's, I know the hardest part for me was getting over the fear of opening up something so expensive and delicate. But once I did, it was actually all laid out nice and neat on the inside.
 
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:34 AM Post #6,287 of 25,445
I think the way the strain relief is molded to the cables, you can only replace the cable completely. But anyone who can solder half decently should be able to do that if they know how to open up the headphones. When I replaced the one in my SR-007's, I know the hardest part for me was getting over the fear of opening up something so expensive and delicate. But once I did, it was actually all laid out nice and neat on the inside.

 
I don't trust myself with soldering in the slightest. 
 
Oct 6, 2015 at 12:38 AM Post #6,288 of 25,445
Yeah, I didn't exactly mean it that way. Just saying that anyone who can solder should be up to the job if they have the information on how the headphone is put together. You don't need a specialist.
 
Oct 6, 2015 at 1:07 AM Post #6,289 of 25,445
Yeah, I didn't exactly mean it that way. Just saying that anyone who can solder should be up to the job if they have the information on how the headphone is put together. You don't need a specialist.

 
Oh ok. I use to remember a guy that re-cabled anyone's STAX back here in 2008-09. I think he lived in Iceland, and had Brian Griffin as his avatar. *shrugs*
 
You mentioned that you had the lovely SR-009's while I have a SR-303, so I don't know how different they are. Well I'll see what I can do or find. The real issue is the cable has been left on an angle over the years that it now has to be in that position for both sides to work, if I alter it I lose the whole right side. That's what's bothering me. This tends to happen to me often. At least with my DT-250 you can just buy replaceable cables which I'm really happy about. 
 
Oct 6, 2015 at 1:15 AM Post #6,290 of 25,445
Basically you need one of these http://www.electromod.co.uk/stax-spares/cables/cord-assembly-sr303/ and somebody to solder it on for you. And some double sided tape to remount the ear pads or new ear pads. Hell, I'd do it for you for free but the shipping back and forth to Australia would be half as much as the cable itself. And that's slow mail.

EDIT: The black cable version is about half that price but then the color won't quite match.
 
Oct 6, 2015 at 1:59 AM Post #6,291 of 25,445
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Oct 6, 2015 at 2:03 AM Post #6,292 of 25,445
   
I think you might be referring to user "spritzer" in Iceland, he is still around!
Or you can get a new cable as you have been guided to get, and go ask an electronic repair shop in your own home area, they should be able to replace the cable for you at a cost.
Depending how old and worn your earpads are, maybe you should also buy new ones and have them replaced at the same time?
These are also available at the same site as the cable replacements.
But do ask the people in the repair shop if they do know about STAX first, if not call another shop!

 
That name rings a bell actually. My ear pads are okay but the left one is getting a habit of moving a little. I sort of logged back in for this, and to see if there is any good deals in the classifieds. 
 
Also is it suppose to be Lab Rat or La Brat? I thought it was latter first. 
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Oct 7, 2015 at 8:23 AM Post #6,295 of 25,445
Yeah, I didn't exactly mean it that way. Just saying that anyone who can solder should be up to the job if they have the information on how the headphone is put together. You don't need a specialist.

 
if you think the average person capable of soldering is up to the job of repairing stax cables you're dead wrong. that'll go over real nicely as someone's first or second soldering job
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Oct 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM Post #6,296 of 25,445
   
if you think the average person capable of soldering is up to the job of repairing stax cables you're dead wrong. that'll go over real nicely as someone's first or second soldering job
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Whoaaa calm down. I have replaced the cables on my 007MK2s and it was fiddly and small wires, but very possible for anyone who has decent eyesight and a steady hand.
 
Nobody with those attributes would be lost on that, so please please, don't scare people.
 
To be really scared, a woman in the UK (is 85) was in a light 2 man aircraft. The pilot passed out, and she had to take the controls and be talked down by the air traffic. Bear in mind she didn't have a pilots license, not even a driving license! Anyway, after nearly 20 tries she made a perfect landing.
 
Try DIY stuff, don't be scared.....
 
Oct 7, 2015 at 8:37 AM Post #6,297 of 25,445
 
Whoaaa calm down. I have replaced the cables on my 007MK2s and it was fiddly and small wires, but very possible for anyone who has decent eyesight and a steady hand.
 
Nobody with those attributes would be lost on that, so please please, don't scare people.
 
To be really scared, a woman in the UK (is 85) was in a light 2 man aircraft. The pilot passed out, and she had to take the controls and be talked down by the air traffic. Bear in mind she didn't have a pilots license, not even a driving license! Anyway, after nearly 20 tries she made a perfect landing.
 
Try DIY stuff, don't be scared.....


My point is maybe you shouldn't tackle fine pitch solder point wire which lets ~500 volts flow through it right right next to your face unless you can solder & desolder thru hole with ease. If you can't install a capacitor comfortably, you SHOULD be scared of soldering to a Stax wire, if you have any concern for your or your headphones' safety. He said he's not comfortable with soldering and I don't blame him for not wanting to do a dozen projects first just so he can do his Stax comfortably.
 
Heck i'm confident enough to build my own KGSS and I don't want to mess with Stax cable. Actually, i probably don't want to do my own stax cable because I know what's at risk!
 
Oct 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM Post #6,299 of 25,445
  Does anyone besides Peter have any impressions of the LL2T (Solid State)?  Peters impressions was great, I just want to know if more people feel the same as he does.  

 
I'd like to see if anyone has anything further to add about this subject.  I'm wanting to moving onto electrostats (stepping out of my comfort zone) and would like to do it right.  Wanting to get the Sr-009 but am deciding what to pair with....the BHSE or the LL2T/LL2TU.  If anyone has comments/experiences please weight in.  It's been a tough search with random tidbits left and right on the internet....nothing I can definitely piece together comparing the 2.  Thanks in advance.
 
Oct 7, 2015 at 5:46 PM Post #6,300 of 25,445
   
I'd like to see if anyone has anything further to add about this subject.  I'm wanting to moving onto electrostats (stepping out of my comfort zone) and would like to do it right.  Wanting to get the Sr-009 but am deciding what to pair with....the BHSE or the LL2T/LL2TU.  If anyone has comments/experiences please weight in.  It's been a tough search with random tidbits left and right on the internet....nothing I can definitely piece together comparing the 2.  Thanks in advance.

 
At CanJam London, I heard the SR009 with the BHSE, and for me it was clearly the BEST SOUND of the Show... So If I ever buy a SR009, it will be with a BHSE.
 

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