The Stax I thread

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by knerian, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Ash1412

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    Don't you mean low frequency roll off filter and high pass effect?
     
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    No. I was meaning low pass effect. The high frequencies getting smoothened off/toned down.

    They sound bright due to peaks at 1-2khz, but I didn't hear the response carry well over to the high highs.
     
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    Well, I sure won’t be getting rid of my 404LE any time soon. While it, of course, won’t slam ‘Fanfare For the Common Man’, it continues to present “alive” timbre and texture, especially micro details, whether Allen Toussaint’s piano touch, Bob Brozman’s burnished guitars, Gillian Welch or Patricia Barber voices alive in their perceived space, Duke’s 1959 ‘Blues in Orbit’ sounding like a recent recording, Sonny Landreth’s Grant Street just enough in my face to have me reaching for a beer.

    In my rig, long listening sessions with it compare favorably to either my HD650 or HD800S, though they aren’t going away either.
     
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    So two opportunities came up locally ... SRS-5100 new in box for 40% off normal retail price, or for 20% more the same SRM-353x but with L700, imported via eBay a year ago, so no local support. Is reliability and local support an issue with modern Stax, or should I go for the better earspeaker?
     
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    When the headband on my 407 broke, the dealer I bought the 407 from new in the U.S. was no help, even though I was willing to pay for it. I ended up buying a new one from England (don’t have the details handy at this moment), along with a basic black headband to use on my 404LE, saving the limited anniversary headband from daily use. Color me not impressed with Stax U.S. service, though I still greatly enjoy the cans.
     
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    I'm also looking for new set pads for my 407. Still have no idea where to look for, I've been using Stax for more than 10 years but this is the first time I have a need for spare parts.
     
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    Blah blah fit blah blah can't account for taste *shakes fist angrily*
     
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    You used to be able to get the x07 pads on ebay with the original stax packaging. The pair I got 2-3 years ago were the real deal.
     
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    Thanks for that ... Been putting off sorting out a pair of New SR-03 and SRD-5 so wouldn't want to be stuck with support issues on a newer set as well. But by the sound of things that's not really a thing in the Stax universe. Any thoughts on relative price/performance of L500 vs L700? I know the answers are here somewhere ... Maybe just point me in the right direction?
     
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    I’ve listened to quite a few Stax at our meets, but unfortunately not those newer Lambdas, so I’m no help on their sonic personalities. Just find as many reviews as you can online. Another source is Spritzer in Iceland; I got my 727A from him. Lots of amps he makes, as well as used Stax amps and cans. https://mjolnir-audio.com/
     

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