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ktm last won the day on November 6 2011

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About ktm

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  • Birthday 02/24/1958

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    flower mound, TX
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    Stax sr404 sr-202 Grado sr-100 Senn HD-650
  1. The Headcase Stax thread

    By the time a lot of us got to the point of owning Stax, there was a lot less hair to deal with. Other than maybe ear hair?
  2. Because this is head-case.
  3. And now what did you do TODAY?

    The Rendezvous never clicked with me. Commisary BBQ in Germantown- good BBQ in the Memphis area. The ribs are much moister and meaty. And a round of Gus's chicken always hits the spot.
  4. The Headcase Stax thread

    If it passes the Spritzer test, it will have passed the hardest one. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!
  5. Sony Headphones - Apauling service.

    I used to buy new Brother laser printers for less than the toner cartridge. Same thing for a while with PTouch tapes. I was buying a new label maker for $10 with the tape. New tape was $20. They got smart and started sending them both out with "starter: toner or "starter" tapes. They also jacked up prices on the tapes and toner. I pretty much now hate everybody. Add Sony to the list I guess.
  6. The Headcase Stax thread

    Here's another winner from the bay. Seller claims a friend braided it for him without re-terminating the cable. Sure he did
  7. The Headcase Stax thread

    I thought the set on ebay with the cables hand braided were bad. But this takes it to another level.
  8. Chord Dave Any Good?

    Apparently, everything so far. Tubes work ok for some things. A DAC is a horrid place for a tube. You want the tube sound, do it somewhere that doesn't cause issues. And DAC electronics are pretty sensitive to HV.
  9. Watches

    My lightly used (if at all) Luminox Scott Cassel
  10. The Headcase Stax thread

    Ok, I've played with vintage stuff for years, so I should of done this 1st. Clean 30+ years of crud out of the switch, clean out the socket connections, I also cut back the wires to fresh copper and crimped on copper pins. Bass is there now. But the srd-4 still has the warmer sound. I didn't have 27 ohm wirewounds, so I doubled-up 68 ohm 3 watt for 34 ohms. Now both boxes pretty much sound the same. That was the only real difference, and with them in place on the srd-6 it changed the sound. The 4 is still just a bit warmer, but I prefer it this way. If I change my mind, I'll go find the proper 27 Ohm ones. In a pinch I could use the 6 with the 202's as well.
  11. The Headcase Stax thread

    I really am going to have to build a decent energizer. I built an exstata hybrid, which is ok, but with all the great designs out there it's about time to move up a couple of levels. The sr-80 and srd-4 should hold me over for a while. I think I'll gut out parts from the exstata and drop in some new boards.
  12. The Headcase Stax thread

    I don't see anything obvious. Thermistors appear ok, but that's pretty hard to really check. I'm going to have to unsolder them There's two on each channel in parallel. The rest of it looks ok. There are some differences in how they are built. The srd4 has larger, single thermistors on the input. it also has 5 watt 27 ohm resistors in parallel with the transformers. The srd6 has a spot on the board for them, but doesn't have them installed. This is the big difference (other than bias tapped off one channel). I could see where this might change the sound signature. Guess I just need to accept the fact they have a different sound.
  13. The Headcase Stax thread

    I'll have to pop the top on the srd-6 I'm sure there's not too much in there to go bad. The sr-80 is a bit lighter in bass than the sr-40. But the lack of side to side movement on the wire arc of the sr-40 makes it hard for me to wear. The sr-80 fits much better. At some point I'm going to have to build a new amp for the sr-202's.
  14. The Headcase Stax thread

    I just bought a sr-80 and srd-6 to use with my second system. It sounded pretty good, no balance issues. But some bass stuff was not up to par.. I thought it was just the nature of the sr-80's. On a whim I hooked it up through a srd-4 I had sitting around. There's the missing bass. The cutoff point was lower. The overall sound was warmer as well. Are the two boxes that much different, or is there an issue I need to check for?