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mrmarbach

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About mrmarbach

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 06/04/1970

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  • Location
    Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Occupation
    concert pianist
  • Headphones
    Stax SR-404 LIMITED
  • Headphone Amps
    Stax SRM-T1
  • Sources
    Headphone setup: Sony CDP-750, Meridian 518, Cambridge Audio DAC Magic
  • Other Audio Gear
    Sitting room: Sony BDP-S5000ES, Rega Planar 3/Clearaudio phono amp, Apple TV, Meridian 568.2MM, Meridian DSP33
  1. mrmarbach

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I'm just wondering about the comparison between SR-009 and SR-007 Mk2 SZ3. I've read up here, but it's rarely explicit whether the comparison is with SZ2 or SZ3. I believe Arnaud's SR-007 is SZ2, and he says SR-009 is brighter. Padam says the same but I don't know what sort of SR-007 he has. Has anyone compared SZ3 with SR-009 yet (while we wait for Spritzer to receive his SR-009)? I'm curious whether the brightness of SZ3 is more or the same as SR-009.
  2. That looks like a pretty normal mark-up for Europe, alas. It's hard to really understand the pricing without knowing the Yen price.
  3. mrmarbach

    Where to point the finger of blame

    The DAC clearly needs to go urgently - the question is only how much money I throw at a replacement, and if I hold out for a new generation Sooloos Ensemble in the MS600 line. And after living with the 404LEs for a year, I am quite sensitive to their weaknesses, not just the treble but the flubbery bass... Hence the ebay auction. (Thanks for the serious reply!)
  4. mrmarbach

    Where to point the finger of blame

    Schmerzgrenze is a very apt expletive, as it means "threshold of pain".
  5. mrmarbach

    Where to point the finger of blame

    Exactly. Why not bid?
  6. mrmarbach

    Where to point the finger of blame

    I've decided that the only solution is to buy a Meridian 808.3 and a pair of Omega IIs and a BHSE. To this, I have put my Grandmother on ebay.
  7. Are the engineers who designed the T2 still involved in the company?
  8. Aha, now it's getting interesting. What did he say about them, I wonder...
  9. mrmarbach

    Where to point the finger of blame

    Keep 'em comin'!
  10. My phones setup is in its early stages. I have a Cambridge Audio DACMagic (c.1993) going into 404LE and SRM-T1. There is a Meridian 518 jitter-buster before the DAC, and the digital source is usually my Macbook, and sometimes a Sony CDP-750 from 1988, which I love for it's incredibly fast track access and associated number pad. The problem is, I feel ill after not very long listening to it. A headache which is kind of metallic-toothachey... I don't think I am running it too loud. I suspect the problem is that the source combination is just way too crappy for the Staxes, which of course I know. Even the 518 can't save the DAC. It is probably a minefield of jitter, distortion and spurious crap - and I think fatigue sets in immediately. Do you all agree with my assessment of the situation?
  11. mrmarbach

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Oops, two more questions: - I've seen mention online of SRM-717 Mk2. Does that really exist? - There is no version with switching of the inputs, is there? - So like my T1 it has two inputs and they are both "always on", parallel? (Layman, me.)
  12. mrmarbach

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Thanks a lot for the comparison. I guess I'll be looking for a 717 then...
  13. mrmarbach

    The Headcase Stax thread

    You mean in the SRM-600? Doesn't sound very nice. I would rather it was just flat... Is the SRM-717 better? If so why?
  14. mrmarbach

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I have SR404LE and SRM-T1. Although I am only just beginning to use it a lot, it sounds wonderful so far. My only concern is that the bass seems to be a bit loose in comparison with my speaker system (Meridian DSP). Should I blame the headphones or the driver unit? If the driver unit I am thinking about the SRM-600 as a step up, but haven't seen many impressions of that on here - particularly in comparison with the other Stax amps such as the SRM717 and the other current models. Suggestions for my next step? (I am only interested in amps with balanced inputs, and for the moment only Stax's own ones.)
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