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  1. 1 minute ago, spritzer said:

    I have a very recent 007A and they are very nice, just straight out of the box.  Stax have changed the earpads a bit but otherwise they are the same. 

    Does that mean they've improved the treble, as with later SR-009s? Are they still on SZ3xxx ?



  2. 3 hours ago, spritzer said:

    I truly don't get the name... why 9000?

    It’s obvious: it’s the Euro price in US Dollars. 

    Seriously: they want €7250 from me in Germany. Justin’s price equates to €4929, which plus VAT is €5858. 

    What’s the other €1400 for? Is it perchance a tax on stupidity?

  3. 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.

  4. A distributor is saying it'll be about $4200 USD in Thailand and 4900 EUR in Europe. There's a huge price difference there so not sure how true it is or if it's just the usual Stax being more expensive in Europe stuff. Can only hope it's closer towards the former figure. Of course it's just a rumor still.

    That looks like a pretty normal mark-up for Europe, alas.

    It's hard to really understand the pricing without knowing the Yen price.

  5. Overemphasizing details is the DACMagic specialty so...

    And combined with the 404LE's rather brash upper mid so...

    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!)

  6. 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?

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

    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.)

  8. The 717 is a far better design than the 600 and the 727 could be even better with a simple fix. More power in every way, not just voltage swing. The SRM-600 is nothing but a T1 save for some slight refinements in the PSU and using better tubes. I even have a T1 here which I'm going to turn into a 600 just for kicks. :)

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

  9. 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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