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  1. 17 hours ago, SeaWolf said:

    I cant believe that he or anyone else with the intention of making an electrostatic headphone would not take the step of disassembling the driver from a pair of Stax to see what conclusions they have reached. I really do not understand the strategy of playing ignorant here, if he has other ideas on how to build electrostatic drivers just own it and state why. 

    This. When Jude made one of his vids about HE-1, you could clearly see Sennheiser looked at Stax's design. And that's considering Sennheiser has some knowledge with stats Mr. Speaker doesn't have (yet). Generally speaking, this industry is strange with this aspect. Looking at stat's, maybe they fear the unlimited wrath of our icelandic grumpy baker :D

    BTW I'm curious. They may claim they don't look at competitors, but round re-inforced stators and metallic finish are screaming 009 btw.


  2. Bump in the low mids, like old Lambdas (I think about my Lambda Signature), check. Lacking some excitment compared to Staxens, kinda german coldness in the mids, check. Sometimes biting in the highs in spite of flat high mids (Sennheiser tone for me), check. All around I pretty liked them, but there's indeed something a tiny bit too cold / distant compared to what may be a coloration from Staxens.

    Don't completely agree with your assessment on soundstage though, but looks like you're a man of deep layered soundstages more than volumic ones.

    Eager to see you daring tear them apart and hardcore modify them :ph34r:


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  3. Even after modding it, I was never completely satisfied with my 727. Stock, it's just wrong, with bloated / murky bass, very metallic tone in the high mids, and you can't adjust volume correctly, because of compressed dynamic. Volume up to get some dynamic, volume down because of harshness, perpetual motion eventually.

    When modded, things are way better, but it remains something unnatural, between the overall warm balance and this metallic tone in the high mids that's still there, even if less pronunced.

    In the end, I do prefer my brave ol' SRM-1/mk2 Pro. Obviously it's no BHSE (bass, details, soundstage, impact, whatever), but it's consistent, and there's nothing disturbing in its presentation.


  4. What does prevent Stax from doing some innovations, like Sic FET or Circlotron ? Same question about regulated PSU and moar current capability...Japanese pride ? Design philosophy to keep it "simple" (let's say conservative) and with a small enough footprint ?


  5. 4 hours ago, DefQon said:

    Apart from the SR-2 and the SR-X MK3 Pro, the SR-5NB is also one Stax model I have not owned or heard. How does it compare to the regular SR-5? 

    I own both (SR-5 Gold = last version, black cups and ribbon cable), and I do prefer regular SR-5. The latter are more engaging, more foot-tapping, with this medium to die for.

    SR-5NB have more technicalities, but somehow dull to my ears. But hey, remember I'm not a die-hard fan of my LNS (which will end up in some ad to sell), and did sell my 007mk1 because I found them definitely too shy, even out of my BHSE.


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