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  1. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    There are quite a few issues with using the SoCas adapters to fit the modern stax pads on an old set. First and foremost these headphones are designed to have angled pads while the Lx00-series Have the driver itself angled. If you want to use conventional pads on stax that is a VERY bad idea. The volume of the pads is significantly larger than what the driver is intended for and you'll end up with a boomy mess. I'd say you should just stick to the type of pads that are meant for your headphone, or at least close. Stax still sells the EP234 pads which is what you are looking for if your old pads are worn.
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    The Headcase Stax thread

    I agree with what has been said here, never too late to learn to use a soldering iron! That is really the hardest part since people who are way smarter than me have created great circuits that are free to use, you simply need to assemble it all. I technically did know how to use a soldering iron when I decided to start DIYing stuff about a year ago but my knowledge of everything about analog electronics were quite rudimentary, and I'm still in the same boat as jamesmking that I can't really make any circuits myself barring really simple stuff. After about 5 months of DIY I started the KGSSHV which was my first HV build and it went surprisingly smooth even with a so-so soldering iron and my general clumsiness. You really can save a lot of money and it is EXTREMELY rewarding to finish something you made yourself. Just be careful about high voltages like the others have said While I have no experience with audiophonics myself I know a few people who have liked what they bought from there (mostly chassis though).
  3. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Getting parts from Stax turned out to not be a pain! I had to go through my country's Stax importer but it was a pretty painless process so now new wool and 234BL earpads are on the way! I was wondering about the resistors/thermistors/whatever in the earcups though. What is their function? Current limiting the stators? Could they become an issue with time? I'm refurbing this pair of lambdas to be as nice as possible, so I'd like to remove/replace them if that is necessary when I open the headphones.
  4. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Well fuck, guessing I'm shit out of luck as far as getting original foam goes at least. Have any idea about something that could work as an approximation of the stock wool? I'll just fool around with different damping myself if not.
  5. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Question: How does the SR-Lambda (NB) change when the foam in the front and wool stuff in the back is removed? I have a normal bias lambda and I finally got around to fixing some balance issues with it. It has no damping in front of or behind the driver (removed by earlier owner). I'm assuming the stuff in the back of the driver has less of an effect on the response than the foam in the front.
  6. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I have a large noggin. Use the L500/L700/009S style headband at 7-8/10 clicks. The 507 is the most comfy lambda I've tried honestly. Only shortcoming is the ear opening could stand to be a few millimetres deeper. I also think it feels more sturdy than the advanced lambda series with their McDonalds plastic.
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    The Headcase Stax thread

    Personally I found it had absolutely no lower midrange to speak of. So despite having good bass extension it sounded horrifically thin. The top end was also like razor blades to my ears, which was a first for me. I actually tried a high-shelf EQ filter where i took down everything from 2k down by 5dB and it still sounded bright. I feel like there has to be some kind of odd order distortion going on, but measurements by Tyll show none of that. Those measurements also show an ok frequency response though, which was definitely not my experience. For reference I tried it on 006t, SRD-7 with a speaker amp and my KGSSHV. Sounded bad on all of them.
  8. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I fucking hated the 507 FWIW. Absolutely the worst Stax I've heard by far. Peaky and bright mess regardless of amplification. The only headphone where I straight up didn't enjoy listening to music.
  9. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    All right, thank you. I know transformers are far from ideal in the signal path but had no idea just how non-ideal they were.
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Listening to Time I by Wintersun. What this album lacks in quantity (only 40 minutes long) it certainly makes up in quality. My favorite metal album of all time by far, and probably one of the the more well produced ones.
  11. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    For the SRD style transformer boxes like the Woo WEE, SRD-7 and of course Spritzer's take on the SRD-7, what determines the current output? The voltage is simple step up operation, but most good electrostatic amps are designed to output large amounts of current, so what holds these transformer boxes back from competing with "real" amplifiers assuming the power amplifier is of high quality? To rephrase, if someone was getting into Stax and already had a great power amp, at which point would it just make more sense to go for a standalone amplifier?
  12. Scgorg

    Technical Assistance/Advice Thread

    I'm really not seeing their point here, they say themselves that digital transmissions have error correction but then proceed to say unwanted radio frequency signals/electrical noise can get into the data that is transmitted if the cable is bad? Wouldn't the purpose of error correction be to avoid deviation from the original data? I'm gonna say these people are looking to sell, as businesses do. When was the last time someone complained that the bits they got at the end of a cable were different than those that entered?
  13. Scgorg

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I knew this clusterfuck would have to make its way here at some point. Impressed at how fast it happened. I'm starting to think this thinker guy is either: 1. A shill, he has shown a serious lack of restraint for praising products over the moon in the past, including Perun products. Hmmm... 2. An unrelenting fanboy who can't conceive that someone he likes would make a sub-par product, let alone garbage. Rest assured I'll have to agree with Birgir that thinker is not much of a thinker, nor tinkerer Also, for those who want another gem from head-fi, some guy is selling a KSE1500 with a kingsound portable amp that he claims is substantially better (just lol). If this wasn't bad enough he has reterminated it to pro-bias plugs and the cable is a fucking braided cable in the style of typical IEMs. I lack words for how dumb this is. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/wtt-wts-d10-dac-km03-electrostatic-amp-kse1500-bundle-last-price-drop.908902/
  14. Scgorg

    What are you reading now?

    Reading has slowly been taking less and less of my time but I've forced myself to do some because I always enjoy it once I actually pick up a book. Decided to reread what is one of my favorite books of all time; I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes. It is a spy-thriller with a lot of tense moments and a very straightforward but engaging story. I've always been told I have an odd taste in entertainment but this book just really does it for me. Other than that I just finished reading Busemannen (the boogeyman) by Knut Nærum. I have no idea if that one was ever translated to English, but for anyone here who is Norwegian/Swedish/Danish I highly recommend it. It's best described as a parody of the thriller genre.
  15. Scgorg

    Kaldas Research

    You know, even if it ends up being an "epic fail" as you describe it, you still seem to have made a product where you account for everything (within reasonability). The product does not appear rushed, you are not price gouging etc. You've used a lot of time and knowledge in making the product a reality, so I feel confident that EVEN IF the product is bad you will still use it as a stepping stone for making even greater products in the future. Making a bad product isn't an issue, never making a better one is Just some encouraging words from someone who is very much looking forward to the headphone, and who will most likely buy one regardless of what consensus ends up being.