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  1. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Why a difference?
  2. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Is there a problem with plugging stats into a live amp or unplugging from a live amp, as opposed to plugging into & unplugging from an unpowered amp? I have made those mistakes a couple of times.
  3. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Is an acrylic omega-style stand for my Stax SR-207 earspeakers a no-no because of static buildup? I just bought it but haven’t received it yet. I would use a dust over.
  4. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Talking about the pads: Given the price for Stax earspeakers, I was shocked to learn that the pads are affixed using adhesive sheets. I expected something more “mechanical” than adhesion. One pad is already peeling away a little bit.
  5. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I came across a video on YouTube on fitting very different, muff-style pads to the 207, using adhesive sheets & printed adaptor plates. Worthwhile? I would expect the sound to be quite different after that mod. On my 207 pair, the pad profile appears to be angled. I’m considering using 507 pads because they are leather. Those seems to be flat. Would I alter the sound significantly by using the 507 pads? Those adaptor plates feature ports. Do they really make a difference in the bass response? I’m very satisfied with bass reproduction as they are. Does it become muddy or boomy due to the ports? I don’t understand how they work since the drivers are completely “open”. What’s being vented?
  6. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    The SRM-1/Mk-2 has been played everyday for two weeks, and I am very pleased with it. Definitely a more solid sound than that of the SRM-252S. I need to get ready to do the recapping. I am considering replacing that weird & frustrating volume control with a Goldpoint 47-position attenuator, however, I do not know whether it will fit.
  7. Sisterray

    Refurbing a Stax SRM-1/Mk-2

    I did buy an SRM-1/Mk-2 through eBay a few days ago. I’ve subsequently come across a recapping procedure, so I plan on doing that in the near future. It’s a Model C, and it came out of a studio. It has two pro bias sockets.
  8. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I just bought that unit I mentioned earlier. $400. I expect to do work on it, especially recapping.
  9. The title says it all. My SRM-252S seems to be failing, indicated by hum. (It’s the 120V version.) I’ve been discussing it on the Stax thread in Headphones. While I lack the expertise & all of the tools to troubleshoot the amp, I do possess the tools & enough skill to refurb a working SRM-1/Mk-2, a unit I’d get from eBay. I understand the primary work is to replace the caps. Any experience?
  10. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I opened it up, and everything looked clean. I was hoping to see something obviously wrong, but there wasn’t anything that looked scorched or singed. I lack the expertise to go probing. I’m a kit builder & modder, not a troubleshooter.
  11. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    The wall wart says 120V. I presume the screws are beneath the rubber feet. They are stuck-on with tough adhesive. That SRM-1/Mk-2 is again looking attractive.
  12. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    The saga continues... All seemed fine today until I turned off the amp & pulled the plug from the jack. The hum rose quickly in level & changed in timbre. It then disappeared as the plug left the jack. I could not hear any residual hum in the earspeakers after that. It seems to be an amp issue, for sure. Is it failing?
  13. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    More on a better amp: Would moving from an SRS-252S to an STM-1/Mk-2 be an improvement, since the 252S is a much newer amp?
  14. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I tried my Onkyo with the stats this afternoon. The hum developed, but weakly, and then disappeared. I couldn’t hear it when I switched back to the Sony changer. A mystery.
  15. Sisterray

    The Headcase Stax thread

    I’ll do that tonight. I’m not sure a 25-year-plus amp is worth the cost of purchase & refurbishment. That could end-up being $700-$800, if professionally done. I can get an SRM-353X for around $1K, made for North American line voltage, from Elusive Disc.
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