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For reasons of desktop space ... I tentatively ordered the 252S amp; it just came in today and I'm at work listening to it via a little Cowon J3 DAP as source since that's all I have on hand...

 

And man, you weren't kidding. With SR-307's, it's a bit boggling how good the diminutive 252S amp sounds. In all honesty, even via memory, it sounds markedly better to my ear than did the vintage T1W amp I recently had and sold. Mostly in regard to cleanliness/clarity. Pretty amazed. Kind of anxious to hear the Koss ESP950 cans I have too but waiting for them to be shipped back from warranty. If my dynamic stuff goes by the wayside, which is crossing my mind more and more of late, I can already see myself getting the 323S amp...

 

;-)

 

How are you finding the 307? I have a pair I use for listening while I fall asleep (so I don't need to worry about what happens to them - I don't do this with 007 or 009), and I find they are hard to beat for the price (haven't heard any old Lambdas though) - good bass, very good mids, and highs are quite good too, though I listen at low volume. Seriously underrated pair of headphones.

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Nice!  I am interested in the 252S.  You'll have to borrow my 404LE to try out. 

 

I have been seriously surprised by how good it sounds with the 307's ... especially once I got home and hooked it up to my desktop DAC.  In fact, I've already contacted Justin to return it in exchange for a 323S because I've decided to sell my dynamic amp/cans. I just prefer the more natural presentation of the Stax over the colored/emphasized tone of the GS1000's and as long as I'm committing, I figure I'll spend a bit more on the 323S as I think it will be more extensible over the long run. Factor in the Koss cans I have as well and I can see myself being quite happy with an all electrostat set up.

 

Would still like to borrow the 404LE's ... I'll let you know once I get the whole amp exchange thing figured out/suss'd.

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How are you finding the 307? I have a pair I use for listening while I fall asleep (so I don't need to worry about what happens to them - I don't do this with 007 or 009), and I find they are hard to beat for the price (haven't heard any old Lambdas though) - good bass, very good mids, and highs are quite good too, though I listen at low volume. Seriously underrated pair of headphones.

 

I'm really impressed with them combined with the SRM-252S. I had no idea that little amp would sound so good. I like the 307's FAR better with the 252S than I did with the SRM-T1W (which I had for about a week and which sounded sort of dry/dull and etchy with the 307's). 

 

The only other benchmark I have to compare the 307's with would be the SR-303's ... which I also really liked and which I think might have been just a bit more smooth sounding than the 307's ... but that's just distant memory talking and so who knows.

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  • 2 weeks later...

well... after sending PJ the photo, he, his dealer and STAX still insist that the scratches are made up and want to send back my 009. I agreed.

I surely hope that STAX has done something to the phone and claimed to not have. I'll be looking over them with a magnifying glass this time... if those scratches are still there... I will probably just call my CC and try to get a charge back... (got scammed similarly to this about 3 years ago and my CC honored the charge back.)

And apparently removing the earpad will void the warranty... WTF.... that's a first for me...

We will see if STAX's and PJ's reputation still hold up next week...

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yup... either that or they have really bad eyes and as long as they send me the wrong set that they are looking at which doesn't have problems, I might still be fine... ::)

 

That thing came up a few times during some conversations... don't exactly know what it is but the description claims "its design is as good as 717/727 and uses better material, so it should beat them with ease..." which is the description every taobao crap amp uses... I can't find any internal photo which is not surprising given that the person hasn't sold any...

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yup... either that or they have really bad eyes and as long as they send me the wrong set that they are looking at which doesn't have problems, I might still be fine... ::)

 

That thing came up a few times during some conversations... don't exactly know what it is but the description claims "its design is as good as 717/727 and uses better material, so it should beat them with ease..." which is the description every taobao crap amp uses... I can't find any internal photo which is not surprising given that the person hasn't sold any...

 

I wasn't hoping for much but one is ever so curious.  Could be a variation of the same circuit King Sound uses in the M-10 and the sockets might be the King Sound units as well.  It's hard to tell with any certainty but it appears to have the same textured finish. 

 

I like the case though, save for the choice of power button/switch

 

Looks like a version of this design:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2609-Full-aluminum-chassis-Preamp-box-Power-amp-Enclosure-Case-DIY-/400526703642?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Amplifier_Parts&hash=item5d41407c1a

 

There is also the 2607 so this could be the 2608...

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