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Isn't everybody glad that I'm crazy enough to buy this stuff and have Kevin rip it apart?   

I have compared the 009 and 009S running from the same amp (T8000) today. The room was somewhat quiet, but I had only two source options: my iPhone (connected through Apple's lightning adapter direc

Ok...I had an interesting morning.  It isn't every day that one takes apart HE90 drivers.    Sorry no picks as I was too freaked out while handling something so delicate and well...fucking unobtainium

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15 hours ago, spritzer said:

It's mostly me pushing for this as it is the second to last piece of the house renovation.  It's silly expensive though... the stone countertops are in the 10k$ range... 

thats only the price of two 009's. :)

 

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16 hours ago, spritzer said:

It's mostly me pushing for this as it is the second to last piece of the house renovation.  It's silly expensive though... the stone countertops are in the 10k$ range... 

What kind of stone is it?  I kind of like the lava stone table top.  It should be cheap there in Iceland.  :)

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Nothing is cheap in Iceland...nothing at all.  :)  It is one of those artificial materials, Dekton or something like that.  Most of the cost is installation and cutting it all. 

I've been baking professionally since I was a child so not an interest, more what I was born into.  I can't do it anymore though due to my bum knee so I've been focusing on other things more recently. 

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That's a hardcore project.  :)  I'm helping a friend now removing all the tiles off the floor, redo most of the internal walls, going through all the electrical stuff and some more which intense enough... 

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Hifiman e-stats sound a bit too soft to me, but way better than their planars. Surely will have followers, but I can imagine they will upgrade soon. Buy yours then, if it's your type of sound, and if you trust Hifiman reliability. 

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On 9/10/2018 at 1:40 AM, spritzer said:

Ok, it is official...shit has gone crazy!! 

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/u220740177

So that's the super rare SR-2 which Stax never officially made...for 4k$.  There was an epic bidding war right up to the last second.  I felt I overpaid for my set when I paid 250$ for it...  :palm:

Absolute bargain compared to some of the junk that gets pumped out recently. oBravo Ra C-Cu ($9990 USD and heard from multiple source it requires a desktop amp to reach it full potential) Makes a full Stax setup look cheap.

17 hours ago, spritzer said:

New Stax product for the 80th anniversary.... a black SR-009... ::)

https://stax.co.jp/products/sr-009bk/

 

OMG they only going to make 180 world wide. Santa I've been good this year. Wishlist ticked

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And the 009S diaphragm is probably honestly better anyway (leaner, seemingly faster transient decay, if not as "tone appropriate" -whatever that means- and indeed harsh as the original 009). It is just a $ and 'build the brand' side-load, even if a relatively small one. The Committee at Stax, the Japanese operators, Meguro, and Edifier were at odds..., mulling development and the eventual- as in seemingly somewhat up in the air, release of whatever product iteration is to succeed the 009/S.. I should qualify and say the 009 is still good, I simply have preferred given/in time what their 009S (product iteration) brought to market, not that I should say anything there.

Certainly the successor will be better, but how much better will they choose to let on. The 'S' is 'alright' to pretty good already.

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On 10/13/2018 at 3:38 AM, purk said:

I'm not going to overpay for the SR009...when I can get them used for around $2500 now.....sadly I paid $3800 for mine a few years back.  Some of us even paid $5500ish back when the US economy was tanking.

Well I'm a sucker who just ordered one. Holidaying in Japan at the moment so got it tax free. Couldn't resist the all black housing.

Who here prefers the SR-009 over the SR-009s?

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