STAX: UK reliability

How reliable is STAX equipment? There is no quick answer to this. It depends on if we are discussing recent equipment or historic equipment, and also if we are considering the earspeakers or the energisers. My comments here are based on having sold very large quantities of STAX from August 2004 until I decided to […]

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STAX: SRM-1/MkII driver (normal bias) & Lambda Nova earspeakers?

I have an SRM-1/MkII driver (normal bias) and a pair of Lambda Nova Signature earspeakers (pro bias), all in good working order. The connector on the cord of the earspeakers fits the receptacles on the SRM-1 fine, and when the earspeakers are plugged into the SRM-1 they produce sound ok (though not as good sound […]

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TANGENT: RS4 speakers and the tricky question of appropriate resale pricing

Hi Howard. I own a pair of Tangent RS4 speakers. While searching the web for an approximate price I came across your review. I love these speakers and have owned them since I was in high school ( I graduated in 1980). I am 51 now and I am moving- downsizing. I recently sold my […]

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LFD AUDIO: Dr. Bews discusses the 2019 integrated LE(VI)

Hello Dr. Bews. What can you tell us about this new release? 20 years of evolution of the LE range of integrated amplifiers has resulted in the new LE(VI) which takes over from the LE(V). A complete revamp of the input stage in the power section where the following: carbon composite, carbon film resistors and […]

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Ask Mr.H: Why is “We Built This City” considered such a horrible song from a music perspective?

  Mr. H says: LOATH that song and to such an extent that I cannot offer an objective answer. But some others can, and so: Rocci Disopa, former Recording Engineer answered May 16Because the old Airplane were seminal figures in the ‘hippy’ counter culture movement of the Sixties. They were considered radicals, purveyors of a […]

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Is the Audiophile hobby in the UK dying?

Hi guys…this question I’m going to pose is not intended to russel up anyone’s feathers, moreover, I ask this question because I have (in recent years) noticed a significant change in the downward trend of attitude/outlook/customer service/passion/integrity/motivation/product knowledge/politeness, and so many other elements from the very people who are serving to sell companies products to […]

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LFD AUDIO: DIY tweaking of their products

Occasionally I get a phone call or email about tweaking of a piece of LFD Audio electronics. Howard …. how about changing internal wiring, removing filters, adding better ones, inserting very expensive fuses making tweaks that seem obvious? I have two thoughts on this: first, there isn’t a product in the world that cannot be […]

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STAX: Bass performance – 404 and Omega-2 earspeakers compared

Is your proposal that I should change the amplifier and keep the headphone or do I need the Omega and the 007 II together to improve the result? If bass performance is the most significant aspect for you, then all you need do is change the energiser from the 006t to the 007t II and […]

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PODIUM LOUDSPEAKERS: Lacking bass weight?

Some ‘experts’ on forums said that the Podium’s lacked real bottom end. True or false. Complete rubbish. They had terrific bass. The point is that for some of these forum nutters, if it isn’t a Linn Isobaric type of bass, then it’s no good. Bonkers. There are in my view a few reasons for not […]

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STAX: SRD5

Dear Sir … I found your website and thought that I would let you know that I still have the SRD5 Energiser but seem to have mislaid the headset. I bought them in 1969 and thoroughly enjoyed listening but I think the energiser developed a fault and I stopped using them. Your website made me […]

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STAX: The 717 & Stax 313

Hi Howard. My question relates to both the 717 and 313 energisers. What can you tell me? Hmm. Well … I had to look up my notes from 2005 from my SimplySTAX days because off the top of my head I just couldn’t remember. Anyway verbatim, here are my notes from that period. I hope […]

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STAX: From the (2008) archives / Stax earspeakers – broken headbands and glue that is melting

Howard Popeck writes: I’ve received a number of calls recently regarding broken headbands on some models of STAX earspeakers and to a lesser extent, glue which is not keeping the ear pads in place. My advice to people is as follows: If your purchase is within the warranty period, then you should phone Mr. Crump […]

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STAX: 4040 system and preamps

Will my SR-4040 system, or any STAX system for that matter sound better if I upgrade my preamp? Well, without wishing to be evasive, there’s no definitive answer to this. Sorry – but I’m happy to share my thoughts with you – and no doubt you’ll draw your own conclusions. First, I have a concern […]

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Blast from the past from 2006: Howard, what’s your current system?

Howard Popeck Due to the nature of my work, I use quite a few pieces of equipment in various combinations. So my own answer should be seen in the light of what I am listening to currently rather than my favourite system.At the moment I am using a system comprising all second-hand units bought off […]

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STAX: Talent DAC in two versions

Hello Howard and Neil. There are 2 types of STAX Talent DAC – Talent and Talent dB. Do you know the differences? In a word, no, I don’t know the differences. Very few DAC Talent units were imported into the UK and so information is scarce. it had quite good reviews at the time but […]

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STAX: The SR3 & SRD-5 … and more?

Hi Howard. Just found HFA;  full of useful stuff. I am interested in the differences between the electret and mains powered energisers. I have a pair of Stax headphones labelled “New” SR3 which originally (when I bought them in 1975) came with an SRD-5 energiser. The SRD-5 (which is mains powered) was changed for an […]

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