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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STAX: Energisers – the essential differences

  Has anyone compared SNR of the Stax SRM-006tII and SRM-007tII to older Stax tube drivers such as the Stax SRM-006t? I want to evaluate 24 bit digital systems using Stax earspeakers and so starting with the quietest Stax drivers will be a good start. I have an older solid state Stax driver and am […]

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STAX: Using a Japanese specification amp in the UK?

Hi While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) but what […]

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STAX: Using a Japanese STAX amp in the UK?

From our archives: While at the Bristol show last year I had the opportunity to quickly demo a Stax headphone + amplifier set-up (I cannot remember the actual model – the headphones had rectangular-shaped pads and looked like the current 207/307/407 models). I was impressed. I have experience with middle-tier dynamic headphones (AKG, Beyerdynamic, Grado) […]

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STAX: Vintage better value than modern?

I’d be interested in your opinion of the relative merits of the SRM-001, SRM-252 II and SRD-X energisers and specifically, whether upgrading to the SRM-252 II from either of the others would yield significantly improved audio performance. I ask because I’m thinking about ‘rationalising’ my current Stax kit; SR-001MkII and SR-Lambda Pro/SRD-X. By upgrading from […]

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STAX: 4040 or Omega earspeakers for a blues enthusiast?

My system is LP12/ Itok/ Koetsu/Armageddon/Groove/Hi cap/82/250/Kabers.Some time back I bought a Densen 400XS CD player second hand to play a few discs I usually keep in the car. 30 Min’s into the first blues disc it sounded so bad I assumed I had a poor recording.On with another – same terrible sound.Even my wife […]

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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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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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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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STAX: “The sound was pretty unimpressive, – dark, slow, and very uninvolving and not very transparent”

Dear Howard, I hope you are well. Yup – pretty good (but far from pretty!) all things considered. I remember you shut down simply Stax in the late 1990s, and I can remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons for that might have been because the quality control of the Stax equipment you were […]

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STAX: Deteriorating gauze on vintage earspeakers

How can I replace the gauze on my old STAX earspeakers? These are the key points: 1.    The gauze is purely cosmetic. It is lightweight and open so as not to influence the sound. However because of this it offers no physical protection nor protection from dust. Or put differently, you can safely use your […]

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STAX: Their 717 & 727 energisers

Hi Howard, Very briefly, could you tell me if there is any significant improvement in sound between the older SRM 717 and the newer 727 solid state amplifiers. Also, I would be interested if you have any opinions on third party energisers for Stax earspeakers. I’ve seen several mentioned such as KGSS and Rudistor (at […]

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