STAX: SRA-14s – possibly one of the all-time great pre-amps?

“Finally I was able to acquire an SRA-14S and it has arrived now! No phono equalizer modules however. A previous owner had been cutting copper tracks on the input/switching pcb and added a lot of wires (in different places than the cut traces). Neatly done, but still…. Maybe he had some problem with the switches? […]

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HIGH END GEAR: What do you consider to be high end vintage gear?

I’m changing this around a little. I’ve decided to leave out turntables because there are already a few good threads on them. I am also leaving out integrated amps because I don’t want to go down that road. If you want to post integrated amps, please create a new thread. If you disagree with any […]

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STAX: Cassiel OFS (Optimised-for-STAX) power cords: User comment #01

Hello Howard Yes the cords arrived as promised….thank you. Do they work? The quick answer is yes. The longer answer is I am not sure how well they work yet as they are not burnt-in. The problem was with my Linn LP 12 Lingo power supply. I have tried various replacement cords in an attempt […]

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STAX: DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

  Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context […]

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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: 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: 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: 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: SRA-14S

Dear Howard. Grateful for your views as to whether the captioned extension cable (6-pin in/female & 5-pin out/male) will work with a pair of SR-3 earspeaker into the normal socket of a SRA-14s. Many thanks in advance. I am finding this a very difficult question to answer with any confidence. First, despite many years of […]

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STAX: End-user thinking of importing STAX for own use?

Hi Howard. I know you resigned the STAX agency some years back. Can you offer some advice though? I am thinking of importing STAX for my own use? In my direct personal experience the following comments apply equally to new STAX equipment or used equipment: All STAX items have serial numbers. This means that any […]

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STAX: ELS-F83X full-range electrostatic speakers; a user’s thoughts

I own a pair of ELS-F83X Stax speakers that I bought through the advice of a close friend whose opinions I value very highly. He rang me one night knowing I wanted to buy a good pair of speakers and told me that these were available. However only one was working which was a fact […]

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