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I just checked, even staining them to get a pretty color, your looking at $549 plus shipping... yikes, that is pricey. I think at that point I would rather just save up for STAX. I am pretty happy with the t20rp mk3, $109 (assuming I get the rebate) and $40 earpads... can't beat it for the price point. M50x bass is probably better than this, but this is a diff kind of bass, it is hard to explain, but it is def a bass I prefer, I owned the m50x before and they never impressed me, no soundstage or imaging at all imo. These have better imaging/soundstage than even my t90s did, throw in that bass, no harsh treble, its a def winner for its price.

Hmmmm.... A local store carries Fostex, I should probably take a look in there to see if I'd even like the basic sound profile of them first. Surprisingly, it's also the same store that carries Audeze and HiFiman ^_^

Aaaaanyways, yup, it's expensive but they at least have a chance of working with my current gear - something that Stax definitely can't do. Am I willing to try out Stax? Totally, it's just the whole bit about having to have it's own setup, changing cables around whenever I want to listen to them, and all that fun stuff.... Also, hubby likes the purple ZMF Vibro's, so that's always a good perk (aka he wants a nice pair of closed back headphones too). tongue.gif Don't forget that not only is it $549 USD before shipping, I also want the case (because, why not at $40 USD), and the higher end cable they offer (because it looks nice, and hubby also wants one because the twisted pairs won't dig into his shoulders like some thick cabled headphones can (aka ATH-M50X's))

The ATH-M50X's are a nice pair of headphones, but they do come with a wide selection of issues, namely being they're going to be set aside permanently for my djing setup, but also mainly the fact that as nice as they are, I don't quite know if their v-shape sound signature is all to my liking anymore for listening to and enjoying music. Will I get rid of them? Nope, like I said, they're great for djing, and they're also my "go outside and 'get fresh air' (because apparently the window RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME isn't fresh enough according to my parents when they talk to me on the phone tongue.gif )"

I'd love to just go outright with the Mr.Speakers Ether C, but at $1899 CAD through the nearest retailer (and they only carry the original one atm) that's quite the pretty penny to be toying with.
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Not a fan of Stax ?

Lol. Not only do I collect them, but I mean come on. Look at my avatar.

I just think cheap stax is a terrible idea. And the amplifier it comes with is a very sad joke.

Plus there is no reason to buy cheap stax gear like that for that price.

For a little bit more you can find yourself a good stax amp and MAYBE some 404s for around 600 bucks on head-fi.

You should only buy new stax stuff when you have the money to go all out and buy some high end stuff.
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Lol. Not only do I collect them, but I mean come on. Look at my avatar.

I just think cheap stax is a terrible idea. And the amplifier it comes with is a very sad joke.

Plus there is no reason to buy cheap stax gear like that for that price.

For a little bit more you can find yourself a good stax amp and MAYBE some 404s for around 600 bucks on head-fi.

You should only buy new stax stuff when you have the money to go all out and buy some high end stuff.

It took me a bit of detective work to figure out what headphones (or ear-speakers) your avatar was wearing when I first found this thread ages ago biggrin.gif . The STAX do have a very distinct look smile.gif .
   
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Lol. Not only do I collect them, but I mean come on. Look at my avatar.

I just think cheap stax is a terrible idea. And the amplifier it comes with is a very sad joke.

Plus there is no reason to buy cheap stax gear like that for that price.

For a little bit more you can find yourself a good stax amp and MAYBE some 404s for around 600 bucks on head-fi.

You should only buy new stax stuff when you have the money to go all out and buy some high end stuff.

Is there a big difference between the 2170 and higher end Stax's ?

See many people rave about the 2170 set and allthough i never heard any Stax i almost feel bad for buying an expensive amp a few weeks ago.
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Is there a big difference between the 2170 and higher end Stax's ?

See many people rave about the 2170 set and allthough i never heard any Stax i almost feel bad for buying an expensive amp a few weeks ago.
I believe the general consensus is that the new ones are good if you go with the SR-007/9 or maybe the L700 and the others are so-so given the prices.
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Was it boredgunner who was looking for a portable amp? Massdrop has a drop going right now he might be interested in:

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/firestone-fireye-hdb

Seems to be a pretty solid little box from what I can dig up about it.
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Is there a big difference between the 2170 and higher end Stax's ?

See many people rave about the 2170 set and allthough i never heard any Stax i almost feel bad for buying an expensive amp a few weeks ago.

Yeah, higher end headphones have a smoother sound. Stax is a weird company and IMO, they kind of mess around a lot, but they are not stupid.

If they thought these headphones sounded like a 300 series, 400 series, or 500 series, they would have named them as such.
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I believe the general consensus is that the new ones are good if you go with the SR-007/9 or maybe the L700 and the others are so-so given the prices.

SR-007/9 is a hugely different price range though, several times more expensive then the 2170 set.

Wish i had a local audio shop here that carries Stax, really want to hear what the fuss is all about.
But then again i just bought an expensive amp, selling it will probably hurt my soul to, especially if i wont like the Stax.
If i would buy Stax only thing i could buy seems to be the SR 005, 2170 and maybe 3170.

Dutch price list:
http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjck_D0u53NAhUMDMAKHe_JDCYQFggrMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wilbert.nl%2Fimages%2Fprijslijsten%2Fstax.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGMvHBp1RhKVx4wpUQpdQ-xKEYsLw&sig2=CeSXOu9xJo61tNOmHKyuNw
Pretty bad isnt it ?

Not much to be found 2nd hand either.
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Yeah, higher end headphones have a smoother sound. Stax is a weird company and IMO, they kind of mess around a lot, but they are not stupid.

If they thought these headphones sounded like a 300 series, 400 series, or 500 series, they would have named them as such.

So its not that every Stax "earphone" is good ?
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So its not that every Stax "earphone" is good ?

Eh. That is a vastly more complex question than you think it is.

The best way I could answer that is by asking you what you listen to.

Do you listen to classical and jazz? If so, then all stax headphones are good and you only get progressively better as you move up the line.

Do you listen to classic rock? Well then you should probably start off with a 300 series at least and should probably consider going to the 400 series.

Do you listen to everything the music world has to offer? Well then you probably want to at least get some 507s and mod them or the 404les.

Do you want an end game headphone, well then you want the sr-007 or leave stax all together and get the sennheiser HE-60.
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SR-307, SR-407 and SR-507 have the same transducer with minor differences in the housing, cable and earpads.

SR-207 uses different diaphragms but many (including experienced older gentlemen) seem to prefer it over the higher Lambda models for its smoother sound. The other X07 ear speakers are brighter than the previous SR-X0X series e.g. SR-404 and also have a bit of a midbass hump.
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