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still no word from audio magus. I submitted negative reseller ratings for them. I hate doing that, but when it's been 6 days since I emailed and still no response... That and there were only two previous ratings. One positive, one only slightly satisfied. They did have an avg of 7.98... not once the 0's are avg. in.
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The Stax system showed up today ...

I'm pretty stoked ...

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I'm going to spend a couple weeks deciding whether I keep it or not ...

As discussed with a couple other OCN folk ... it's between keeping this and purchasing some Grado GS1000's ...

So lots of listening and considering to do.

But right out of the box ...

WOW! What an insane and unbelievable soundstage compared to my RS1's!

Really ... the soundstage on these things is down right supernatural sounding.

I didn't get it at first ... rather I wanted to focus on some of the nit picky, immediate and quibbling "negative" aspects compared to the RS1's (little less bass extension and impact ... mids a tiny bit more recessed than the Grados, etc.) ... but after spending an hour with them on my head ... those minor quibbles fade more and more into the background since the GIANT increase in soundstage is so damn fine sounding on my classical stuff and especially on my live boots and CD recordings.

Also ... they are nearly as meticulous in the detail category as the RS1's ... but just slightly less; but the flip side is that the increased spatial performance (sound stage/3D imaging/etc.) still makes certain aspects of certain recordings stand out in a much more beautiful and noticeable way than the more narrow, slightly more detailed RS1's ...

All of that stated ... I'm also very very enthralled by the similarities shared between the Stax rig and my dynamic, Grado RS1 based rig: insane speed and detail, palpable energy and dynamics ... and a very real sense of being "close to the players" (versus, say, the uber distanced, somewhat veiled window that certain other cans yield). Both the Stax option and the RS1 option shine in the energy/"magic" department for sure ...

So lots of thinking to do ... and I've only been listening for an hour ... but as I expressed to the guy who sold me this MINT, 1300 dollar (for $750!) Stax system (with only 200 or so hours on it) ... it is, without a doubt ... a very serious competitor when sat next to my 1700 dollar, regular dynamic setup (Stello HP100/Grado RS1's) ...

So more later ...

    
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yeah, I really liked stats the one time I heard them... I may need to give them a second look.
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post #5824 of 37823
Here's my entry level Headset. It has a detachable boom mic, so I guess you can categorize it as a "gaming headset". Looks like I'm the only one here who has some.

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After using koss portapro's for a week before passing them onto my girlfriend, I'm considering picking a pair up for myself and them taking them black with a perm marker XD.

I don't like to stand out, in a good or bad way lol.
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post #5826 of 37823
The Stax look good Joel, congrats .

I'm gonna go ahead and offer up my Marantz CD5001 to anyone in the club who may want it. I need to move to a Denon 2900 for the DVD playback for my dorm room (Playstation 2 is becoming crap) and I'd like to have SACD as well. I'm thinking like $175 shipped at the moment (price is probably negotiable). For a budget home cdp, really tough to get any better than this. It's a solid source, but better as a transport when paired with a dedicated DAC (has a single optical out and a single coax out). Lmk if you're at all interested, thanks. This will not be put up on HF or HC for a little while, if at all.

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post #5827 of 37823
I'd go with a Modded Oppo
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I'd go with a Modded Oppo
980 I assume. Any idea which opamp/s are used in the unit?
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980 I assume. Any idea which opamp/s are used in the unit?
it all depends the 983 is supposed to sound better. I chose the 980 because it can output DSD via HDMI for my receiver to decode. I want the new blue player though

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I'm contemplating a trade-in of my RP-21s for DT770s... Several decent deals have popped up on Audiogon lately, so I would guess I'd only be putting out about $40 for the upgrade. Pretty hard to pass that up.
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