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Old 08-23-2018, 01:31 PM
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Lightbulb Stax Ultimate Combo

Today, I pulled the trigger on the Stax T8000 Electrostatic Amplifier, and Stax SR-009S New Flagship Headphone.

I should have them in a few weeks.
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:44 PM
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Congrats. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the T8000 and whether STAX has stepped up their game here. I ordered the 009S recently as well (have 009 and both Mk1/Mk2 of 007s). But use a Woo WES as my driver currently
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Old 08-23-2018, 05:03 PM
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It's been quite a while since I've listened to a pair of Stax 009s (not 009S). I"ve heard many very positive reviews of the 009S with the HeadAmp BHSE and I'm curious how they would compare against my current setup. I feel that my Focal Utopias with the HeadAmp GS-X Mk2 is already an amazing setup, but I still can't help but wonder...
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:48 PM
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Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES

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It's been quite a while since I've listened to a pair of Stax 009s (not 009S). I"ve heard many very positive reviews of the 009S with the HeadAmp BHSE and I'm curious how they would compare against my current setup. I feel that my Focal Utopias with the HeadAmp GS-X Mk2 is already an amazing setup, but I still can't help but wonder...
Both 009 and 009S match great with a HeadAmp BHSE; it comes down to a matter of preference there. I own both headphones, and just sold my BHSE as I've taken delivery of a commissioned-build T2. The BHSE is still considered the defacto best "commercial" amp for these headphones. It is a phenomenal sounding amp for all top Stax headphones - 009/S, 007, L700. There were high hopes for the T8000, but impressions from the Stax enthusiast crowd (I've personally not heard one) have disappointed so far - i.e. they say not at the level of the similarly priced BHSE in terms of sound quality, power, or even circuitry sophistication. It should still sound good with 009S, I would hope - from reports, the T8000's slightly bright nature might be assumed to match with the 009S's slightly warm nature.

I also just sold my Utopias - I used them with the HeadAmp Gilmore Reference (predecessor to the GS-X) and Headroom Max Balanced (competitor to GS-X). I can easily say the BHSE with 009 or 009S performs at a higher level of sound quality, though the Utopia was certainly excellent in its own right. The only issue I had with 009/BHSE was low net gain, which can cause difficulty for some vinyl-based setups. The low gain structure of BHSE is ideal for 4V+ output balanced DACs. The Utopia setups always had tons of gain to spare - so I still used and enjoyed them with vinyl until I got the T2 for my 009/S, which also has plenty of gain.

I've been a huge Stax fan for 5 years now, since I first heard the 009 on a T2 (still the easy-win ultimate, of everything I've heard). It's unlikely any other headphone brand will ever eclipse Stax for me, though I'm partially hopeful for a new Sennheiser baby Orpheus that is Stax-compatible.

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I am thinking of pre ordering the Woo 3ES Elite version for the 009S pairing. I was hoping to get a few out in the wild with some reviews prior to pulling the trigger. Will also eagerly await Ivan's thoughts on T8000
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I know someone who might want that setup.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:52 PM
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They have shipped!
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Reference System: ACCUPHASE A250 AMPS, C3850 PRE-AMP, DP950 CD/SACD TRANSPORT, DC950 DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-58 DIGITAL EQUALIZER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS1230 POWER SUPPLY, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
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Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, HRS-MXR REFERENCE RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES

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Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E650 INTEGRATED, DP560 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3ís, CANTON REF K5ís, SILENZIO, HRS MXR REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X2 SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD CABLES
Bryston Active System: BP26 PRE-AMP, MPS2 POWER SUPPLY, BAX-1 CROSSOVER, BDA-3 DAC, BDP-3 PLAYER, BCD-3 CD PLAYER, BIT15(2), MODEL T ACTIVE SPEAKERS, 21B3 CUBED AMPS, SILENZIO, TARGET RACK, WIREWORLD SILVER CABLES

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Old 08-29-2018, 02:56 PM
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I just don't know. . . .

I really like the Orpheus [not that I'm running out to buy one] with its carrera marble case, electric opening top and glowing tubes.

How does the Stax compare?

You know I wouldn't get a bargain basement product!
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