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I wonder on what I'm missing out with my older Stax SR--007 Omega 2 and SRM-007t combo compared to the newer Stax gear?
Has anyone compared the newer gear to the old Sennheiser Orpheus (my old headphone reference)?
I did listen recently to the Sennheiser HD 800's finally, thank goodness!, and found them compellingly quite fitting for old-style binaural recordings, yet quite "flat" and lacking that spatial acoustic "verve" compared to the ol' Stax on "regular" CD's.
The only Stax I found unwelcome to listen to were the old SR-Gammas, with their associated "energizer": no matter what hi-end amplifier I would mate them with, they sound was almost on par with the Sennheiser HD 560 Ovation II, which were in dire need of an upgraded model. Thankfully the HD 580 came out, and Sennheiser dynamic cans began to sound decent.
I was very happy to find this review here. Thank you, Roy Gregory!
I had been waiting for a review of Stax earspeakers as they have been my 'headphone' of choice for many years. Hopefully in the future, new products will be compared to the Stax' products.
I had a pair of the series 1 Omegas with the 007t for a couple of years. I bought them when I could not listen later in the evening due to the neighbours.
I quite enjoyed using them with CD but not so much with vinyl the extra spatial information did not come across, they were also fairly loose in the bass.
Ultimately I much prefer listening to loud speakers. I sold them eventually as I never used them after moving to a detached house.
The Stax did not seem to offer a great deal more,if any thing, than the pair of Denon D5000 I run from my benchmark Dac when playing music from the computer, hi and low res.
I think they are something you really need to try for a while to see if you are going to benefit from using them - some listeners swear by them. They did seem to make my ears buzz slightly at times - a complaint another user I knew found.
When I gave them to a friend to try he complained of lack of bottom end.
Head fi users talk of special amps built for the Omegas giving much superior performance.
From my ownership I could not recommend spending almost 3k on them.
It is all very well a reviewer eulogising about gear but from my extensive experience you need to take it with a spoon full of sugar and certainly with these ear speakers you really need to try them out for yourself.