Jump to content
Sonis

Article: Review: Stax SR-L300 Electrostatic Headphones

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

Great piece!  FWIW, Stax cushions have always seemed a bit thinner & more fragile in feel than most others. They actually glued themselves together on my SRX Mk 3s after being left unused for a few months when we built our house & moved.

 

Thanks for the info & its articulate presentation!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are they able to handle full  dynamic range? The Stax headphones I've listened to didn't do better than "polite" volume, weren't a good choice for full orchestra and

Wagnerian opera


Regards,

Dave

 

Audio system

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent review. Thank you


Furutech GTX-D>J River 23>Curious USB>Wyred4Sound DAC2v2 SE>Moon Audio Blue Dragon IC>Cavalli Liquid Fire>Q French Silk Headphone cable>Audeze LCD2rev2>my ears>audiophile brain

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, davide256 said:

Are they able to handle full  dynamic range? The Stax headphones I've listened to didn't do better than "polite" volume, weren't a good choice for full orchestra and

Wagnerian opera

Even if you like your hearing damaged, the SR-L300 will do it for you! Of course, this has a lot to do with what amplifier/energizer one uses. For instance, the HiFiMan Jade2 amp won’t drive the phones as loudly as will Stax’s own, new, SRM-700T amp, but still, the HiFIMan amp will certainly drive them as loudly as I would ever want to drive them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Mercman said:

I have always found that Stax headphones provide a special musical experience.

As have I.

 

I consider Stax the Leica of audio. Special and magical in every way.


Founder of Audiophile Style

Announcing Polestar | Quick Community Reviews and Ratings

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for your review! Enjoyed reading it (but I am slightly biased... I'm addicted to my SR 507/SRM oo6ts combi...).

 

And indeed, Stax is classic, I lusted for them decades before I could afford a pair. What also strikes me: in many reviews of headphones the name "Stax"  pops up.. there has to be a reason for this...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Norton said:

Look like the entry level SR-L300 and SRM-252S combo is imported into the UK and available from bricks and mortar dealers for £795.

And since 2017, from this review (giving details of the UK distributor). When where these made?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, bluesman said:

Great piece!  FWIW, Stax cushions have always seemed a bit thinner & more fragile in feel than most others. They actually glued themselves together on my SRX Mk 3s after being left unused for a few months when we built our house & moved.

 

Thanks for the info & its articulate presentation!

I’m given to understand that replacing the SR-L300’s included ear pads with those from the SR-L700, or an aftermarket thicker and better pad will increase the bass response of these phones by a goodly amount. Haven’t tried it myself, however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mm

4 hours ago, Sonis said:

The phones and the amp/energizer are still being made. They simply don’t sell them, at the moment, in North America. So your question is somewhat puzzling. There’s no way to tell exactly when they were made. But I guess they get new stock when the GB importer/distributor runs low....

I read the Hi-Fi+ article you referenced. I need to make it clear that my experience is with the SR-L300 using the new Stax SRM-700T (for Tube) amplifier/energizer, and the HiFiMan Jade 2 amplifier/energizer. I have no experience with the SRS-252S amp/energizer at all. I’ve never even seen one, much less heard one. But the choice of amplifier/energizer has an awful lot to do with how these phones sound. The new $3400 SRM-700T definitely make these (and indeed, any ES phones) sit up and do tricks. And while the HiFiMan Jade 2 amp/energizer sounds very good, the SR-L300s don’t play as loudly through it as through the Stax amp, and the Stax amp has slightly better bass. So, what I’m saying is that really one has to view any ES phone set-up as a system. You have to get both parts right for best performance. When Stax re-introduces the SRS-252S to the US market later this year, they are going to send me one, and I will revisit the amp/phone interface at that time. So, Stay tuned.

I like the fact that the SRM-252 energizer is 12Vdc/4W, means one can power it with a JS-2.


Regards,

Dave

 

Audio system

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, davide256 said:

mm

I like the fact that the SRM-252 energizer is 12Vdc/4W, means one can power it with a JS-2.

That’s a legitimate reason to be interested in that solution, I suspect. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a pair of Stax Lamda Signatures and an "original" energiser, srm-xr from the 80's I imagine. The headset looks identical and the only change they made in later models is to use a thinner membrane for more efficiency and extended "delicate" hf.

 

Always been "state of art" as an electrostatic design enjoying all the performance expected of a single full range planar virtually massless diaphragm.

 

One quibble is the cushions with an integral foam sheet over the diaphragm area ...the foam disintegrates over time, and the cushions are stuck on with double sided tape which can get sticky.

 

Another is the extreme hf is a little hot on my ancient pair, and this may have been dealt with in later versions or by more advanced energisers.

 

But otherwise the very best open back design ever, regardless of silly priced "high end" alternatives.

 

Driven from the right source they can go loud enough to give you permanent hearing loss. They also don't "sound" like closed back phones and therefore not the first choice of recording engineers in the same way they will mix on monopole monitors, but may have dipoles in the chill room for an expansive musical experience..

 

Why re-invent the wheel,  Stax phones have remained virtually unchanged for 50 years because a full range electrostatic is exactly that with one caveat...their transparency to the source.

 

Give them a quality source and they will produce for you a musical experience unmatched by virtually any other design.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, davide256 said:

mm

I like the fact that the SRM-252 energizer is 12Vdc/4W, means one can power it with a JS-2.

I'd not be looking at it that way even though I am sure it would help. Their products tier appropriately from what I have seen. You'd be better off buying one of their better ones. My SRM-1 mk II isn't still their best one, but it is reasonable, built really well and can power just about any ES hp out there. There are many used ones on the market, that is one of the nice things about Stax. I am quite curious as to how the iFi would stack up against it though.


Forrest:

Win10 i9 9900KS/GTX1060 HQPlayer4>Win10 NAA

DSD>Pavel's DSC2.6>Bent Audio TAP>

Parasound JC1>"Naked" Quad ESL63/Tannoy PS350B subs<100Hz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, Mercman said:

Thanks for an enjoyable review of the SR-L300. I have always found that Stax headphones provide a special musical experience.

 

18 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

As have I.

 

I consider Stax the Leica of audio. Special and magical in every way.

Now I can picture that.  Leica that is!

 

While I have been concentrating on my speaker system I have a fascination for headphones.  This looks like a neat way to get an intro into these.  All the same front end principals apply.  Sill picking the right amplifier here seems like that is a larger variable.    I could see using my USBridge and Hugo 2 then line out into the amp....

 

hmmm.........

 

Thank you all very much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, ednaz said:

Design.

You mean the shape? Well, both the older Sigma series Stax phones (with the angled ES elements) and the Lambda series (like the SR-L300) use the rectangular ear cups. While I agree that they might look clumsy, they are functional and quite comfortable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In addition to the companies you mentioned, Mjolnir Audio in Iceland is a highly dedicated one-man band called Spritzer ( on the forums ) who works with Kevin Gilmore to produce a range of tube and solid state amps for electrostatics at various price points. Also a great source for pre-owned amps, headphones and accessories, as well as a great read


Roon NUC I3 w 2500 albums, microRendu to Liberty DAC, Pass DIY Amp class amp, Klipsch RP600 or to Schiit Freya + Gumby MB, Sanders ESL amps and speakers, Mjolnir KGST and Stax L700

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×
×
  • Create New...