STAX SR-007A MK2 Review
If you are an audiophile, you are not a regular music listener; you are enthusiastic and passionate about music. You probably want to sit in a corner in a comfortable chair, relax, and listen to your favorite song. Don’t just want to listen, though and you want to feel every detail of what you are listening to as well. The fine line between regular headphones and audiophile headphones comes down to this exactly.
Regular headphones will just allow you to listen to a song. It might provide you with some extra bass that you might find interesting if you are a regular listener. But audiophile-grade headphones will allow you to feel what you are listening to; it will immerse you into the music, unlike most regular headphones. You need other high-quality equipment like DACs and amps for this as well.
There are many headphone brands in the market right now. Some brands have been developing audiophile-grade headphones for a very long time. And STAX is one of the oldest brands, founded in 1938. STAX is renowned for producing high-quality audio gears, including headphones. The STAX SR-007A MK2 is one of the best headphones in the world in terms of tonal balance. It is an upgraded version of its predecessor SR-007 OMEGA II that was regarded as a classic headphone in the audiophile community.
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Packaging and Unboxing
Considering the high price tag of these headphones, you would have to be expecting something worth your money in terms of the packaging and unboxing experience. And so, the packaging is one of the most interesting elements of this headphone; it will surpass your expectations.
It comes in a solid case that is built like a tank and excellent for traveling, as it is incredibly sturdy. The interior of this case is padded with thick foam, and it secures the headphone with maximum protection. You can literally throw the case around, and your headphone, along with the case, will be just fine. The case is so good that if you are too rich, you can throw away the headphone and use the case for your other headphone (Just joking!).
Design and Build Quality
The STAX SR-007A MK2 is designed in a minimalistic way. It is a big headphone with bulky earcups, as it needs to house gigantic heavy drivers with adequate spacing. The headphone features an all-metal build with a decent sleek black finish. The outer portion of the headphone features a metal mesh to cover the drivers, as it is an open-back headphone. Overall, these headphones are built very well, and you can make them last as long as you want them to.
The headband is made out of metal, and it is very flexible; it maintains a decent clamping force. There is a soft leather head suspension band under the headband, which provides comfortable support to your head. The ear cushions are made out of very soft and comfy materials covered with leather, which creates a decent seal around your ears.
The headband, earcups, and the clamping force works in harmony and provides you with outstanding comfort and fitting. You will feel this headphone disappear on your head after wearing it for a while. This is because they are entirely on the light side compared to its huge size, and you can use them for extended listening sessions. It gets even more comfortable with the 360-degree rotatable earcups that can lie flat on surfaces. So, these are overall one of the most comfortable headphones you can buy right now.
The STAX SR-007A MK2 is a push-pull-type open back style Electrostatic Headphone with a frequency response of 6 – 41,000 Hz, an impedance of 170 kΩ at 10 kHz, 94 pF capacitance including a cable and a sensitivity of 100dB SPL. This headphone features a robust metal housing, which enhances the vibration of the diaphragm that results in an overall better response. The headphone is very flexible with the fully independent adjustable earcups, so you can adjust them however you like to ensure full comfort.
The design of these headphones is also known as “Earspeakers,” which consists of an ultra-thin two “parallel-arranged fixed electrodes”. It features a push-pull driver system that is triggered when an uneven voltage is provided. The diaphragm is pulled and pushed to smoothen the irregular voltages. It comes in a luxurious carrying case, which is exceptionally sturdy and padded to ensure the maximum protection to the headphones and it comes with high-quality heavy-duty Pure Crystal Ohno Continuous Casting flat cables with six conductors that are 19mm in width. It has molded a 5-pin plug and gold pin connectors too.
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This is the most important part of a pair of audiophile-grade headphones. So, how do these headphones actually sound? Well, the sound signature is not quite flat, like most of the audiophile-grade headphones in the market. The sound is smooth, crisp, and clean with an extended staging. The bass is a bit raised, which is excellent; a lot of audiophiles prefer an extra punch of bass that gives life to a piece of music. The response is excellent, and you will be able to feel it if you put on a fast-paced track properly. The bass is detailed and maintains a perfect balance with the higher and lower bass frequencies.
The mids are very warm and textured; stringed instruments sound just amazing, and you will be amazed by the acoustics. Vocals are very accurate, and if you are into grunge rock, you will be able to feel the grunge. Kurt Kobain’s vocals will hit you differently! The high ends are pretty good with its crisp clean details too. However, You will be able to enjoy even the highest notes while absorbing each and every single detail of the song you are listening to. As it is an open-back headphone, the soundstage is also as good as you imagined it to be.
Overall, this is one of the most flawless headphones out there in terms of build, comfort, and design. And as a bonus, you get a tank-like carrying case. There are so many reasons for you to buy this headphone; the money you will be spending on it will definitely be worth it.