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STAX SR-007 (OMEGA II) … A REVIEW AFTER 4 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP

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STAX SR-007 (OMEGA II) … A REVIEW AFTER 4 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP
A madman is one who ‘hears voices in his head’.
Headphone-user: ‘you calling me a madman?
In September 1999 I posted a review of STAX SR-007 (Omega II) headphone at HeadWize.
I wrote as detailed and exhaustive a review as I could manage at the time, with the target
audience being obsessive headphone-users who had, like me, noticed the strange addictive
joy of being immersed in a small cranium-bound soundfield that oddly pulsates with life; a
soundfield that for all its smallness paradoxically triggers our imagination to ‘see’ large
acoustic spaces.
Four Christmases have passed since that 1999 review. Pleasant and unpleasant things have
happened in my personal life during these past years; the chief unpleasant thing being the
sheer fact that I have aged 4 years, and the chief pleasant thing (so I console myself) being
that I have grown four years wiser.
(Just in case you are wondering, I am 38 now.)
At the time of my 1999 review, I thought that the number of interested readers could be
counted with one hand - back then I just didn’t think that there were that many people
interested in high-end headphones who also frequented headphone forums. Today I am
gleeful to see how many fellow headphone enthusiasts there are out there, judging from the
activity here at Head-Fi. I am also quite amazed to observe how many owners of high-end
headphones and high-end amps there are who are presently “visible” in the forums,
compared to the scant few back in 1999.
I have disappeared for a long time from HeadWize / Head-Fi. I found that writing a post,
especially a full-length review, to be quite consuming, which was another reason why I
stopped posting for a long time. It’s simply far more relaxing to disappear from the forums
and enjoy my headphones. But lately I came back as a forum lurker, and have enjoyed
reading dozens and dozens of threads. There are many intelligent members here, and I was
entertained and educated by the experiments, insights and exchanges (some heated) posted
by headphone enthusiasts from all over the world. The folks who go back to HeadWize days
may remember me - I suspect most people here at Head-Fi either don’t know me or know me
only as a ghost from the past. I wish to say hi to everyone.
WHICH READER AM I ADDRESSING?
Because a headphone forum comprises of different people with all sorts of headphone
experience levels and all sorts of listening habits, I had to be clear in my mind for whom I
was targeting this write-up.
This essay is rather detailed, and unfortunately may be difficult to digest. I have tried my best