Used and special one-off amplifiers

Time to split up the special’s page into two so one for headphones and another one for electronics.  Here I’ll list what my more unusual amplifier projects, used amplifiers that I’ve refurbished/rebuilt plus any other piece I’m selling.  Feel free to contact me at spritzer@mjolnir-audio.com if you are interested in any item here.  I will reply to every mail so if you haven’t received a reply within 24 hours then feel free to send me another email.  Email gets lost all the time or is flagged as spam.  All prices in US dollars (USD).

Here is something special, the one off amp I made for Tyll Hertsens when he started Innerfidelty so he could test any electrostatic headphones that he came across.  There was a bit of discussion about how under served electrostatics would so after a brief “mafia” meeting it was decided to build Tyll something and naturally… it fell to me to do so.  Now we had some basic design ideas, we wanted it to be a solid baseline for measurements but also not a fire breathing monster out of reach of anybody.  At that time, the Headamp KGSS was the most common “non-Stax” amp out there so it made sense to base the amp on that… with some twists naturally.  At its core is the Headamp KGSS pcb but with upgraded parts, larger heatsinks and some part substitutions so it could push out more power.  It runs on +/-400V rails, fed from a custom version of the KGSSHV power supply designed to fit into this case.  It also has one other PSU that I’ll get to later. 

Now the 4 output sockets were setup to make sure Tyll to could test pretty much anything out there.  From the right there is a regular Pro bias socket, a normal bias socket (230V bias), a Sennheiser HE90 socket (500V bias and the correct ballast resistor) and finally, an extra 5 pin socket.  This has a special PSU on the side of the amp which feeds a 0-1000V DC/DC converter.  Simply plug probes into those sockets on the side and adjust the trim resistor above to set the bias.  This means the amp can run Jecklin Floats and other oddball designs plus there was talk of higher bias voltages back then so it was a way to future proof the amp. 

Now when Tyll retired the amp was sent to Kevin Gilmore where it sat for years.  On my latest trip to visit him I decided to thin out my hoard of amps so this one came back home with me.  I then went through it completely, replaced the volume control, new feet fitted and put in a new custom made transformer (as it had three originally).  It can be set to either 115V or 230V via the external voltage selector on the back panel which also houses the power switch.  To not make the front panel silly, there was not powerswitch or LED fitted to the front so instead the switch is on the back and the LED are on the bottom of the amp, firing down. 

Price:  3800$ plus shipping

This is a very nice SRM-007tA amplifier that I’ve performed my full suite of mods on, added a CCS to it and changed the tubes to 6S4A’s.  This totally transforms the amp and makes it into a mini KGST with performance far outstripping the stock units. 

This amp is nice condition and can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 2400$ plus shipping

Here is a Stax SRM-727 that I’ve fully modified and updated.  The initial mod I designed for these, “the Spritzer feedback mod”, was a good first step but this one goes much further and turns it into a mini KGSSHV.  More power, much more stable output stage and a far cleaner sound signature.  This makes the amp ideal for use with SR-007, 009 or X9000 on a budget. 

This unit is in overall good condition but there are some marks on the back panel and a faint scratch on top of the front panel.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  2200$ plus shipping

Here we have a close to brand new Stax SRM-400S.  I wanted to get one of these to take apart and tinker with and now I’m done with it.  I do prefer the older solid state Stax amps to this one but this is a very nice example and it comes with the original box.  Stax may have changed to yet another voltage selection standard but that won’t stop me, this unit can be configured to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  975$ plus shipping

Stax SRD-7 Mk2 in very nice condition.  This unit had been modified quite badly with new input wiring at some point so I simply stripped it all out and connected the inputs directly to the back terminals, bypassing the switch while I’m at it for a cleaner signal path.  These units can work on any voltage but come with a US/Japanese power plug though they work nicely with adapters. 

Price:  550$ plus shipping

Here is a Stax SRM-007tA which has received my full mods, CCS fitted and the tubes changed to 6S4A’s, turning it into a mini KGST.  It works perfectly but is rather cosmetically challenged as some of the paint has rubbed off the back of unit.  Finding the correct 007tA’s to do these mods on is getting tricky so I have to snap up what I can find and this one is little cheaper because of the missing paint.  The amp can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price 2050$ plus shipping

Here is one of the last Stax SRA-14S integrated amps ever made, and a matching set at that.  I was once told that only 250 of these were ever made and here we have nr. 249.  This is a combo unit, a preamp and a Stax amplifier in one unit with an external power supply.  This was the most expensive Stax amplifier until the SRM-T2 was released and features a much more advanced version of the SRM-1 Mk2 circuit, plus a preamp and a fully regulated power supply.  This unit also has both of the option bays filled, one with the extra RCA input “jumper board” and the second is the MM-1, moving magnet phono stage. 

These are a royal pain to work on, due to all of those front switches which then extend to the back of the unit.  I’ve fully taken it apart though and replaced every electrolytic capacitor in the both the power supply and the amp unit.  All the switches were also cleaned and lubricated for the next 40 years of service. 

Over all condition is very nice, some scuffs here and there but close to mint for a 40 year old device.  I also included a picture of the unit powered up as not many have seen the light show these have… so 80’s.  This unit can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 2100$ plus shipping

Stax SRM-313 with the desirable external voltage selector.  This makes it one of the earlier units and its been fully refurbished by me with new electrolytic capacitors and I’ve cleaned and lubricated the volume control as well.  It is a great starter amplifier and can even drive some of the more demanding headphones in a pinch.  This one is in fairly good condition, no major blemishes, just small marks here and there.  Due to the external voltage selector, it is easy to set the voltage for any region and I’ll do so before shipping the unit out. 

Price:  500$ plus shipping

Stax SRM-323S amplifier, the best of the recent “cheap” solid state Stax amps before it all went off a cliff with the 353X.  This makes for an excellent starter amp for any electrostatic system.  This unit is in very nice condition, hardly a mark on it and it can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  600$ plus shipping

This is a stock Stax SRD-7Mk2 with the original box.  This is the last, upgraded,version of the SRD boxes and suitable for both Pro and Normal bias headphones.  This is a good way to drive electrostatic headphones off speaker amps as these units provide the bias supply and use transformers to step up the audio signal to the right level.  It comes with a US/Japan power plug but is universal voltage so it can be used anywhere in the world. 

Price:  575$ plus shipping

Here is a second, very early SRM-313 amp, but in much nicer condition.  Same external voltage selector and this unit has been fully refurbished as well with new electrolytic caps.  Some light marks on the back of the mousing but this is close to mint condition. 

Price:  560$ plus shipping

A Stax SRM-1 Mk2, the ultimate starter amp for any electrostatic setup.  This unit has had all of the electrolytic capacitors changed. the volume control was also cleaned and lubricated plus the bias supplies updated to the modern standard.  The amp can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  440$ plus shipping

The rather rare SRM-T1W and a very nice example at that.  I’m not sure if this amp had ever been used before I got it, there was no dust on anything and it just looked unused.  Now given its age I refurbished it anyway, replaced all of the capacitors, then I applied my usual T1/T1S mods and fitted a CCS to the output stage.  This greatly increases its performance over a stock unit and means it can drive the 007, 009 and X9000’s easily. 

This unit has the voltage selector on the back so it is easy to set to any voltage. 

Price:  1600$ plus shipping

The SRM-323S or the last good amp Stax ever made.  It’s built on the solid foundation of the SRM-3 and 313 but updates the design even more.  The 353X, 400 and D50 were all pretty terrible so yeah, the last good amp Stax ever made.  This one is in very nice condition and I can set it to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  650$ plus shipping

The SRM-3 was the follow up from the SRM-1 Mk2 and a far more modern design.  This is a great starter amp and puts some more expensive amps to shame.  This unit has been refurbished with new capacitors, the volume control cleaned and lubricated plus I updated the bias supply to the modern standard.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  475$ plus shipping

Here is a nice Stax SRM-1 Mk2 amp, fully recapped and cleaned so that it will work perfectly for years to come.  These are a great beginner amp and pair well with either the vintage Stax sets or the newer L series.  There are some scuffs on the back covers but over all in very nice condition.  As with all of these, it can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 450$ plus shipping

Here is a near mint SRM-1 Mk2 P.P. which was a special edition with improved internal wiring and resistors.  These all have dual pro bias outputs with no normal bias.  It is a great starter amp and drives any of the Lambda, L series or Koss ESP950 with ease.  This unit was fully refurbished with new electrolytic caps, volume control cleaned and lubricated plus the bias supplies brought up to the newest standard.  There are a couple of marks on the chassis (as pictured) but over all condition is very good.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  500$ plus shipping

Now here is something fun, I’ve had a few of these original SRM-1 amps collect here over the years but nothing much I could do with them.  The transformers were all 100V only, the amplifier circuit was not that great and it was filled with obsolete parts which have no substitutes.  I’ve been working on the next batch of the Octave so why not marry the two, use the SRM-1 chassis but replace all of the internals.  So this is the new Octave V4 but it uses the SRM-1 chassis, the original Stax sockets and the power switch, everything else is new.  The Octave has always been my answer to the Stax SRM-353X and the new 400S, similar power envelope but more neutral sounding and has more power to the headphones.  Same R-core transformer as the Octave V2/V3 but the circuit has numerous changes. 

The amp has an internal voltage selector switch so it can be set to either 115V or 230V.  I have a few of these and normally they are setup with two Pro bias outputs but I could change one of those to normal bias. 

Price:  930$ plus shipping

Now here is a rare one, the Sound Tech MC7 Pro bias amplifier.  I got this one with the headphones (which is what I wanted) but these sold almost exclusively in China a few years back.  The circuit is a variation of am old Stax design but updated so this makes for a good, budget tube amp.  RCA and XLR inputs (with a proper input selector switch) and the classic ECC83/6SN7 tube layout.  This is no monster in terms of power output but it works well with all of the Stax L series, Lambdas, SR-009 and X9000. 

This one comes with all of the original tubes, the original bamboo box and it is sadly 220-240V only.  There is no way to change the voltage internally. 

Price:  1000$ plus shipping

Here is a very nice Stax SRM-323S which I’ve gone through fully.  These are the last of the good, small Stax amps as the 353X, D50 and 400S depart heavily from this lineage and not in a good way.  This is a powerful little amp and it is ideal for a starter setup or to upgrade from a 252S, EHA-5 or something like that.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  600$ plus shipping

Here is a very early SRM-1 Mk2 which I got at a very nice price and have completely refurbished.  All caps and diodes were replaced, volume control cleaned and lubricated plus I tweaked some of the internal wiring.  In terms of sound this is pretty much the same as the older SRM-1 Mk2 units.  This one was normal bias only so I fitted my own Pro bias supply to it and converted one socket to 5 pin with a plug.  These early units all had a small amount of mains hum and this one is no exception.  Once the music starts playing it is drowned out so not a problem and it is such a cheap unit.  It has the external voltage selector so it it easy to change it to any voltage. 

Price:  260$ plus shipping

Here is a very late production SRM-313.  I completely refurbished it with new caps and cleaned/lubricated the volume control.  The SRM-313 was my first ever Stax amp back in the day so these are near and dear to me.  Cracking little amp which can hold its own with headphones much more expensive.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  475$ plus shipping

This SRM-1 Mk2 started out life as the normal bias only version but since they use the same PCB as the Pro bias units, I just populated all the missing parts on the PCB so this one now has one of the outputs converted to Pro bias.  The amp has been fully refurbished with new capacitors, updated the bias supplies and cleaned the volume control so it works perfectly. 

This unit has the voltage selection hard wired so I can set it to any voltage before shipping it out.  The amp is in over all nice condition, some marks on the painted back panels but they all suffer from that.  Over all though, it is a nice little amp which will drive most electrostatics perfectly well. 

Price:  400$ plus shipping

Here is a small amp project which dates back to 2019 but never really went anywhere.  The plan was to look into cheap (sub 1k$) amps and a simple way of making them quickly.  I had known about the Little Dot units for years so I bought a couple of them, stripped them down and replaced pretty much everything to turn them into an electrostatic amp.  The main chassis, transformer cover and the back panel are all Little Dot Mk2 but the holes for the tubes were enlarged, a new transformer fitted inside the cover and a new PCB designed for the chassis. 

The circuit is something I’ve played with before, ECC83’s feeding 6CG7’s but in a very compact build.  The power supply is quite simple but the bias is fully regulated just make something new.  The plan was to make an aluminum face plates but it never went past the matte black PCB’s fitted to the units.  It terms of sound the circuit has just one cap in the signal path so while being extremely simple, it sounds really good if you aren’t trying to drive SR-007’s with it.  Throw a SR-407 or L700 on there and it sounds really good for such a small unit. 

Now what happened with this project… well it just kinda died when Covid hit.  The two amps were finished and going through trouble shooting and tinkering but yeah… other projects took over so these have sat for 3 years gathering dust.  One of the issues I never fully fixed was a bit of background hum due to the proximity to the transformer right behind the output tubes.  It is drowned out as soon as the music plays but still, it bothered me.  🙂  I will likely never attempt an amp in this price range again so now that the new Octave V4 is getting close to being ready, the number of prototypes is growing and time to move these on. 

The units can be wired for either 115V or 230V, I have one unit here in Iceland while the other is with Kevin Gilmore so it would ship from there. 

Price: 700$ plus shipping

Here is a very early SRM-717 amplifier (nr. 43) with the rare external voltage selector.  This was always the best amplifier Stax ever made but I’ve made it better with my extensive mods which gives about 20% more power over the stock unit.  The unit has also been fully refurbished with new capacitors and fully adjusted as well. 

It’s in very nice condition, with only small marks on the back panel.  It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out via the selector on the back panel. 

Price:  2300$ plus shipping

Here is something very rare, a Stax SRA-14S.  This was the successor to the SRA-10/12S from the 70’s and is a large upgrade in every way.  The preamp is pretty great and the earphone section is an upgraded version of the SRM-1 Mk2. 

This unit I found in Japan without the external power supply and I just had to have it.  This may be the most difficult product Stax have ever made in terms of servicing but I just like it so much.  Now the external power supply isn’t one really, it’s just a transformer and some rather crude standby circuit as all the actual power supplies are inside the main chassis.  So I did the most logical thing, I sacrificed the add in bay on the back and put a nice custom made R-core transformer there.  The umbilical spot was fitted with an IEC socket and it even has a built in voltage selector now. 

All of the wear items have been swapped out and all moving contacts (of which are many) have been treated with Deoxit. It’s condition is fair, the front panel looks nice but there are some marks on the back cover.  The replacement transformer can be switched to either 115V or 230V using the internal voltage selector. 

In terms of sound, this was the best amp Stax had at the time and it holds up well today.  They are very rare as I believe only about 300-400 were ever made as it was very expensive, around 200000Yen back in the 80s’. 

Price: 1450$ plus shipping

Here is a Chinese Stax amp which is for instance sold on Aliexpress and on the local Chinese market.  I’ve already taken apart some previous amps by this builder (botched KGSS and KGSSHV amps)  so when one of these was offered to me, I had to check it out.  Now it didn’t disappoint as I had to do extensive mods to it before I could even turn it on.  This is essentially a Stax SRM-T1/006t/500t/700t amp (it uses the same circuit) with a cut down CCS on the output.  The CCS transistors were stuck to the side of the chassis with double sided tape… and only one was actually stuck down when I got the unit.  I came up with a quick fix to that so now they are secure and actually conduct heat into the chassis. 

In terms of sound, it is what I’d expect from the Stax amp it is based on but a small upgrade from that.  It’s not as large an upgrade from stock design as with my CCS and mods but not bad at all.  The only quirk with this are the dual volume controls and they they operate backwards.  This builder has form with having no idea how to wire up volume controls so yeah… was expecting that.  Other then them being backwards and split up, they do work just fine. 

This unit is 230V only and can’t be changed to 117V.  It is in pretty good condition bar the scratches on top of the front panel. 

Price: 450$ plus shipping

This is an early production Stax SRM-Xh that I’ve completely refurbished with new capacitors.  This the very early mosfet version which is same as the SRM-X, same PCB even.  It will come with my aftermarket PSU with either a US or Schuko plug. 

Price:  200$ plus shipping

This is a SRM-212 which makes for an excellent starter amp.  Similar in many ways to the SRM-252A and 252S circuit and an great match for the SR-L300 or something like the Nectar Hive or Koss ESP950. This unit will come with my aftermarket PSU with either a US or Schuko plug. 

Price:  230$ plus shipping

 

This is a late production Stax SRM-Xh that I’ve completely refurbished with new capacitors.  This the later bipolar version which is very similar to the later SRM-212 and 252.  It will come with my aftermarket PSU with either a US or Schuko plug. 

Price:  230$ plus shipping

A Stax SRM-252S which is pretty rough shape cosmetically.  Small marks all over, as can be seen on the pics, but it works perfectly.  These are still the best way to get good sound on a budget and it walks all over the Topping EHA-5 in terms of performance.  Like all of the small 12VDC Stax amps, this one will come with one of my custom power supplies with either a US or Euro plug on it. 

Price:  280$ plus shipping

A Stax SRM-212 amplifier in pretty good condition.  There are some marks on the top cover but nothing major and these are excellent desktop amps.  The 212 was the upgraded version of the SRM-Xh, latter version, and a precursor to the 252A.  Lovely little amp which drives something like the Stax Lambda and L series well plus the Koss ESP-95X and the Nectar Hive.  As is usual with these small Stax amps, they will come with my own upgraded power supply with either a US or European plug. 

Price:  260$ plus shipping

Here is one of the newest Stax compatible amps to come out of China, the Holo Acoustics EHA-1.  This was just released in China at the end of the last year and it manages to cram a version of the Stax SRM-001 amp design with a transformer into a tiny desktop amp.  There is also a DAC in there but I’ve never tried it, I always prefer to use my own.

This is a small amp, not all that powerful, but will drive the Stax L series, Lambda and Koss ESP95X etc. perfectly well. 

The amp is 230V only as there is no way to reconfigure the internal transformer.  It uses the C13 plug which is a bit of a pain but easily found on most laptop power supplies. 

Price 255$ plus shipping

Ahh the SRM-300, the weirdest Stax amp ever made.  This one was in a sorry state when it arrived, most the paint had flaked off the cover and it was bent out of shape due to shipping damage.  The amp it self was just fine, measured great so I adjusted it and bent the covers back into shape and painted them.  I had to sand them completely down so I tried a new way to a textured paint finish (as it was stock), it is a coarser than it should be but I think it looks nice. 

I can set the amp to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  350$ plus shipping

Here is a second SRM-Xh, this is a very early serial number but the last version of the internal PCB.  Usual Stax and serial numbers BS.  🙂  This makes it very similar to the SRM-212 and 252.  I’ve replaced all the electrolytic capacitors and cleaned the volume control with Deoxit so it is as good as new. 

The amp has some marks on the back panel and will come with my own PSU, either with US or EU plugs. 

Price: 240$ plus shipping

Here is something simple, a Koss E/90 amp which I’ve modified the bias supply to Stax pro bias and fitted a Stax socket.  It is a 6 pin one but I’ll plug the center pin so only Pro bias sets can be plugged into it.  This makes for a nice starter amp for anybody thinking of trying Stax. 

The included PSU is US only voltage.  It could be substituted with a linear 9VDC/1000mA power brick for other voltages but one of those is not included. 

Price: 140$ plus shipping

Stax SRM-X Pro which is one of those oddities Stax made back in the day.  It is essentially a SRD-5 with a built in amp to drive it, all powered off either batteries or a 12VDC power supply.  This is the later Pro bias version so not quite as weird as the earlier normal bias only version but still, it is neat.  Now these are a pain to work on so it is fully stock but it fully works.  The condition is is not great, the rubberized coating it coming off in spots and the battery door is missing.  It comes with a 12V power supply with either EU or US power connectors.  Neat little starter amp which can even drive some of the more difficult headphones. 

Price:  175$ plus shipping

The following amps are all used Stax units which are based on the same circuit and have received similar modifications.  The main essence is how the tubes are being driven, the stock Stax amps use (to this day) resistors to drive the output tubes but what I do is remove those and fit a solid state constant current source (CCS).  What this does is almost eliminate the loss you get with the resistors so more power and more voltage swing which completely changes the amps performance.  Once modified these are the best bang-per-buck to be had as they can drive even the SR-007’s or SR-009’s. 

Please note, due to so many requests, that I do not offer these modifications and refurbishments as a service. I only sell refurbished and modified amps from my own stock. 

Here is a SRM-006tS that has received my full mods and a CCS.  This unit was fitted with a 100V only transformer when I got it so I replaced it with an upgraded unit that can be configured for either 117V or 230V.  The 006tS was the last of the 006t units until Stax released the 500t, which is the same exact unit.  It’s in very good condition except for the pictured scratches on the side of the chassis. 

 Price:  1300$ plus shipping

This is a rather unique T1 as it is one of the very first, dual transformer units.  Not only is it lacking the automatic preheat function but the circuit is also different to all of the later T1 and 006t units.  This more like a SRA-14S with a tube output and it does sound rather lovely.   I’ve fully refurbished it new capacitors and I’ve fitted a CCS to the tube output.  It is in very good condition as well and can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 900$ plus shipping

This one is the same as above but a bit of a rarity, as it is the 006t but with three Pro bias outputs.  Stax only made these for just over a year as they discontinued support for the Normal bias sets but the new 006tA wasn’t quite ready.  Their solution, just add the third Pro bias socket and the amp is now a bit odd.  🙂  Same performance and with the CCS mod, this amp can actually drive three sets at the same time.

Price: 1000$ plus shipping

Stax SRM-006tA, fitted with the CCS and my other mods.  Small scratch on the side of the back panel but otherwise in very good condition. 

Price:  1000$ plus shipping

Here is a Stax SRM-006tA that has received my full suite of mods and been fitted with a CCS.  I’ve also cleaned and lubricated the volume control.  The unit is ok physical shape, the familiar marks over the back cover as Stax never put any primer or there, so the paint just falls off.

It can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 1000$ plus shipping

This is a really nice “gold” SRM-T1S.  I’ve gone through it and replaced all the capacitors, done all of the mods and fitted with CCS.  It has an internal voltage selector so it can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price: 1050$ plus shipping

This SRM-T1 has been shitting on a shelf for years here as it arrived with a missing volume knob and the volume control was broken.  I was always on the lookout for replacements but nothing has shown up so I just did it my way.  The amp was fitted with a new Alps RK27 volume pot and then I found pretty much the only available volume knob which fit in that cutout.  Due to the length of the volume control shaft and the height of the knob, the control is not as pronounced on the front panel as it was with the Stax units but it works perfectly. 

The amp was then treated to my usual mods, the output protection added for the amp channels, bias supplies updated to the latest spec, all electrolytic capacitors were replaced and the amp fitted with a CCS for the output tubes. Cosmetically the amp is pretty good condition for a 35 year old unit, with not too many marks on the front panel or the back cover.  This one can be set to any voltage before shipping it out. 

Price:  840$ plus shipping

Here is a classic, a Beyer Dynamic N1000 energizer for the ET1000 system.  The set I received had some serious issues with the headphones so I replaced the cable with a Stax normal bias unit so this energizer is surplus to requirements.  It will with two adapters as well, one which allows Stax normal bias headphones to be used with it and adapters from the DIN inputs to banana sockets. 

Price:  160$ plus shipping

Burson Conductor V2 which I was using as a preamp.  Very nice unit, sounds great and is a far better unit than the new Conductor amps.  This one doesn’t have the dac module so it is just a headphone/preamp. Can be set to either 115V or 230V.

Price:  400$ plus shipping

A completely original Stax SRA-8S preamp/amplifier from 1967.  This one is completely untouched and while it came from Japan the transformer does have a provision to run on 117V as well.  Simply move one wire and you are set.  Now this amp needs to be refurbished but I have so many that I just want to sell it.  These are super rare and a great match for anybody with a SR-1 set or even the super rare SR-2.

Price: 700$ plus shipping 

Ahh the Topping EHA-5, people had so much hope for this but it is not a good little amp.  It doesn’t measure or sound well but I’m done with this unit so I might as well list it for sale. 

I bought this when they were first released and it only arrived with the Euro plug on the PSU, even though they can be easily swapped out.  I stripped it down, ran tests on it and then designed a new PCB which adds protection to the output as the stock unit has none.  This amp has been fitted with that fix that did require me slightly moving on of the transformers and drilling an extra hole.  Other than that, the unit is fully stock and even has the plastic cover still on the front panel.  It comes with the original box and manual. 

Price: 330$ plus shipping

I’m cleaning up my stock of random Stax stuff and I found this solo SRM-001 amplifier for the 001 and 002 headphones.  Works perfectly but is a bit cosmetically challenged as the paint has rubbed off. 

Price: 75$ plus shipping

I can’t remember which Audio-GD dac this is but I’ve had it for years.  It uses four PCM1704 chips so fully R2R and sounds just great.  I updated the firmware in the USB module at some point to make drivers far less of an issue (as Audio-GD are infamous for that) so now it works flawlessly.  When the unit arrived it was set to 120V but I converted it to 230V for use here but I can easily change it back. 

Price:  450$ plus shipping

The Massdrop Airist R2R dac which caused quite a stir back in the day.  It’s a nice little dac, not up to the level of the Denafrips stuff but beats the crap out of most budget Delta/Sigma units.  Comes with the PSU which is universal voltage so it can be used anywhere in the world. 

Price:  275$ plus shipping

Last updated 05.02.2024