Thanks for your thoughts on this. I’ll probably still go for the L700. From what I can tell, it has almost all of the modern tech from the near-flagship models. Your point about the midbass in the 007 is interesting. I will probably watch the next year or two to see what mods they may end up making.
I’m happy with the SR-5n, but it does not go quite as deep as one would wish. On the positive side it is incredibly light and comfortable. I have always gotten the same light and comfortable feeling from the traditional STAX I have tried. Sadly, I have not had the opportunity to listen to the 007 or the 009 or even a recent L-300, L-500, or L-700.
Living in Lancaster PA, we tend to have a far better selection of tin-can, button, and dental floss transducer tech. It’s a trip to Philly, Wilmington, or New York to even find a higher end audio store. Customer service in the local Best Buy has regressed to the point where someone over 40 can walk around in the store with hundred-dollar bills hanging out of their pockets and be completely ignored by staff, while 16 to 20 year olds are quickly and knowledgeably introduced to the latest Beats product.
The local audio stores are almost gone, or have become home-theater / car audio installers. I did go to Philly to pick up my VPI Prime Scout turntable, but the store I went to wasn’t very headphone-centric. My wife did fall in love with Wilson Audio speakers, however, so the trip was hardly a total loss. There may be a pair of those in the further future.