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Thread Starter 
Note that this thread is a split off from the following thread:

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=127189 which discusses the warm up time for the HE90's.

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kartik - I'd really like to read an unbiased comparison between your ESP 950 and Guss2's HE90, when powered by several different amps. Since the ESP 950 is available for about $500, while the HE90 costs 10X as much, it would be interesting to know to what degree (if any) their performance differs.

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Originally Posted by kartik
NOOOOO!!
SHUT UP! PLEASE!!!!
I can't take this. Only someone evil would inflict their owning an HE-90 on the world. If you own it keep quiet before I conflagrate! Forget burning in you cans, I'm burning up with jealousy!

Congrats on your purchase. I don't know if you've electrostats before. In my humble cheapo stats, not only do they require a LOOONG burn in, they need to be left on... ...constantly. Loss of charge is death to the sound.
post #2 of 73
LINK : Koss ESP-950


Koss ESP 950. They look interesting. Kartik - have you posted pics or a review or something? How do they sound? Ever compared with SR-404 + amp ??

I am interested...
post #3 of 73
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Originally Posted by mikeg
kartik - I'd really like to read an unbiased comparison between your ESP 950 and Guss2's HE90, when powered by several different amps. Since the ESP 950 is available for about $500, while the HE90 costs 10X as much, it would be interesting to know to what degree (if any) their performance differs.
It'd be pretty funny if the ESP 950's won, well unless you owned the HE-90s!
post #4 of 73
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Originally Posted by mikeg
Since the ESP 950 is available for about $500...
The link that Guru posted to the Koss website shows $999.99. Who 'dat be the selling 'dem for $500? Spill your guts, man!
post #5 of 73
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Originally Posted by gpalmer
It'd be pretty funny if the ESP 950's won, well unless you owned the HE-90s!
How do mean funny here?

Funny, ha ha?

Funny, ain't that strange?

Funny, gender confused?

Just what are you getting at, gpalmer! You trying to get all of these new HE90 owners to second guess themselves?!?!
post #6 of 73
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
How do mean funny here?

Funny, ha ha?

Funny, ain't that strange?

Funny, gender confused?

Just what are you getting at, gpalmer! You trying to get all of these new HE90 owners to second guess themselves?!?!
LOL, OK there Joe Peschi! Yes, I was looking to get at least one set of backups out of the deal and GoRedwings promised me half of whatever I could save him on a set of the new ones..
post #7 of 73
Thread Starter 
Available at the following site (Amazon) for $570, and I've seen them elsewhere for <$550:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...258807-7150261

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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
The link that Guru posted to the Koss website shows $999.99. Who 'dat be the selling 'dem for $500? Spill your guts, man!
post #8 of 73
I think it would be prudent to move this to another thread...If I were Guss I would be rather testy by now Sorry Guss...Wayne - can you help move these ESP-950 discussions to another thread? Thanks!

Found on amazon for the lowest price so far. Another place has a refurbished one but im not taking chances with that. This looks interesting. Apparently it comes in a nice case etc. etc. but I havent been able to find too many pictures to satisfy my curiosity.

Kartik?


here is the amazon.com link : Koss ESP-950

post #9 of 73
Thread Starter 
I wonder how the ESP-950 would sound if powered by a McAlister Audio EA-1 all tube electrostatic amp., which costs $699. Can the Koss be connected directly to the EA-1, or would an adapter be needed? Since the total cost of this combo would be approx. $1,260, I wonder how its performance would compare to that of a >$10K HE90 rig (i.e., HE90 plus amp.).
post #10 of 73
I found this thread: http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...2&page=1&pp=20

very informative...and answers most of my Q's.

Now if someone is willing to send me the ESP-950 to try out alongside the SR-404

gs
post #11 of 73
Thread Starter 
Just curious, how did these postings, which were originally posted on another thread, suddenly appear as this new thread? Why wasn't a notification regarding this change posted on the original thread?
post #12 of 73
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Originally Posted by mikeg
Just curious, how did these postings, which were originally posted on another thread, suddenly appear as this new thread? Why wasn't a notification regarding this change posted on the original thread?

I requested Wayne to move it because the thread was going off-topic. I am sure Guss is happier now that his discussion can get back on trrack - and I feel less guilty posting here

gs
post #13 of 73
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
The link that Guru posted to the Koss website shows $999.99. Who 'dat be the selling 'dem for $500? Spill your guts, man!

Are you getting a pair just for kicks? If you are - lemme have a listen with them I want a pair...for beater electrostats but I want to have a listen first.

and after hearing them - if you want to sell your HE90 you know who to call

LOL
post #14 of 73
Thread Starter 
This headphone may sound at its best out of a good electrostatic amp., and the McAlister EA-1 may be such an amp.

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Originally Posted by gsferrari
I found this thread: http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...2&page=1&pp=20

very informative...and answers most of my Q's.

Now if someone is willing to send me the ESP-950 to try out alongside the SR-404

gs
post #15 of 73
I think I'm all set now guys.Appreciate the input.Gary.
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