Originally Posted by krmathis
The Omega II and HE90 are mentioned when we talk about the "best" headphones. But there are very little general electrostatic discussion. Ex. How the older models stand up to the new ones, about the other Stax models (4070, 404, 303, etc.), and how they compare against dynamic headphones.
The problem with the "cheaper" stats is they still need a dedicated amp, which drives the price up. If the amp wasn't an issue, the 303 would be just about the best value for money someone could get in a headphone.
Unfortunately, most cheap (<$300) ESH amps could be better, so much so in fact, that I'm tempted to dust off the soldering iron and make my own ones. Alas, laziness is a killer.
As for the 4070, it's rare, has fit issues, got a lot of (predominantly undeserved) negitive press when it was released, and Stax isn't pushing them hard enough. Same story as with the SR-X series way back when, I guess. Still, I'm getting one, so I'll give you the goss about it soon (I hope).