Originally Posted by Nikita
Risk of electrocution (cos Stax are electrostatic earspeakers) with a 220 V to 110 V transformer ?
The voltage converter affect the SQ ? Have you any exemples of nice voltage converters ? Thanks.
I'm in Sydney. Plenty of electrostatic gear, some run off US power using a stepdown AC/AC adapter.
Basically it means you plug the adapter/converter into our standard 240Volts outlet and at the other end of the adapter/converter is a 120Volt outlet in the standard US Plug format. If you need a different plug format you can use an adapter, available at Woolworths, Dick Smith, etc.
All of this is just at the power end. Implemented correctly (as described) it means your equipment will be running just as if you had equipment already configured for our 240Volts. Any possible SQ differences would likely be extremely minimal, if at all.
In terms of 'nice' converters there are arguments that a true AC-2-AC converter is the better ways to go (I forget what the other type is but you could goggle it easy enough) and I just bought one of those. Yes, there are audiophile versions available supposedly but I find the standard ones you can get on EBay here to be quite fine. You just need to ensure you've got one that will handle the wattage required by all your US powered equipment (I run a DAC, an Amp and some small power chargers for portable amps with a 500 Watt converter with no worries).
So there is no difference at the electrostatic charge end of your headphone/earspeaker. And definitely no electrocution fears.