Originally Posted by scompton
The Stax electrets have been going for more that $100 lately on eBay.
Don't I know it. My point is that we should stop the madness. It's out of hand when a Stax electret sells for more than a full electrostat.
Originally Posted by wualta
The following are based on the Stax SR-3 (from 1968!) and often sell for non-outrageous prices:
Magnavox 1A9217 (model number of headset alone)
Can sell for any price, but can be found for around $65, and often less than that. A good cheap way to get back into 'stats.
The Sony ECR-500 is a strong candidate, as ericj says, but don't pay more than $50 including shipping for it.
Yes, these are the absolute cheapest true electrostats (except the Marantz, which sells for more just based on the brand name), and the real bargain-hunter's gem in all this. Note that although all but the sony are based on the SR-3, they don't all sound the same: the Magnavox and Superex, for example have quite different characters, the first maybe a little clearer, the latter more immediate and, may I say, rocking.
Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict
I have my SR-3 with SRD-5 transformer up for $150. In mint condition, in the FS forums.
Bump for that, and everyone should take close note on the key term here, "mint condition." These are old headphones, often in wretched shape, so a mint pair from a trustworthy seller is unquestionably worth a premium.