Well even if europeans could get the top stax models at US prices its still a a huge price tag. By the way, like others already mentioned I know its not Stax that makes these headphones cheaper especially for US citizens. Its just the entire electronic market from TV's / Instruments and pretty much everything cost about 19/23% extra in Europe
But my questions was mostly meant in general, why do they have to be so expensive? If you look at the top models of Beyerdynamic/Sennheiser and pretty much all the popular brands you can get top of the line around 1000 USD/Euros. So what makes the top of line of stax worth 6 times more the price? I understand it would be a lifetime investment but i doubt they would last longer than those other top models of other brands. And by the time it might break down it might already be really hard to get it repaired (i've seen some posts in the stax thread about people looking for replacement parts that are really rare to find nowadays).
I guess hearing is believing, I read that even the basic stax model can compete with the top of the line beyer's and sennheiser's so the top of the line stax must be really something but still, that price is crazy lol
I need to read up on these models, I wonder if the surround feeling would be about the same on each stax model and where these huge price differences per stax model are based on
Edit - Copy pasting a pricelist i got from a stax dealer in my country and it looks like its mainly the amps that make these so expensive, in the lower levels the amps even cost more than the headphones :(
SR-307 - € 599,-
SR-407 - € 699,-
SR-507 - € 1.149,-
SR-007II - € 3.199,-
SR-009 - € 5.999,-
In combination with amp
SRS-2170 - SR-207 & SRM-252s € 1.099,-
SRS-3170 - SR-307 & SRM-323s € 1.799,-
SRS-4170 - SR-407 & SRM-006ts € 2.599,-
SRS-727II - SR-007II & SRM-727II € 5.799,-
SRS-007II - SR-007II & SRM-007tII € 5.999,-
Not sure if all these headphones need the amp i got from the pricelist but the 307 cost 599 and 407 cost 699 however in combination with the amps there's a 800 euro difference also note that for some reason there was no amp combo listed for the SR-009 but im guessing you could add another 2000/2500 on top of the SR-009 price. So to get a top of the line Stax system that would be about 10.640,30 converted to USD.
Originally Posted by hekeli
It's 5500€ in EU from quick googling.
Unless you want to pay for vacation in LA, couldn't you just order from pricejapan.com? The price ends up as 3500€ shipped (4200€ / 5250$ _after_ customs/vat, there's always a small chance that you evade it!). From LA, you are still subject to customs at home.
Where did you see that 5500 price? They might have the cheaper models at cheaper prices than I got my pricelist from. Those mid/high range stax models are really out of my budget lol. I would be very thankful if you can find me back that shop :)
Edited by Hoax - 6/9/12 at 3:47pm