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post #1021 of 1096
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Nice. Been trying to get one of these myself but eBay prices tend to go crazy. I'm perplexed as to how you got one so cheap.

I popped on the 2nd one that went up, after one with a $59 starting bid went up, that one was already modded and looked like most of the original parts were gone.  This one started at $19 and I threw a crazy back door number ($120) up just to ensure I would get it,  good thing eBay drops it back to just above the last competing bid or I would have paid a whole bunch more.

 

Of course the thing you can't know for sure is what they will really sound like.  These sound like they were moth balled from the 70's near perfect, like new.

post #1022 of 1096

:atsmile: Vivanco 8500 (stax sr-3)

 

Here it is drinking electricity directly out of a rather beefy harman/kardon PM640 Vxi speaker amp

 

 

I did a little research (OK - quite a bit of research) and this is a STAX SR-3 OEM. (according to what I've read) :atsmile:

Fortunately for me, Vivanco is a German electronics brand - which isn't exactly known for normally producing anything above the very minimum standard of consumer-grade 'disposables'. (another headfier owns EXACTLY this headphone, branded 'K-Mart' just to put 'vivanco' into perspective.) 

Therefore I was able to snatch this up for a very reasonable price. So far my ears are liking what they hear. Can't believe this came out in the late 60's/early 70s.

 

I've only had them plugged in for about 20 minutes 45 minutes 1 hour (sorry, I'm having trouble finishing this post because I keep getting distracted by interesting things I'm hearing), so they're probably not fully charged yet, and top photo with the speaker knobs shows you the fairly extreme channel imbalance (already after 15 minutes it's improved by about "2 hours"). 

But track after track my jaw is just dropped lower and lower. 

The speed, decay, instrument separation and timbre are just insane. Especially the speed. Good lordy. The HE-500 beats it in every way across the whole spectrum, but this headphone seems to beats it in treble dynamics. 

 

In terms of overall enjoyment and value for money it doesn't come that close to modern flagships really, but considering the age gap (and price) it's ridiculously good (way better than any vintage ortho I've tried so far).

 

This is actually my very first electrostatic... that I've ever heard, so I might come across as being a little more over-excited than usual.

post #1023 of 1096

Fantastic thanks for showing the Vivanco. Saw some up recently nice to see they are liked. Numark may also have had the same configuration also.

post #1024 of 1096

Those look perfect Greq  :beerchug:

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I need some help, purchased Marantz SE-3 a while back, initially they powered on but no sound.  Then charged for days (3) and they are 95% good in the left ear and 40% right ear. Charged for another three days and still the same.  The HP looks good on the surface but the EE has a small ding on top and the wood panel on the left is gone.  No other surface issues.

 

Any ideas?

post #1027 of 1096
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Originally Posted by RUMAY408 View Post
 

I need some help, purchased Marantz SE-3 a while back, initially they powered on but no sound.  Then charged for days (3) and they are 95% good in the left ear and 40% right ear. Charged for another three days and still the same.  The HP looks good on the surface but the EE has a small ding on top and the wood panel on the left is gone.  No other surface issues.

 

Any ideas?

Might be caused by a cable short, poor connector continuity, energizer problem, overvolted driver... there are limitless possibilities as to what could be wrong. 

 

I'd suggest using a balance control to compensate for the issue rather than trying to fix it unless you're confident in your abilities with electronics, because stats can be extremely dangerous to service. 

post #1028 of 1096

Heh. Guess what I just found...

 

post #1029 of 1096
Crylic writing whats the brand? Looks to be some Russian/Soviet ortho.

@Rumay: Your pretty much out of luck as those Marantz eventually fail with imbalance issues.
post #1030 of 1096
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Crylic writing whats the brand? Looks to be some Russian/Soviet ortho.

@Rumay: Your pretty much out of luck as those Marantz eventually fail with imbalance issues.

Ukranian brand "Echo", check http://www.head-fi.org/t/111193/orthodynamic-roundup/1455#post_3512369

post #1031 of 1096
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 
This is a pretty interesting story.
 
A while ago I picked up a pair of Audatron SH-608R headphones off of eBay. These things (I've posted them here before):

700

 

700

 
They were a really obscure set, so I looked into them. Apparently, the trademark for the name 'Audatron' was applied for in 1979 by Jango Industries. Jango Industries is the founder of Wal-Mart. Yep. I bought a vintage Wal-Mart headphone.
 
At the time, I assumed that like most of Wal-Mart's... 'merchandise', these were ripped off from a name-brand headphone. But then, something I never expected happened: I actually FOUND the headphone they ripped off. The Numark HV-215V:
 
700
 

700

 

Even back then Walmart was pretty damn good at cloning things. 
 

700

 

Obviously the real thing is much prettier, but still.
 
The resemblance stops there though. They sound NOTHING alike. The stock Audatrons are very Beats-esque, with a stupidly overwhelming midbass hump, no highs, and an absolutely piercing upper mids spike. The Numarks however, are still bassy but are far more balanced overall, and actually have detail and soundstage. The decay is pretty fast, too, whereas the Audatrons are a splashy mess. The Numarks are VERY comfortable, light, and have supple velour pads. The Audatrons are lighter, have thin vinyl pads and clamp like a bitch. 
 
I thought finding these was pretty neat. And come on, they're gorgeous:
 

700

 

Please excuse the poor image quality, it's late and the lighting sucks right now. I'll bring better pictures at a later time.

You're spot on when describing the sound of the audatrons. I recently picked up the WH-12 which I believe is the older version of what you have. I had to break the seal on one of my drivers and reposition it because it was not centered. Sounds slightly better but definitely sound vintage. 

post #1032 of 1096

Finally had these brought to me from England.

 

Bang & Olufsen U70

 

Realistic Pro 50 (AKG K250/Sextett variant)

post #1033 of 1096

^^ very cool

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Sony DR-Z7, absolutely mint, just received today. Bought from someone who stored them in a closet for 40 years at quite a large premium...

 

 

100% die-cast aluminum with a gorgeous silver finish, these photos don't do it justice. In person they almost appear to glow.

 

 

The incredibly beautiful dimpled-dome driver, huge (53mm) and coated in palladium. Non-resonant SBMC frame. Left is DR-Z6, right is DR-Z7.

 

Top-shelf sound, better than anything I've ever owned or heard. I regret nothing; these headphones will stay with me for my entire life.


Edited by takato14 - 1/29/14 at 9:41pm
post #1035 of 1096
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Sony DR-Z7, absolutely mint, just received today. Bought from someone who stored them in a closet for 40 years at quite a large premium...

 

 

 

100% die-cast aluminum with a gorgeous silver finish, these photos don't do it justice. In person they almost appear to glow.

 

 

 

The incredibly beautiful dimpled-dome driver, huge (53mm) and coated in palladium. Non-resonant SBMC frame. Left is DR-Z6, right is DR-Z7.

 

Top-shelf sound, better than anything I've ever owned or heard. I regret nothing; these headphones will stay with me for my entire life.

 

Do you like them more then Z6? 

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