I'm going to be trying my hand at creating electrostatic transducers very soon too, I'm not sure yet whether to create a loudspeaker or a pair of headphones yet though. But I have a few quick questions, I know pretty much exactly how to assemble the transducers but I'm pretty clueless on how to drive them properly.
I only have a highschool level knowledge of the electronic side of things*, although I could follow guides to assemble materials. I was wondering exactly how difficult it was to actually create the amplifiers, the step up transformers and any circuits I'll need. I had a look around I've found some schematics but I think they might be too complex to create in the time frame I have. And I thought if I'd find anyone could help me with this i'd find them here considering all the success you guys have had with your electrostatic transducers.
I thought I could work around this problem however by just using an ordinary solid state amp and using the RCA output to step up the voltages using a toroidal transformer, maybe one for each channel, to make it suitable for the electrostatic transducer's stators, and use another circuit to supply the bias to the diaphragm which shouldn't be too hard to do. I was wondering if this would sufficient to drive the small speakers/ headphones. Does anyone have anything to say on the easiest and most cost effective method to drive these transducers? I don't mind using mid-fi here and there too.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I can't wait to get started on these too.
* although I have access to one of my physics teachers who is an oxford graduate who could help me through some of the electronics, although he's very busy all the time so I don't have much time with him so I thought I'd find out as much as I could myself before consulting him.
Edited by Arfan - 9/21/12 at 3:02pm