I already have a pair of AD700s that I'm rather fond of...but I'm wonder just how much better it gets in the world of high-end headphones.
It seems that to get a reasonable upgrade in the qualities I'm looking for-directional imaging and clarity (mostly for gaming, with some music on the side)-I'll have to enter the exotic world of electrostatics.
Only problem is, I'm not too familar with the differences between different Stax earspeaker models besides the obvious physical ones (a select few have the speakers in front of the ear rather than beside it). There are different "driver" units, some being full-fledged amplifiers/energizers that take line-level input, others like the SRD-6/7 that need speaker-level input from a speaker amplifier (for which I can use one of two old receivers lying around here). The latter route should save significantly on cost, though it might impair sound quality.
Is there a reasonably affordable option when it comes to starting electrostatic equipment? Vintage Lambdas and their deriatives seem to be out of my reach, but the SR-X/Mark III paired with an SRD-6 or SRD-7 seems to be reasonably affordable enough. The question is whether the Lambda lineup is better enough to just save up for that instead, without even having an idea of what the electrostatic sound is like. (Supposedly more like having the sound just float into your ears instead of being pushed in. Less bass slam and whatnot that way, but I'm fine with that.)