Hmm. I doubt the hiss is audible with the headphones you're using, save for the KSC35. The 5.8 works with PS3 chat too, with that cable.
Would you please tell me where I might be able to find a stax lambda with SRD-7/SB for $400? I tried google and the cheapest I found was one for nearly $1k on Amazon.
I'm sorry, but that is just too technical for me, lol. I didn't understand some of that. I'm new to it all, if you didn't notice. Take it easy, lol. I did somewhat understand it though. All right then, there we go. So is that just it for headphones then? It's Stax vs the competition? lol. What I'm asking is, what are all the types of headphones? I realize there are closed, open, IEM, but this is completely new territory. If I'm to make an informed decision, I need to know what I have to work with.
600v? I have no clue how much that is. I just don't wanna blow anything up, lol.
Yeah, I have no clue what some of that is, but my apologies. That's awesome :) I understand.
For electrostatic drivers, pretty much, unless you don't mind buying the other discontinued setups or the Koss ESP/950.
While this seems like rocket science, it's really not that different from choosing dynamic/moving-coil/cone or orthodynamic/planar-magnetic designs, just another driver technology to throw into the mix. (And I didn't even bring up Heil AMT, piezoelectric, or plasma drivers yet!)
The important thing that I have to drive home is that if you're going electrostatic, you have to get different amplification systems, and without the prerequisite amps, you won't be able to plug them into anything.
I don't know why but i just impulse purchased the last Koss- EP-950 from amazon maybe because when last i checked it was very close to a grand and now its at $645 for me minus $40 with amazon points so i jumped on it. If i like the electrostats i will keep them if not return em for a refund lol.. Wow so i wonder if i will cook my brain cells with 600 bias volts within an inch or so of my ears and side of head lol. So Nameless how is that Radiation dosage going at 200 volts lol..
Nice score. I'm still kicking myself for not buying that $350 ESP-950 I saw on eBay a year or two ago, even though I didn't have the money at the time. (On the flip side, I discovered the $250 SR-Lambda + SRD-7/SB setup I'm using now not long after that...)
I feel fine, thanks. Believe me, if these things were unsafe to wear, Stax would've been sued out of business a long time ago, and nobody else would bother to continue with electrostatic driver designs over the decades.
On top of that, if radiation was that much of a concern, I'd be dead already between the Wi-Fi router, the cell phones, and all the CRTs in my house.
The thing is that, being a used, discontinued set of equipment, you need to hold out for deals that fall within your budget. The places to check are Head-Fi's own Buy/Sell/Trade section (where I got all of my Stax equipment thus far), eBay (though expect stiff competition from other bidders), and AudiogoN. I've seen several Lambda + SRD-7 setups sell for under $400, though getting one for $250 was probably a big fluke on my part.
Also budget for both headphones and amp. Transformer boxes are cheap, and integrated receivers that can power them are numerous and thus affordable. Direct-drive amps cut down on the clutter and may sound better, but will often cost as much as a given Lambda model or more by themselves (that being around $350-600).
Used equipment is the only way I can afford most higher-end tech products. (Or to be able to get them in the first place, like SU-DH1s, Normal bias SR-Lambdas and fully PS2-compatible CECHA PS3s, among numerous other discontinued products.)
No physical keyboard? Are you typing all that from a smartphone? Reminds me of how I got a Galaxy S III as an early Christmas gift (took advantage of a Sprint BOGO deal with my mother; too bad they didn't bother extending said deal to the Galaxy Note II, the end-all be-all of smartphones for me) and I can browse Head-Fi pretty much everywhere now, but trying to type up lengthy posts like this without a physical keyboard seriously sucks.
I've got a Bluetooth keyboard case on the way, though, so that should lessen the pain.
Brave man, I couldn't give it up. I got my wife one, but I had to go with the Galaxy Relay 4g. I really wish a company other than Verizon had quality qwerty phones.
In regards to getting the least amount of noise from the mixamps, why don't you pick up a receiver? I have a Marantz SR 5002 I got practically brand new for cheap recently, and I can just about pop some ear drums before noticing any kind of noise. I understand getting the chat mix working may be a slight task, but if you still have your SLYR audio mixer you could use it. That is the only reason I picked up a pair of those, lol. Speaking of which, anyone wanna buy a pair of SLYR headphones without the mixer? I've used them for about 5 minutes just to test out and If you are using a mixamp, you don't need the mixer anyways. $30 shipped to the USA.
I'm not trying to make money, it will probably cost $15-$20 to ship anyways. I'm just trying to clear some room in my Study, lol.