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You're saying you can't afford these? They might be worth a shot, given that the thread about these rare Toshiba back electrets has one person mentioning that they sound a lot like a Stax SR-X Mk3, which is a true electrostatic design. I'm just worried about the comfort, given that it's a vintage set.

 

I wish I could help you with the decision between the AD900 and the DT880, but I'm just not the sort of person who will outright vouch for or against gear I've never heard. The most I can do is speculate, and most of that speculation is on the AD900 since I once owned the AD700 (which was very comfortable, by the way).


Those look perfect! biggrin.gif

Wish I could pick that up right now. My mom will kill me if I buy another pair of headphones haha

 

 

Are they usually that low of a price?

 

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Those look perfect! biggrin.gif

Wish I could pick that up right now. My mom will kill me if I buy another pair of headphones haha

 

Are they usually that low of a price?


Given that they're not on sale very often, it's difficult to say whether or not it's the typical going price for a Toshiba back electret...but it's certainly cheaper than the typical Stax SR-X Mk3 + transformer box combo selling on eBay or Head-Fi B/S/T, and it doesn't look like you'd need a speaker amp to drive it. Given the good things I've heard about the SR-X Mk3 (even if it's no Lambda), these seem like a good introduction to the electrostatic sound. If you don't like them, I'm sure you won't have too much trouble reselling them; there's plenty of demand for electrostatics, even vintage ones.

 

I'd certainly like to evaluate it myself, but I don't have the money and don't really feel the urgent need to do so since I already have a Stax Lambda system. (I managed to score this one for $250 with a transformer box and had a receiver to use as a speaker amp. If only there was another such deal I could point you to right now...)

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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

 

Given that they're not on sale very often, it's difficult to say whether or not it's the typical going price for a Toshiba back electret...but it's certainly cheaper than the typical Stax SR-X Mk3 + transformer box combo selling on eBay or Head-Fi B/S/T, and it doesn't look like you'd need a speaker amp to drive it. Given the good things I've heard about the SR-X Mk3 (even if it's no Lambda), these seem like a good introduction to the electrostatic sound. If you don't like them, I'm sure you won't have too much trouble reselling them; there's plenty of demand for electrostatics, even vintage ones.

 

I'd certainly like to evaluate it myself, but I don't have the money and don't really feel the urgent need to do so since I already have a Stax Lambda system. (I managed to score this one for $250 with a transformer box and had a receiver to use as a speaker amp. If only there was another such deal I could point you to right now...)

 

 

Are the best deals usually on the Head-Fi classifieds? I assume eBay is a no no...

 

Also are most electrostatic headphones good, or are there brands to stay away from?
 

 


Edited by mdonova33 - 10/25/11 at 9:49am
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Are the best deals usually on the Head-Fi classifieds? I assume eBay is a no no...

 

Also are most electrostatic headphones good, or are there brands to stay away from?


Sometimes it's the Head-Fi classifieds, sometimes it's eBay, sometimes it's AudiogoN. You just have to look around and keep your eyes peeled, and in the case on eBay, hope that the auction you're gunning for doesn't have any overzealous bidders to compete with. I've already seem some vintage Lambdas sell in the classifieds here for $300 or less (excluding my own), but the required driver unit would have to be purchased separately, pushing it over budget.

 

For instance, here's an SR-Gamma that sold for $152.16 shipped. You'd need to find a replacement AC adapter for the SRD-X if you don't want to be exhausting C batteries all the time had you won that auction, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to source a compatible AC adapter, and the SR-Gamma uses the same drivers as the SR-5N and SR-X Mk3, from what I've heard (which means that it's quite good for a non-Lambda model). While it's too late for that auction, it may be worth considering the next time it shows up for sale somewhere for a low price.

 

Electrostatic (and electret) headphones aren't very common, and the majority of them are Stax. They're not the only manufacturers, but when they only make electrostatic headphones while others like Koss mostly produce dynamics with the occasional electrostatic, it's to be expected. As long as you make sure with the seller that there aren't any channel imbalances or other serious flaws with the set (most of which have to do with being several decades old more than anything) before you commit to buying, you should be good to go.

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