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post #181 of 1421

I have a chance to get these for around $500 , is that a no brainer deal? I've never used Stax's before , is it a type of sound that many find overly critical ? 

 

I've heard the praises being sung of how great these are for detail but I would imagine the bass response is below average? I'm just curious what I would be getting myself into.

post #182 of 1421

I bought a used pair for around $450 iirc and just sent them in for repair/replace because the inner foam had rotted out which was an additional $25 or so in shipping.  From my limited time with them and missing the foam padding, I would not call them bass deficient at all, it was one of the first things that stood out for me. Unless you are a bass head or something they should be pretty solid.


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 4/9/12 at 10:35am
post #183 of 1421


$500 is around average - they're around $600 new. 

 

Regarding the sound quality - it's a departure from dynamic headphones in terms of bass/midbass reproduction. Additionally, they're also planars, which influences the sound as well. The extension is there, but the impact is very different. 

 

Detail is not super-human, high-end dynamics can approach/mirror in terms of detail, speed, etc but again, the above differences make for a very unique listening experience. 

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Originally Posted by clarknova View Post

I have a chance to get these for around $500 , is that a no brainer deal? I've never used Stax's before , is it a type of sound that many find overly critical ? 

 

I've heard the praises being sung of how great these are for detail but I would imagine the bass response is below average? I'm just curious what I would be getting myself into.



 

post #184 of 1421

They run in the Mid $600.00s new. I just picked some up. For the price I had to try them. If I don't like them I'll put them up for sale on here.

post #185 of 1421

Amazing detail retrieval, very clear good mids and highs. Only somewhat lacking with bass. Any way to hook a subwoofer to my Dac or something?

post #186 of 1421

Not correctly. 

 

You could run splitters and feed it the line-level signal and use it's internal LPF, but it won't be properly x'ed into the ESP/950's. Lots of people do this, and it's not a bad experience to be quite honest. 

 

Alternately you could try a tactile transducer, or tone controls/EQ on the 950's themselves. 
 

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Originally Posted by powerlifter450 View Post
 Any way to hook a subwoofer to my Dac or something?


 

post #187 of 1421

So I was putzing around on the internet looking at some ATH cans, and I found this system for $200.  It's on a site called 'cameragps' from the UK, has anybody heard of it?
Edit: Never mind.  Complete scam.


Edited by dagothur - 4/13/12 at 8:18pm
post #188 of 1421

Yup, those sites are definite scams once you google them.

post #189 of 1421
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Originally Posted by n3rdling View Post

Yup, those sites are definite scams once you google them.


I realized that quite quickly, although seeing the W5000 for $300 should have been an immediate indicator.

 

post #190 of 1421


You're talking about splitting off one of the channels after it leaves the DAC? Such as getting a splitter and using it to split off either the left or right channel, feeing part of that signal to the subwoofer?
 

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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Not correctly. 

 

You could run splitters and feed it the line-level signal and use it's internal LPF, but it won't be properly x'ed into the ESP/950's. Lots of people do this, and it's not a bad experience to be quite honest. 

 

Alternately you could try a tactile transducer, or tone controls/EQ on the 950's themselves. 
 



 



 

post #191 of 1421

Yes, I too, realized that no one is selling these new for $200.00. These chinese scam sites have been on the internet for many years. They like to use consumer elctronics such as audio gear, TVs, Cameras, and cellphones.

post #192 of 1421


I'd take both channels through two splitters, but yes this is what I'm talking about. You'll need a sub that can do L/R in via RCA (it'll pad and sum them internally, which is what you want). Alternately, if you really wanted to screw around with it, you could get something like the M-Audio subwoofer and use it's internal crossover. I'd start out fairly aggressively around 100hz, but play with it and see what you get. From ye olde measurement land, the 950 doesn't provide any isolation or boost until you clear 1k, so you should hear the sub just fine (http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/Koss%20ESP950.pdf). Imho they're perfect taken straight up, or with a slight EQ on the bottom, but to each his own. 

 

Do realize that even the most expensive subwoofer you can find will not "blend" perfectly, both because they're headphones, and because they're stats.

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Originally Posted by powerlifter450 View Post


You're talking about splitting off one of the channels after it leaves the DAC? Such as getting a splitter and using it to split off either the left or right channel, feeing part of that signal to the subwoofer?
 



 



 


Edited by obobskivich - 4/13/12 at 9:15pm
post #193 of 1421

Sounds like a quality plan. thank you!

post #194 of 1421

Does anybody know where I might find a Koss to Stax adapter, or a guide to making one?  I'm thinking of purchasing these 'stats in the fall, and if I like them enough I might upgrade the driver unit to a Stax offering.

post #195 of 1421

You can buy 5-pin stax male ends at moon-audio

You can buy 6-pin stax male ends at allied electronics

 

Via these options you can make an adapter cable out of the stock extension cable or recable the esp950's end.

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