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post #466 of 1530
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post

I don't see them listed on their site? What price did you pay?

They now say they've shipped, although I don't find them on the site either anymore.

 

I paid 629.99

post #467 of 1530

I was just able to pull up the Headphones.com page with the $629.99 price but there's no way to add it to your cart.  I might contact them tomorrow. 

 

Also, do people know whether there's a particular time of day when Amazon has these headphones on sale for these insanely low prices, or is it just random?  Obviously I'd like $550 even more than $630... but I'm not willing to go to one of the no name guys I found on Bing (anybody ever bought anything from Mycashop or Chuck's Audio and Video?  I'm guessing not...)

post #468 of 1530
Again, Amazon is very unpredictable in their pricing - there's really no way to say when they will be at the price you want them at. Basically just watch and wait and see what happens. I wouldn't suggest either of those places; basically either grab them at retail (which is not unfair for their performance) or wait it out. They also come up used sometimes for around $300-$400 (sometimes without the amp, keep that in mind). You might try using camelcamelcamel.com to track the price, and if I remember right, they also do e-mail notification of price drops.
post #469 of 1530
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post
 You might try using camelcamelcamel.com to track the price, and if I remember right, they also do e-mail notification of price drops.

Thanks for the tip, What a great website! beerchug.gif

post #470 of 1530
Oh another two ideas:

Koss usually does a sale around Christmas on all of their headphones, it's usually like a blanket 20-25%, so if they don't drop on Amazon you might be able to get them for $750-$800 from Koss directly (and they do ship internationally now). But you'd be waiting until like November.

Newegg (the computer retailer, newegg.com) sometimes sells ESP/950s (and other high end headphones - it seems sporadic and random), at less than MSRP.

These are both probably long-shots, but worth investigating at least. redface.gif
post #471 of 1530

Any idea why Koss seems to ignore international distributors or dealers? I see that they now have international shipping so they finally recognize the rest of the world but that doesn't explain the lack of international dealers? 

post #472 of 1530
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post

Any idea why Koss seems to ignore international distributors or dealers? I see that they now have international shipping so they finally recognize the rest of the world but that doesn't explain the lack of international dealers? 

No, but I think the ESP/950 are distributed less widely than their other models (for example I've heard that the PRO4 series has been sold in Japan for a while, and I know their other models are much easier to find even in the US) - it may just be limited production capacity or something similar.
post #473 of 1530

Wow, Camelcamelcamel is a really nice site for those of us who use Amazon a lot.  I hadn't used it before, but now I'm signed up for both the Koss and the Beyer T1.  I particularly like the history graph, which shows how volatile Amazon prices really are.  Very cool.

 

Thanks Obob!

post #474 of 1530

>I was just able to pull up the Headphones.com page with the $629.99 price but there's no way to add it to your cart.  I might contact them tomorrow. 

 

I had the same thing happen to me.  Then later, there was a way to add them to the cart.  Strange.

post #475 of 1530
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Originally Posted by jcx View Post

any SS device will have larger parasitic C than tubes, but T2, BHSE, KGSS, KGHVSS all use solid state output Q  on one side at least - some are now using IXYS MOSFET ccs on ouput

 

 

T2 and BHSE  have solid-state output stages?  Really?  

post #476 of 1530

The current sources for the output stage are solid state. The active gain element is a tube.

post #477 of 1530

For my future reference.  What "readily available" standalone stax amps are most recommended with the ESP950?  The 323s and 717 being at the higher end of the price spectrum.

post #478 of 1530
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

For my future reference.  What "readily available" standalone stax amps are most recommended with the ESP950?  The 323s and 717 being at the higher end of the price spectrum.

It has been reported that the esp950 doesn't sound much better with other amps than the stock one. 

post #479 of 1530

Buh but... it's plastic!

post #480 of 1530
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Buh but... it's plastic!

Doesn't bother me.  Lightweight and more likely to be comfortable.

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