Originally Posted by catscratch
Listen to the SR-X Mk3 Pro someday. It's the headphone that Grado should
have been making all along.
I think electrostatics can do quite well for rock, but you need a very beefy amp behind many 'stats to get them to really open up and sing. Properly driven there really aren't that many compromises. Except of course the price.
Will do, if I can find and afford it to begin with.
The general impression people have of the Normal bias SR-X/Mk3 (going by that since the Pro bias variant is quite rare) is that it's Grado on steroids or what Grado should be, it seems. Not that I've heard a Grado to compare...
The only thing is, the one thing I've heard about Grado headphones in general is that even though they're open, they're also said to have a small soundstage. Same for the SR-X/Mk3 when compared to the Lambdas. I like my soundstage as 3D as it can get; it brings out the positional cues in binaural mixes better that way, and I don't mind a large soundstage for listening to rock or anything else.
Then again, I'm already pretty happy with my SR-Lambda + SRD-7/SB + TX-SV515PRO setup for everything I listen to. If anything, I need to stop trying to buy every bit of Stax equipment that's within a price I can afford...well, maybe unless it's another SR-Lambda.