Originally Posted by lubczyk
Because STAX are niche and boutique in the likes of Audeze, Hifiman and I'd rather stick with something that has proven QC and opinions like Sennheiser, Creative, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, AKG, Denon, Sony, V-Moda, Philips, Monster, Beats by Dre, Bose, Koss.
...Stax has 50 or so years of experience, and no significant QC issue to speak of. Their products last 20 years plus while quite a few of these other brands break for one reason or another well before that.
I just don't trust niche manufactures in whatever sector. I'd rather go with a name brand. Pus the whole lack of distributors and no way to drive STAX out of anything you'd use everyday.
Stax is a name brand. Their lack of distributors is largely their own fault as they have been mismanaged/mismarketed internationally for quite a while. Perhaps it is time for that to change with the 009's success and Edifier's acquisition. The lack of drive is a byproduct of being an electrostat. That's like saying you don't like motorcycles because there's no room for your groceries. You don't buy one if that's what you need.
I mean, if STAX are really that good, why don't I see Gamestop, Best Buy, Walmart, Radio Shack, Guitar Center, HHGreg carrying them?
Because your average person wants plug-and-play, set-and-forget, portable-throw-in-your-backpack headphones, and those considerations are much more important to them than audio fidelity. Or at least, they are not actively bothered enough from the fidelity of their average headphones to petition their Gamestop to procure and import an electrostatic system from Japan.
On a separate note, equivalents of Best Buy do carry them in Japan.
If STAX is really that good, why don't studios around the world use them for recording, mixing and production?
The vast majority of studios use monitors (check out Gearslutz for an idea). However, Stax was petitioned specifically to make a closed studio monitor, and they obliged with the 4070, which is used in some studios to this day.
And of course, why pay thousands for headphones with no isolation and restricted to home usage when you could pay a few hundred for full-size speakers?
A cheapish stax system outperforms quite a few speaker systems thousands of dollars more on detail retrieval and transparency. That said, there are great speaker systems for cheap as well. For many it comes down to having to set up a whole room (space, treatments, etc) for speakers, and some may have limited space and time. Speakers are also not simple when one is trying to listen in peace with their children screaming in the next room or while everyone is asleep.