Hi All! This is my very first post at Head-Fi even though I have been lurking at this forum for the past 3 years....
Anyways! I will be traveling to the Hokkaido province of Japan in two weeks and I am seriously considering getting the STAX SRS-2170 as my first entry into electro static headphones. The STAX SRS-2170 includes the SRS-207 headphones and the SRM-252S amplifier all in one very affordable package for around $615USD! Unfortunately, I probably cannot afford the next trim up, which is the SRS-3170 system at twice the price $1200USD... so I will most likely get the SRS-2170 or nothing.
My question to those who have experience with STAX will be how the SRS2170 system compares to current flagships or ex-flagships of dynamic headphones such as HD-650/800, T1, LCD2/3, AKG 702, Audio Technica Woodies, Shure 1860 and Hifiman? I know that the sound will be different but will it be at least on the same level as most ex-flagship models. I just want to make sure that the SRS-2170 will not be a step down when compared to the gears I already own...
My current headphones collections include ex-flagships such as: Audio Technica ATH-W3000ANV, Denon D7000, HD-650, AKG K702, Shure SRH-940 and Grado RS1i. I use Naim and Bryston gears as source, and my top headphone amplifier is the Bryston BHA-1.
I know I am in the best position to demo the STAX and judge for myself, but since I cannot take my gears with me to the trip, I am hoping at least a very few of you can give me your opinion of the STAX SRS 2170.
For those who owns multiple STAX headphones, will you scale the SRS-207 headphones to be around 80% performance of the SRS-507 at 1/3 the price?
Many thanks in advance!