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Amp for SR-009 that can drive also other headphones?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Is there an amp for Stax SR-009 that can drive also other headphones like TH-900, HD 800, LCD-2, HE-500...?

 

Seems a bit crazy to buy a 5000$ headphone amp for only one headphones.

post #2 of 27

Electrostats like SR-009 needs totally different amplifiers and won't be compatible with those dynamics you mentioned.

 

The closest solution I can think of is to get a really powerful standard headphone amp and using something like a WEE transformer to drive the electrostats as well.

post #3 of 27

Malvalve is the only company I know of that makes an amp that works with both Stats and Dynamics.  Consider though that its likely to be somewhat of a compromise on both though.

 

Better way to spend $5000:

 

Electra (Electrostatic amp) - $3500 Pre-order price

Super 7 (Dynamic amp) - $1500 Black Friday special


Edited by Radio_head - 11/15/12 at 8:49am
post #4 of 27

I think Ray's A-10 can.

post #5 of 27

The A-10 can double as a preamp, not a dynamic headphone amp.

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

The A-10 can double as a preamp, not a dynamic headphone amp.

Oops, sorry then. Thanks for the clarification.

post #7 of 27

Any attempts to marry such different beasts will always be a compromise and a huge one at that. 

 

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

I think Ray's A-10 can.

 

No. 

post #8 of 27
I second the opinion on getting a Woo Audio WEE. I think it's a great idea. I am in the process of ordering one from my dealer so that I can try pairing it with my Cary SLi-80. If it's a good match, I'll have the Cary running triple duty, driving speakers, driving electrostats through the WEE and driving my dynamic cans througgh it's headphone out. I might add that the headphone out on the SLI-80 sounds absolutely awesome to me and it was the reason I bought it in the first place. I ahven't really got the room or the time toi get back into speakers.
post #9 of 27

You can always get a Stax SRD-7 Pro or mkII which does the same thing as the WEE and costs much less.

post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 

That WEE looks interesting! Thanks for the tip!

 

But now I´m wondering if I would get a Woo Audio WES for example, would there be similar converters to drive dynamic headphones with the WES?

post #11 of 27

No. 

post #12 of 27

OP, what you want doesn't exist.  If you want stats, you need a stat amp, the cost of which will be significant if you want to do it right.

 

And for your dynamics, you need a dynamic amp.

 

These are the realities of owning both types of rigs.  It doesn't make economic sense for everyone.

post #13 of 27

It does exist, it just looks like he only has a few hundred dollar budget.  At that budget, it's either cheap stax amp and cheap dynamic amp, or dynamic amp+ SRD-7/WEE

post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

It does exist, it just looks like he only has a few hundred dollar budget.  At that budget, it's either cheap stax amp and cheap dynamic amp, or dynamic amp+ SRD-7/WEE

 

That Malvalve scares me.

post #15 of 27

Malvalve max output for electrostatic is only 800Vp-p and for dynamic is only 12W into 8ohms per channel balanced. These seem like major compromises on both sides, and it still costs north of $5500. Combining electrostatic amp and dynamic amp with both of them sounding great is not *impossible.* You just have to convince Justin to stuff BHSE and GSX into one box. wink.gif

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