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post #616 of 631

The Taket's are very nice.

I have both pads.

post #617 of 631

Forgive me, but I had never heard of King Sound electrostatic headphones before, until today...

 

I was at my booth in Vegas at THE Show and this group of Chinese guys came by with their headphones and headphone amp. They asked if it was OK if they tried their headphones with my software. I said OK and assumed they had a pair of dynamic or planar headphones. I was surprised when they said they were electrostatic! 

 

So they proceeded to compare the latest King Sound electrostats with my Stax SR-009. They also wanted to hear what their headphones sounded like with this Russian prototype electrostatic amp/DAC I am showing in my booth. So we did headphone comparisons and amp comparisons...

 

Well, I have to say, against the Stax-009, there was no comparison. I didn't expect it either since they said their headphones cost about $800 for both the headphones and amp. It would have been great if they were close. The Stax setup was close to $10,000. I know higher cost doesn't always mean better, but the difference was pretty obvious.

 

Anyway, I got back to my room so I could Google King Sound and found this thread.

post #618 of 631

Darin,

Did they have the new headphones there?  What did you think of them in general?

post #619 of 631

I have the Float, Ergo AMT, koss esp-950, and Stax but not the Taket's

 

I feel the sound presentation of the Floats and AMT's are unique regarding soundstage. I've never heard anything else which compares, not even the top end Stax. This is why I love them so much even with their other shortcomings

I believe the Taket is very fussy to find their sweet spot, so requires a bit of experimentation and needs a lot of power to drive like the Floats/AMT's. I have heard the bass on these makes the Audeze sound a bit wimpy :)

 

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I don't have the float, just the Ergo AMT.

post #620 of 631

Taket's are not electrostatic?

post #621 of 631
Piezoelectric, IIRC.
post #622 of 631

Some elements I think may be like the Ergo AMT, but no not electrostatic

post #623 of 631

:L3000:You can't see them when you are listening.  Yes, plain and simple. Try to not visualize yourself.

post #624 of 631

According to Moon Audio the photos are of a pre-production prototype.  Probably 3D printed quickies.  The look could potentially change a lot before manufacturing release.

post #625 of 631

I had a listen to these today but they don't seem to be the King Sound Electrostatics that was shown last year. Are these different and new?

 

post #626 of 631

Yep, they are part of the second round of releases from Kingsound.  What did you think?

post #627 of 631
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Yep, they are part of the second round of releases from Kingsound.  What did you think?

 

IMHO, "trying" is how I'd sum it up but it's kinda unfair as I've got 009s & 007s at home and naturally these are no comparison. I have little to no experience with 307s & 407s, etc. which is where I think these Kingsounds should look at as competitors. Just my personal preference, I kinda prefer Wachara's DIY floats.

post #628 of 631
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

I had a listen to these today but they don't seem to be the King Sound Electrostatics that was shown last year. Are these different and new?

 

That look interesting. How did it sound?

post #629 of 631
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That look interesting. How did it sound?

 

Sadly I listened to it at an event so it's not an ideal environment for a fair impressions especially it being an open headphone. I felt tonally it was decent (not certain if I'd say it's tonally balanced though, but quite acceptable to my tastes) however lack the resolution which I'm accustomed to - which would be an unfair comparison since I have the 007/009 at home.

 

I suggested to the local distributor here  that it's probably worthwhile to compare it to the lower ended Staxes around - the 404's, 507, etc. Bear in mind though that this King Emperor is approx $1000 with headphone & amp combined so that's quite decent value.

post #630 of 631

I eard the first one thta Drew at Moon had at the NY met last year and hope he bring one to he DC Capitol Audiofest so i can get  glimpse of whatit sound like

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