Originally Posted by AnalogSavior
Hmmm...as much I'd like to, I might have to pass on Stax right now. The Koss with the warranty seems to be the better option for me at the moment.
Thanks for the replys.
I have Koss ESP-950 and Stax Lambda Signature and SR-007 mk I's.
I like the 950's a whole lot. The Koss 950 is voiced differently than Stax, with a slightly richer midrange and a bit more bass impact. The ESP-950's highs are smooth and extended. There's lots of detail. Definitely an electrostatic level of clarity. But they do sound different from Stax. That said, I feel that the ESP-950 sounds more like my SR-007 than my Lambda Signatures. I have recabled ESP-950's so I listen to them on all on the same amp - a Stax T-1. However, the little Koss amp that comes with the ESP-950's doesn't sound all that much different. Maybe a little less refinement, but overall the sound does not differ much from the T-1
My 2 cents worth: Get the Koss. Get Stax, too, later on if you want. A pair of Lambda's makes a nice contrast to the ESP-950's, you can get them used and you can make a plug adapter to drive the Stax off the Koss amp.
With the money you save over spending a ton on a high-end Stax rig, buy tickets for live music events- and try some different genre's- move out of your comfort zone: try jazz, classical, chamber, world music, folk, blues, metal, trip-hop, hip-hop and alt rock......
Listening to headphones or speakers is nice, but live music is where it's at.