Originally Posted by Sonido
Did you ever have an opportunity to compare that with the Koss ESP950 setup? It ranges from $600-$1000 new depending on if you buy on sale. I've heard the Koss amp/energizer it comes with is the weakest link, and if you get an adapter cable to Stax amps, the ESP950 sounds better than Stax Lambda.
I wish. Chances are it's not happening unless someone either lends me a set or I get $700 to blow on one. (If only I had the money for that $350 ESP-950 I saw on eBay a couple years ago...yeah, I'm still kicking myself!)
Everyone who speaks of the ESP/950 says it's basically the SR-Lambda on steroids when driven off a Pro bias Stax amp, especially that glorious midrange which endears me so much to the SR-Lambda in the first place.
However, my primary concerns with the ESP/950 are reliability (given the reports of squealing, you're gonna need that Koss lifetime warranty) and an allegedly smaller soundstage to the Lambda lineup, which can hinder gaming. (Albeit not too much, if MLE's impressions are anything to go by...)