Originally Posted by ab initio
Does anybody want to remind me the inherent advantage that electrostats enjoy over dynamic-type drivers? Improved impulse response? "slew rate"? Are any of the advantages in the 20-20kHz range at sub 140 dB SPLs? Or is it about simpler structural dynamic characteristics and design requirements?
A buddy that built his own electrostat and amp(I know, it's crazy) told me the distortion is lower than dynamic. So, I checked out Tyll's measurements, and realized that dynamic drivers generally have increasing distortion as the frequency get's lower whereas a good Electrostat or Planar the distortion stay evenly in the same level under 1%. This could be just Tyll's measurements, and they could measure different with different setup.
Measurements are not that consistant though(HE-6 sounds fantastic, but it measures worse than LCD-2), take a look at them yourself, and see if you can make any good conclusions.
This is how TYLL measures them, and I don't think the measurements really show the performance when it's loaded to a real setup.
Edited by SilverEars - 4/24/14 at 8:05pm