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I'm going to be upgrading my desktop headphone setup soon, and I've been considering typical top tier options like the HD800 and the LCD2, but I recently started looking into electrostats.

 

At $1-2K, what are some of the better options available to me?  My research has pretty much got pointed towards a Koss ESP950, with an upgrade to a better amp like a KGSSHV with the proper bias in the future.  The Koss lifetime warranty puts any of my concerns about the known issues at ease.

 

So, are there any other options I should consider?

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I once had a pair of Stax electrostatics way back in the mid 80's. They were, without doubt and quite easily the absolute worst pair of headphones I ever had.

 

They couldn't handle any bass at all, and they were supremely uncomfortable.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

You need to be posting in the Summit-Fi section of the forum.

 

I did, just thought I'd put something in the recommendations forum.  Thanks for the bump though.

 

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Originally Posted by Shenanigans000 View Post
 

I once had a pair of Stax electrostatics way back in the mid 80's. They were, without doubt and quite easily the absolute worst pair of headphones I ever had.

 

They couldn't handle any bass at all, and they were supremely uncomfortable.

 

I've briefly had the chance to listen to some older Lambdas (don't remember which) and some SR007s.  The Lambdas were definitey bass light, but they have their own appeal.  The Omegas definitely did not lack bass though. 

 

Of course I'm more interested in the current Lambda entry level lineup, and had it compares to the Koss.


Edited by AnalogSavior - 6/4/14 at 6:01am
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Personally, I'd get 207's and srm-323 from the newest line-up.
If I were to buy new cans now, I'd likely get Hifiman HE-560. As it is, I'll wait for the new Hifiman stat and HE-6 replacement before buying new gear.
FYI my SRM-T1 and 307 combo is IMO approx. on the same level as HE-500/5LE with emotiva mini-x. Sigma is a small notch above and my LS is a level above, but in the same league.
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I once had a pair of Stax electrostatics way back in the mid 80's. They were, without doubt and quite easily the absolute worst pair of headphones I ever had.

They couldn't handle any bass at all, and they were supremely uncomfortable.
Probably cuz they were some electrets..
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Personally, I'd get 207's and srm-323 from the newest line-up.
If I were to buy new cans now, I'd likely get Hifiman HE-560. As it is, I'll wait for the new Hifiman stat and HE-6 replacement before buying new gear.
FYI my SRM-T1 and 307 combo is IMO approx. on the same level as HE-500/5LE with emotiva mini-x. Sigma is a small notch above and my LS is a level above, but in the same league.

 

Its always interesting diving into something completely new.  The 207 and 323S combo is what I've read is the best from the current Stax lineup, so I'm glad to see there is consensus.

 

I have mixed feelings about HiFiman, as I know some of there products have great price to performance ratio (RE400, HE500) but for some reason they haven't worked for me the few times I've listened to them.  Either way, if I were to go with orthos, I'd likely go with the most recent update of the LCD-2, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Maybe pair it with something interesting like an Apex Peak/Volcano.  Quite expensive though, but thats how this hobby works.

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Probably cuz they were some electrets..

I think you're right. Athough I don't know the difference between electrostatic and electret headphones. Here's a picture...

 

 

As I said, fiendishly uncomfortable. And quite expensive if I remember.

 

I would have to think very hard about ever handing my money over to the Stax company again.

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This is the cheapest electret model from Stax ;)

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