New Flagship Electrostatic STAX SR-X9000 Now Available @HeadAmp!
Sep 17, 2021 at 9:41 AM Post #17 of 47

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so fixing the poorly built STAX SR-009S to have a better build/sound costs 5800$? Rent Is Too Dang High
 
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Sep 17, 2021 at 2:12 PM Post #19 of 47

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I've spent my fair share on high-end audio gear, including TOTL headphones, but the recent race-to-the-top pricing seems to be a bit disconcerting lol.

$6,000 appears to be the new $4,000.

That being said, certainly an intriguing offering here and excited to hear the reviews 🤣
I saw recently that (in the US), per-capita savings rates skyrocketed for a number of periods over the course of the pandemic, and, though they have dropped again, there's a whole lotta people with an extra few grand (or more) sitting in bank accounts. It's probably a function of people having more cash to throw at luxury items than usual.

That doesn't mean I'm happy about it, though. It's a silly price, imo, given that they really haven't done anything technologically unprecedented--the mesh driver tech was also used in the SR-Ω. If they developed something wildly different I'd be happy to throw money at offsetting major R&D costs--but this is not so.
 
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Sep 17, 2021 at 2:16 PM Post #20 of 47

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Don't forget there is a lot more competition now in the TOTL headphone space. All we need is someone to undercut the compitition.
 
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I saw recently that (in the US), per-capita savings rates skyrocketed for a number of periods over the course of the pandemic, and, though they have dropped again, there's a whole lotta people with an extra few grand (or more) sitting in bank accounts. It's probably a function of people having more cash to throw at luxury items than usual.

That doesn't mean I'm happy about it, though.


Absolutely agree; I am also active in the watch community and the prices on luxury time pieces have exploded since COVID. Certain Rolex models are up 40+% year-over-year. There seems to be a renaissance for luxury items and collectibles, due directly from COVID and quarantines. Pretty rapid inflation in a lot of these hobbies.

I'm not particularly happy about it, either, because I'm not sure the quality is catching up to the prices anymore. Plus, it doesn't feel quite as special anymore dropping $3k or $4k on a pair of headphones when the market is saturating at this price point.
 
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@HeadAmpTeam the price was list as ~$5850 and now it’s $6,000?

edit: $6,200
 
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Sep 17, 2021 at 5:07 PM Post #25 of 47

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No better example of the absurd luxury item inflation discussed on this thread than the price of this headphone going from $5,850 to $6,200 within 1 day 😂😂
 
Sep 17, 2021 at 5:39 PM Post #26 of 47

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No better example of the absurd luxury item inflation discussed on this thread than the price of this headphone going from $5,850 to $6,200 within 1 day 😂😂
Damn I should have bought on Day 0 at this rate we’ll be at $1M by Christmas😂
 
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Don't forget there is a lot more competition now in the TOTL headphone space. All we need is someone to undercut the compitition.
Not really. In luxury items, when someone undercuts your price you just release something even more expensive (which is EXACTLY what happened here). The goal in totl luxury isn't to be the most affordable, it's to be the top dog.
 

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