Stax SRS-4170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System
Stax SRS-4170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System
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awarrior
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Mar 26, 2014
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A SRS-2170 combo would have been a better option. Better than conventional designs like the HD800 and they are more neutral than headphones like the Audeze and HiFiMAN planars.
Mar 26, 2014
UzminiNu
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Mar 26, 2014
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LOL Have a entry Level SRS 3030 combo and it surpasses dynamic headphones, including the 1000 usd ones in my collection.
Mar 26, 2014
raz528
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Mar 26, 2014
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Agreed. It beats my ATH-AD2000 setup with a M1 DAC & B22/O22, and I loooooooooove that setup too. Glad I got it from MD!
Mar 26, 2014
Sonido
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Mar 25, 2014
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SR-007 for this price would be tempting.
Mar 25, 2014
Elsie
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Mar 25, 2014
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Hopefully this doesn't sour the relationship with Stax at all.
Mar 25, 2014
atdc
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Mar 25, 2014
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I feel like people willing to spend this kind of money for a mid-range e-stat set-up aren't waiting for a drop.
Mar 25, 2014
floodo1
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Mar 22, 2014
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rofl, trying to have audiophile discussions on massdrop! the only comment necessary is "can't wait for these to show up" :) Either you know what these are and that 1600 is a decent price or you dont.
Mar 22, 2014
jabs
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Mar 19, 2014
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Financing options?
Mar 19, 2014
Mark
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Mar 19, 2014
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1) Purchase Bitcoins 2) Wait 3 months 3) Profit & buy Stax.
Mar 19, 2014
cckwokchun
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Mar 19, 2014
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I love the design. STAX is just legendary. It's a must have if you claim yourself a true audiophile. In my opinion, any gear set under $1000 are just not worth getting, completely waste of money. You'll get nothing but terrible sound from low end gears, don't get fooled by those Internet articles. You get what you pay for and listening is believing. I have been there and done that.
I began putting money on Electrostatic speakers a while back and sell or give away my headphones. Even though I am not in the market for this, but I'd be proud to own one.
Mar 19, 2014
Gneiss
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Mar 19, 2014
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God I hope you are trolling.
Mar 19, 2014
Mark
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Mar 18, 2014
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This drop has the highest discussed-to-purchase ratio everrrrr
Mar 18, 2014
Sonido
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Mar 19, 2014
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Infinite like any other ones without a purchase but at least one comment?
Mar 19, 2014
Sherwood
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Mar 18, 2014
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This is an awesome drop. I feel like a lot of the complaints are coming from people without very thorough knowledge of the product line. A few points:
1) This can be had for $1375, cheaper than the lowest drop, if you're willing to deal with a Japanese seller for possible warranty work: http://pricejapan.com/front/e_good_info.php?code=1028&category=10
2) Amplifier requirements for electrostatic headphones are not trivial. Though this combo is the most expensive pairing of an amp and headphones that Stax offers, the headphones and the amp both represent the middle of their range.
3) The only product Massdrop has offered to rival this drop would be the Koss ESP-950, which come at a lower price. They're also more prone to failure, and the E90 amplifier they come with is nowhere near the quality of this amp. The 950 is a good deal, but it is debatable whether it represents a better value. Planar headphones like the HE-6, and IEMs and CIEMS are in a completely different league. Some would correctly say a lesser league.
4) The rectangular design (called the Lambda) has been a mainstay for 40 years for a good reason. It's an excellent way to make an electrostatic panel, and it sounds fantastic. It also looks somewhat ridiculous if you're not used to it. Look at this as an opportunity to be your own man!
Mar 18, 2014
ddTaylor73
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Mar 19, 2014
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I disagree with the comment you would likely bypass the Stax for something higher-end after hearing the Koss. While the Koss cans and amplifier are very solid and deliver sound at a great price per dollar ratio, the Koss amplifier is not in the same league as the Stax, in my opinion. That said, the Koss is one of the most underrated headphones, period. I prefer the sound of planer and stats to dynamic headphones in nearly all incarnations. I think the HD700 and 800 are overrated for their price and require substantial care in choosing an amplifier. When a suitable amplifier is found it is most often expensive, discrete or tube based. I would take, in nearly all situations the Koss stats over my Sennheisers paired with my previous high-end tube based headphone preamp and separate amplifier. When the Koss goes on-sale around Christmas or on Massdrop they can be had with included amplifier for less than the HD700's and not much more than a pair of HiFi Man planer cans. I have seen the Koss sell for South of $650.
I have several pairs of cans for different types of music and for different moods. I found that a pair of AKG Q701's, an iFi DAC and iFi headphone amplifier (total all-in cost of about $500) delivers great sound that rivals many other more expensive equipment I own. Stats are not for everyone, though. They have a unique and accurate (generally) sound that may not work with most streamed music or low-resolution content whereas dynamic cans almost always work much better for that content, though that is a generalization and not always accurate.
The stats paired with a $500 turntable and $150 phono preamp will eat the lunch of many other systems and gear for pure musical enjoyment, at least for me. Either way you look at it, the Koss is a superb bargain at the usual $999 price and a legitimate steal when found on sale or through Massdrop. The truth is simple, if you find enjoyment in music with a $2 pair of buds and your iPhone, great. That is the point. Enjoyment. If you want what many consider to be world class sound and moving from or to a reference grade kit then the Stax are high on the list.
Mar 19, 2014
Binge
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Mar 22, 2014
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I really have only said I would buy the sale price ESP-950s over this offering. I would have jumped on a drop for SR-007s and a decent stax amplifier to accompany it.
Great explanation on the value and performance of the ESP-950. It's qualities are incredible for the price :)
Mar 22, 2014
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