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In Reply to: RE: How many have replaced systems with headphone systems? posted by Ozzy on May 02, 2016 at 07:45:14
a Stax electrostatic ear speaker based system. You can get a used set of Lambda Nova Signature headphones for around $500 and a used or new Stax amplifier for anywhere between $500 and $1500. An acquaintance of mine listened to my Stax system (which, granted, costs more - modded Stax SR007 Mk II and my home-built SRX Plus tube amp), then bartered for a set of used Stax Lambda Pros and a used Stax T1 amp and sold his modified Sennheiser 800s within a week saying that he couldn't listen to the Senns any more. He is also selling his Magnepan-based system in favor of the Staxes.
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And sold it when I heard a pair of HD800's. Couldn't listen to the Stax after hearing the Senn's.
That was four years ago, I've never looked back. In fact just upgraded to HD800S.
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I just recently demonstrated a Stax system at a Head-Fi meet in Albuquerque and one of the people who heard it immediately sold his Senn HD800s in favor of a Stax system. Personal preference, I guess.
Nothing at all against Stax, at least not on my part!
It's just that a brand new Stax system runs well outside of the $2000 budget suggestion. The OP didn't specify a preference for new gear over used gear but I tend to assume that first time buyers will prefer new, if only because of the need to clean or change out old earpads and other parts related to prior personal usage with used heapdhones.
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