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In Reply to: RE: Koss ESP/950 Electrostatic Headphones... posted by John Elison on April 02, 2017 at 18:58:17
is to run them from a Stax headphone amp. You will hear the improvement immediately, the Koss amp.driver is the weak link in the Koss 950 set-up.
I do own the Koss electrostatics myself, as well as several Stax headphones. I do like the Koss but I do think my Stax SR-404 have a bit more clarity and detail. That said, you will notice an improvement in sound if you drive the Koss from a Stax amp or other aftermarket amp.
What you say might be true, but unless Stax has changed to a square five-pin plug like the Koss plug, it will not be possible to plug the Koss headphones into the Stax amplifier.
I once owned Stax Lambda Pro headphones and they had a round five-pin plug. I also owned Koss ESP-9 headphones and they too had a round five-pin plug. However, these new Koss ESP/950 headphones have switched to a square plug. Therefore, an adapter would be required in order to connect the Koss electrostatic headphones to the Stax amplifier.
You can make your own adapter plug with a 5 pin Stax plug and the Koss extension cable, or they show up from time to time on ebay for around $125-150.
yes, they come up listed on ebay pretty regularly. Darin Fong audio in Calif. sells them as well. The ouput of the Stax amps (pro type) is pretty close to the Koss so they run with no problems.
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