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post #29731 of 38514
Another reason in addition to those already listed for why electrostats aren't in dream lists is .... No idea what the benefits are, and I'll definitely agree on the whole difficult to find a pair to try.

My dream setup right now is a Schiit hybrid setup (on mobile and I forget the names... And I might look into other things like the oppo ha-1) with a few options so I can try out tubes to see if I like, a pair of AKG K812's, and either a pair of LCD-2/3's or Mr speaker ethers.
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I don't think the 323S is all that expensive and it'll get the job done for many electrostatics excepting maybe the SR-007. If you don't listen very loud, the 323S is easily good enough for the SR-009 and SR-Omega as well.

Electrostatics can be somewhat finicky however, e.g. seasonal imbalances resulting from so-called "parasitic" charges left within the stators of the transducers. In some cases the imbalance can grow as much as 3-12dB as I experienced on my old HE60s. Given that experience I'm inclined to lean towards a modified SRM-727 (for channel balance control) above perhaps any aftermarket energizer.
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I don't think the 323S is all that expensive and it'll get the job done for many electrostatics excepting maybe the SR-007. If you don't listen very loud, the 323S is easily good enough for the SR-009 and SR-Omega as well.

Electrostatics can be somewhat finicky however, e.g. seasonal imbalances resulting from so-called "parasitic" charges left within the stators of the transducers. In some cases the imbalance can grow as much as 3-12dB as I experienced on my old HE60s. Given that experience I'm inclined to lean towards a modified SRM-727 (for channel balance control) above perhaps any aftermarket energizer.

Yeah I'm probably going to get the 323S and SR-007, acknowledging the SR-007 is harder to drive than the SR-009. That should at least hold me over until I can get a KGSSHV Carbon.
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KGSSHV is definitely a try-before-you-buy kind of pairing. I found it to be more shrill and sibilant with the SR-007Mk1 than even the SR-009 via the 323S.
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Electrostatic master race. My dream headphone setup consists of the MSB Technology Diamond DAC V Plus fully upgraded, HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE w/ Alps RK50 (but I'd happily accept a masterfully built DIY T2, Nanotube/Circlotron, or KGSSHV Carbon), and Stax SR-009. The superior transparency of electrostats is too good to miss out on. Even my old electret Stax SR-30 is more transparent than my Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro.
I really wanted a BHSE after having read so many good things about it when paired with an SR-009. But the price made it absolutely impossible. Maybe when I upgrade next time. But that being said, for all intents and purposes, I intend on my incoming audio gears to be end-game for me. The pursuit of top-of-the-line audio is truly exorbitant. At least when compared to other computer parts.
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I would not call it necessarily exorbitant, but it is too subjective and arbitrary to be worth fretting over.

The headache is worse in the realm of speakers where the possibilities of speakers and amplifiers are even more vast.

This is why I "threw in the towel" more than a year ago. Additionally back in 2009 when I received my JH13 Pros I quit all audio discussions for about three or four years.
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I've been away from headphone news for at least a year now. I randomly received an email from Audeze today introducing the LCD-4. Special order price of $3,995!
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I've been away from headphone news for at least a year now. I randomly received an email from Audeze today introducing the LCD-4. Special order price of $3,995!

Yep that's how it's done: double the price of your previous flagship. Actually, often times it's more than double. rolleyes.gif

I do look forward to auditioning it. I really wonder what it sounds like. What I've read suggests they tried to make it sound more like the LCD-2 and LCD-3. In this case I can't imagine it being a large improvement over the LCD-3.
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KGSSHV is definitely a try-before-you-buy kind of pairing. I found it to be more shrill and sibilant with the SR-007Mk1 than even the SR-009 via the 323S.

Okay what is going on.

I truly do trust you and your hearing, but we have having such wild differences that I am starting to think something weird is going on.

I am going to start doing some research and figure out how good QC is at stax. I will also ask justin to see if I can not get the BHSE and a few other things on loan to figure out what is going on.
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QC at Stax is drum-tight and I doubt the sample variation in their transducers and energizers.

DIY amplifiers are another story but every KGSSHV I've heard has had way too much energy up top.
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