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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:30 pm 
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I've been watching for several months, and there seems to be a large, and growing number of these for sale,both here and on Kijiji.

Owners, like myself, who really want electrostatics, but can't afford them......thinking "these will be close enough?"

Give me STAX, or give me deaf!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:32 pm 
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It's because they've become much more popular and sold many more the last few years.

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I am a long-time Stax owner, but I tried a pair of Hifiman planars (with a tube headphone amp) about a year ago. I had them for a few months, but sold them because they were pretty mediocre. They weren't very comfortable, and I wasn't impressed with the build-quality either. I am sure there are some good planars, but why bother when you can have a real electrostatic system for about the same price as a pair of planars and a good headphone amp.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:10 pm 
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There is a thread on the Hifiman 400i that may be of interest but I think Quadzilla summed things up accurately.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:39 pm 
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We should meet! You and I agree on many items. I have been looking to upgrade my headphones over the past 1+ years. First start off with the Sony MDR-1A then to the Sony MDR-1000 for business. During this time, I was looking to move up to a pair that offer outstanding comfort with a better sound. Tried numerous pairs of HiFI Planars and came to the similar conclusion that you have. Why so many of them for sale on CAM???

After trying them out, I can understand why there are so many for sale. Not my cup of tea!

After trying out many and with a modest amount of free cash, decided to move up to the EE-MU Teaks. Simple wonderful and price right!

A wise man once stated, watch out for what you pay for.........If i see many for sale, my spider senses begin to tingle!!!!!

Perhaps Godzilla is right, Stax is the way to go. However not in the same budget....

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I’d have to say leftside is correct. At the time I purchased my Audeze’s, they only had 3 or 4 models. Now they have 12 not including their IEM. HiFiman has also become extremely popular these past few years, especially given their massive price drops for selected models. Other companies such as Oppo has also joined the game (even if short lived). We see these types of trends with a lot of components, especially with certain speaker models and DAC’s.

As for the sound of planars, every HP will have their own sound character which as we all know will be subjective. Can’t comment on other makes and models but I do enjoy my Audeze’s. They are relatively easy to drive but come to life with some quality power behind them. If I had to complain about anything it would be their weight – but that is also somewhat subjective.

cdnduck – never heard of the EE-MU Teaks. I didn’t even know Creative Labs was in the game of hi-end headphones. They look very similar to the old Denon D5000/7000 line (which I also own) which leads me to believe they are of Fostex build, or more accurately put, their parent company Foster. I enjoy my Denon’s and listen to them all the time and always wanted a pair of Fostex TH900. I am sure they sound great.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:10 pm 
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St thomas, yes they are from Creative labs however they definitely have a Fostex/Denon look and sound to them. Look far and wide for this pair, as they are some what difficult to find and purchase. They have direct connect wires into the ear cups, so I believe they are about 2016 edition. Beautiful sound, sound stage and are quite easy to drive at 25 ohms, sensitivity at 106 dB and they have a range of 5Hz-45kHz. For the money they are very good.

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