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STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System

STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System

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Was this a one-time deal or will we ever see STAX systems on Massdrop again?
can someone tell me what does the transformer look like? i wanted to buy one from either china (220v ) or japan (110v) but i don't know where to get the proper transformer to get it to work in the US
cyrilyoung4ever
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Clioman
thanks for replying to my post, which i almost forgot!! so many things happened within a year..
im a little skeptical about the headphones being 132 kOhms. thats 132000 Ohms. wtf
ArTiK_slaughter
A very very delayed reply because I just happened to see if MD ever offered Stax. No, 132KOhms is correct. These are electrostatic headphones. They require very minimal current <1mA but very high voltage >500V to drive. Some of the electrostatic amps on the market go all the way up to 1500V output. If you look at full electrostatic speakers, it's not uncommon to have drivers that can output >3KV at higher current. A regular coil speaker unit usually requires high current and low voltage to drive (<30V & >10mA). EDIT: Voltage mentioned here are all VPP, not RMS.
I've heard these are game ending headphones. Hopefully this is true.
tikkytak
According to me, yes, they are. I tried the STAX after Senns HD 280 PRO, Beyer DT 770 250 OHMs, AKG K612, HIFIMAN HE 400s etc. None can come even close to the sound and detail quality
prashantcg
I guess after using these (and buying it) no other headphones will make sense.
Could we just swap out the power cable for a U.S. one and be fine?
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kartiksathappan
The amp requires 220V. The US uses 120V AC through your wall. You'll need to use the step-up transformer Massdrop provides you.
While you can get a US power cable and bypass the transofmer entirely, if you plug the amp into a 120V outlet without the step-up converter, It will either: 1) not work at all 2) draw 1/4 the power needed, and not work well
Haulien
apart from voltage..frequency is also different...
These might be the ugliest headphones I've ever seen. But hey, if they sound nice I'm fine with them.
no problem with the price, but i am not sure what kind of songs should i listen to after i get this.
Just to say, these Stax 'combo' is $50 cheaper in the Stax website: https://www.staxusa.com/stax-srs-3170.html
Foquito
@ 1,250.00 price on that link for me...
w00m
For me too, as for today. My last post was 32 days ago... ;-) Apparently, they were on sales, too.
was two years the first time. having had it for a year, it's been great.
Yes, what is the warranty and who backs it?
what are the warranties on these thing ?
How do these compare to the Audeze cans?
Got mine last night, and now I know I've finally ended my search audio reproduction. Why didn't I try these long before now?
At any rate, my first thought was how comfortable the ear speakers are. Though after time I did find that they seem to be made for a smaller (Japanese?) head, at their max size I'm thinking that I wish they'd extend a bit. Regardless the sound is sublime. I've owned horns with insane SET drivers, planers and all, everything except a 'stat.
There is so much information that I'm hearing recording flaws I never could distinguish before. These are definitely the most neutral and distortionless device I've heard before.
CubeMammal
I'm sure a lot of people have Japanese heads here.
We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out!
Thanks again for the support guys. Make sure to share your experience with the STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System on Massdrop.
If there’s anything else we can do to make your Massdrop experience better, feel free to email us at support@massdrop.com.
Good news Stax enthusiasts! These are scheduled to arrive at our warehouse tomorrow! Our team knows the shipment is coming in and depending on what time it arrives will work to get it turned arounds same day. We will be sure to post when everything is shipped out and on its way.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 11/24 or sooner if something comes up.
We spoke to the vendor earlier today and they are still preparing the group's order for shipment. We will stay in contact with them and update the group as soon as the bulk order arrives at our warehouse. We anticipate receiving shipment confirmation from them towards the end of next week.
Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 11/20 or sooner if something comes up.
We’ve submitted our order for STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System shortly after the drop ended.
Now that the order has been placed, our vendor is preparing it for shipment. In the meantime, we will also be getting our warehouse ready to handle the reshipment of the product to everyone as soon as it arrives.
Expect an update from us on 11/13 or sooner if something comes up.
Cheers!
nelson
Update?
Glad the drop reached the final price. Is it really going to take 20 days to ship these? I'd assume they were in stock at a STAX distributor, or could come in from Japan faster than that. Any way to expedite it?
I don't mind waiting for a cheaper drop, but this one is quite expensive.
Quite confused about this drop. Is the amp the 120V (117V) version or the 220V version? Everyone here seems to be asking about a transformer, which would suggest that Massdrop is offering the 220V version hence needing a transformer for the US, but the listing does say 117V. Can someone confirm which version this drop is for? Thanks!
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Thanks for clearing that up!
b1uedeath
If you zoom in on the picture of the back of the amp you can see it says 220V.
Not shown is the adapter (presumably a step down transformer - we hope) - LibbyLi can you post a picture of that please and some specs of what it is?
I own a set of Stax SR-lambda and its driver from 1979, bought second hand, still works like new, and its sound signature is just amazing, if only electrostat are cheaper, I would love to get another newer model like this one
Is it possible to source the 120v version of the amp for the North American market? For systems at this price, some may cringe at using a transformer and the potential effects the transformer may have on sound, be they be audible or imaginary.
Separately, I would be more interested if a 407 Signature bundle is offered.
Wilz
Actually a transformer would likely be a positive. It would be a step down transformer which provides isolation between the primary and secondary. If it was a balanced transformer it would be even better but that's unlikely. I did experiments that showed a small positive effect from more magnetics on the AC side.
Can this be shipped to the UK? It isn't showing it beneath the item price.
EnglishTimelord
I've added the option for international orders, pricing is a bit steep so we weren't too sure about offering it. If it still makes sense across the Atlantic, then by all means.
Since we made this change, we're also going to make the transformer as a free option as opposed to automatically forcing our North American voltage freedom standards on all participants.
I just received a mailing that this drop was open again but I land here and it tells me its over....and by quite some time...is it coming back....
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because they said we didn't need them.
As mentioned, it's highly unusual for any changes to be made a year after the transaction, but I read through the previous comments on this drop and think that this is a unique case we can make better.
I've asked our customer service team to reach out to the participants of the Sep 2013 drop and to coordinate sending a transformer to those who want it. Check for an email from our support team in the near future.
Man I wish it's just Slightly lower price the price just above the AUD$1000 free tax import threshold
This is unfortunately going nowhere. Perhaps relist with a further drop?
If this is *not* the US 120V version of the 323S, then be aware that you really *should* resolder the internal wiring or use a transformer. Here is a post from Kevin Gilmore, one of the most respected amplifier designers, in response to my question about plugging the unmodified 240V version of the 323S into the 120V US grid: http://www.head-fi.org/t/677809/the-stax-thread-iii/2955#post_10815520
The modification is supposed to be relatively easy *if* it is the 240V version (several others exist for which the modification is difficult due to missing wires). However, it requires soldering inside a high-voltage device. I'm personally not comfortable doing this, so I'm pulling my participation in this drop until there's some clarification from Massdrop on which version of the 323S is included.
gepardcv
Dude, now you got me confused. Hehe. You're saying it could possibly be the 240V version, the image shows 220V and the listing states '117'. Would be nice to know which transformer to get :)
ymax
You could wait until you get it, open up the amp, and check the wiring against the diagram in http://www.head-fi.org/t/223263/the-stax-thread-new/15720#post_7525414 and http://www.head-fi.org/t/223263/the-stax-thread-new/15720#post_7531241.
Nice setup =] I don't really like the stax amps but at least you get a taste of the effortless electrostatic experience!
I'm beginning to feel really guilty about my post. Like I pushed the staff here into a corner. I really do apologize for any inconvenience caused to anybody. My aim was to suggest that perhaps it's a better idea to omit drops advertised to international members if it's only available to the US. I guess this drop tipped me over a bit as it's been something I've really been looking to buy.
I don't mean to sound like a douche or a poor loser but are people that have the money to purchase these in the first place honestly trying to find a deal on something like this?
pwnerman
Because people who have the money to purchase these also have to save up for them just like everybody else :) I mean just because we want to purchase a thousand dollar headphones setup, it doesn't mean we also have deep enough wallets to knowingly spend extra. In my case, locally this item costs twice as much as the listed MSRP here. I apologize to local authorized dealers and as much as I believe it's worth it for this item, I'm always going to look for the best price.
Massdrop says "You're in!" Excellent. I'm in the Stax Mafia.
Once you go Stax, everything else will sound inferior. :D