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  1. HiFiMAN Shangri-la Jr. Electrostatic Headphones

    Maybe there is already a Mk2 looming? The drivers in these are circular so I guess that is the only real difference. The odd shape of the housings is just for show as circular earpads would fit perfectly. I do have some in mind which have similar height and might improve the sound quite a bit. I just need to get some of those hifiman mounting rings...or just glue the fuckers.
  2. The Headcase Stax thread

    Stax with proper English would not be the company we all know and love...
  3. The Headcase Stax thread

    https://stax-international.com/products/sr-009s/ Here it is in English. I do find them funny, gold stators like the 007's and the same round protection mesh as the 007's as well...
  4. HiFiMAN Shangri-la Jr. Electrostatic Headphones

    No, the Susvara uses all the same crappy parts as this one so I need to find somebody to make real leather parts for these. These just stink, badly enough that I don't want to put the headphones on. I mean people who paid 6K$ for the Susvara can't be happy about this or are they all HF sheep without a clue? HFM claim the dust cover is "nanometer" for the best signal transmission but dust will always get through. They are likely the same as this one or at least very similar. Same headband, same cable, same fake leather earpads but quite a bit more money... The MSRP of the system is 8K$ and the headphones are 6K$. Have you seen them somewhere for 4K$? I was more referring to the HE90 parts, the finest quality vinyl used there for everything.
  5. Focal being cunts is sadly nothing new but this is pretty deplorable...
  6. HiFiMAN Shangri-la Jr. Electrostatic Headphones

    I've been listening to them for the last few hours on and off getting to grips to how they sound. The system is a Carbon fed by the Denafrips Ares so just about as transparent as they come. Over all I quite like the sound, they are inoffensive which is something I'm a huge fan of. Any transducer should just get the fuck out of the way of reproducing the music. They are certainly a far cry from the turd which was the Jade in terms of sound so no major issues but still some small ones. The highs can be just a tiny bit too harsh, not like the 009's which are just aggressive. Here this is more of a slight sibilant edge where the recording is not perfect. The sound stage is perfectly find if just a bit distant and imprecise. It's far more subtle than say on the HE90, HE60 etc. and really depends on the recording how much you pick up on it. Bass....well the crap pads are really an issue here as they are just the standard Hifiman mount (i.e. 4 flimsy as all hell clips) and cost maybe about 1$ to make. The bass has nice presence but there is a dip in the upper midbass which makes them sound just a tad thin at times. I need more time with them but over all, not bad. No issues have cropped up, the drivers have no squealing and the coating seems solid with steady volume levels. They are also pretty comfy over all with my melon head. Now the stuff that annoys me...they stink, they stink real bad of that cheap pleather crap. I feel like I'm stuck in H&M hell with them on my head. The earpads and headpad have to go so does anybody know of any replacements for the Susvara? They seem identical so parts should be interchangeable. The cable is too short so the first job will be to replace it. I do have a nice 950 Stax extension which I could fit so that's probably what I'll do. Don't remind me...
  7. HiFiMAN Shangri-la Jr. Electrostatic Headphones

    So...Justin knows how to make me do crazy shit so I'm now the proud owner of a set of these. What strikes anybody holding these is just how fucking cheap they feel, they make even the old Jade feel well built in places. So let's start to examine them, I'll take some pics later when I have some time. The drivers are metal (copper?) mesh on a spacer ring. I'll get a better look at them when I take these apart. No solid dust covers on the back, clearly woven nylon so a huge fail there. The earpads are woeful... some odd mix of what feels like fake leather and cloth. They are also very badly fixed to the phones which means the baffle seal could be compromised. They feel ok on the head but are just so fucking cheap looking... They also smell like cheap fake handbags from China aka. a whole isle at Marshall's or HM... The headband is the standard HFM fair with the same fake leather headpad. These cost 6k$ so leather was out of the question? Seriously...no money left over for that? Very Sennheiser in 1991... The housings are aluminum and feel solid enough but they are not a one piece unit as Stax would do it. The back is a separate plate and how it fits with the rest of a the housing is a bit of a joke. No gap on the bottom...1mm at the top. Pure quality here. Now the for the best part, the cable. This thing is so fucked... Now the plug is a clone of the Stax one but they used the wrong pins (look identical to the old Jade pins) so they had to make a spacer which fits over the end of the plug to shorten the pins. Such quality and attention to detail... Now the actual cable is clad in the cheapest tech flex from the 90's that money could buy which makes it look a bit like something which would be shipped with a cheap computer PSU. You can see the wires through the techflex if you push it together and they are super tiny with transparent insulation. Not formed into a proper ribbon either so this is not good at all. I wonder if this cable would last a year with normal use, it's just that flimsy. I'll report later on the sound but spoiler...there are issues I don't hate them.
  8. The Headcase Stax thread

    The HE-1 meaty? Nahh... mosfet flabby sure but that's it... In other news, I just got a care package from Justin...
  9. The Headcase Stax thread

    Litz cables for electrostatics are all kinds of stupid so Stax would never do that. Nice gold plated stators and hopefully they fix the bloody voicing.
  10. current feedback electrostatic amp

    Nope...and it has been delayed for about a year now.
  11. The Headcase Stax thread

    That shit is just too funny!! I'll send in an offer for 200€...
  12. The ultimate DIY? A Stax SRM-T2!

    The KSA1156 should work and then there is the 2SA1627 which is in current production in China. They are either a TO126 and Dpak which is just annoying...
  13. i'm on a roll... the kgsshv

    Volume has nothing to do with the output stage bias so no.
  14. Ohhh goody... more of the same crap here. Same awful railsplitter, same shitty volume control and where are the heatsinks? Pathetic crap as usual...
  15. The Headcase Stax thread

    Just read that thread and what a clusterfuck!!! So Zanden uses the cheapest PCB's possible in a 17k$ product and instead of making a new one they just bodge the issues? Shit... At least there is a RK50 in there...