The first SR-Lambda series was introduced 36 years ago and it has further developed into a new-generation SR-Lambda with its newly designed enclosure – the new SR-L500MK2 advanced Lambda series Earspeaker, with detachable cable.
SR-L500 employs hand selected thin-film diaphragm as well as tough stainless fixed electrodes. These deliver a rich deep bass response, a delicate high frequency and a soothing, balanced mid-range.
The headband (ARC) assembly of the SR-L500 is equipped with 10-click slider mechanism for head pad height adjustment. Once adjusted, the slider always maintains optimal position, making readjustment unnecessary. This enables you to enjoy hours of pleasant music listening with utmost comfort.
SR-L500 employs high performance HiFC™, a high purity 99.99999% pure copper wire developed by Hitachi. The entire cable is then arranged in a flat, wide format, lowering the capacitance between each wire and finished with the most suitable structure to drive the earspeaker.
The new earpad design is carefully hand crafted with high quality synthetic leather for utmost comfort, delivering hours of music enjoyment and exceptional sound performance.
Why call them "Earspeakers"?
STAX prefers to call its headphones Earspeakers – they say that such ultra-high fidelity devices for reproducing music can only be compared with the best loudspeakers, not other headphones, thus the term earspeaker is more descriptive of their contribution to today’s most advanced level of sonic transduction.
Electrostatic transducers consist of two parallel-arranged fixed electrodes with a very thin high-polymer film diaphragm sandwiched and suspended in the middle of the electrodes.
The diaphragm is supplied with the biasing voltage from the energizing adaptors or from the driver unit.
When the fluctuating voltage of the audio signal is applied to the electrodes, the diaphragm is pulled by one electrode (which has the opposite charge of the diaphragm) and simultaneously pushed by the other electrode (which has the like charge of the diaphragm).
This continuous flow of alternating voltage causes the diaphragm to vibrate in faithful compliance with the amplifier output without lag, assuring undistorted sound waves. This is why the STAX electrostatic earspeakers sound so good.
Electrostatic driver required
Electrostatic reproduction has many quality advantages, however such units cannot be used directly with a conventional headphone jack, and require a special electrostatic amplifier (driver) unit.
The vibrating diaphragm requires Bias voltage of 580V (almost no current). Relatively high signal voltage to the fixed pole (up to 300-600V) must be supplied as push-pull, a rather special electrical signal. The STAX series of driver units are dedicated amplifiers strictly for STAX headphones.
- Top quality sound element
- 10-click headband assembly
- New low-capacitance HiFC wide cable
- New high-quality synthetic leather earpads
- Type: Push-Pull Open Back Oval Electrostatic Earspeaker Headphone
- Frequency Response: 7Hz – 41kHz
- Electrostatic Capacitance: 110pF (including cable)
- Impedance: 145k ω (including cable, at 10kHz)
- Sound Pressure Sensitivity: 101dB / 100V RMS 1 kHz
- Maximum Sound Pressure: 118dB / 400Hz
- Bias Voltage: 580V DC
- Channel Identification: L / R indicated on the arc assembly. Left channel cable is marked with a solid line. Right channel is marked with a dotted line
- Ear Pads: High quality synthetic leather
- Cable: HiFC parallel 6-strand, low-capacity special wide copper cable, 2.5m full length
- Weight: 0.75lb (0.34kg) without cable / 1lb (0.45kg) with cable