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    A random internet tangent landed me on this page: https://www.martinlogan.com/en/electrostatic-esl-theory

    It's from a company that make hybrid electrostatic speakers, where they include a regular sub as electrostatic speakers are said to have some issues reproducing lower frequencies. I'd never heard of them before so it proved to be a pretty interesting read as they're substantially different from the regular cone-and-coil speakers we're all familiar with.

    If you've got a static listening position these could be interesting, but from the sounds of it they're not too grand if you're likely to be moving around.

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    Electrostatic speakers are the shit. You are right about them not being great if you move much. Fortunately, electrostatic headphones exist. You can still find old Stax headphones hovering around the $1000 mark, and there are a few newer companies, such as HiFiMan that are also producing them. Downside is obviously the price. The cheapest of the cheapest are still going to eat $300+ from your bank account, and the cost can skyrocket from there into the tens of thousands.
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    Yeah, I can see them being pretty damn pricey. Just the technology involved in creating the diaphragm piece has gotta be pretty in-depth, nevermind the engineering behind making oscillate.

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    I almost bought a set of HiFiMan cans a few years ago, but $300 were a bit much to justify at the time. Now, they've moved upstream and their offerings cost twice as much and more.

    That said, they still have a nice price on Planar Magnetic headphones, which tend to land somewhere inbetween traditional diaphragm speaker tech and electrostatic.

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