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    Same with me as well. The first time I listened to electrostatic speakers was a private VIP room in a club around 20 yrs ago. I was into car audio at the time (in my 20's) but it made a very big impression. I never heard anything so transparent and so clear. It was like sound was coming out of thin air. I forgot (or maybe I was too buzzed) to remember the make and model of the speakers but do remember thinking to myself that I will own a pair of electrostatic speakers someday. The club owner did say he spent over $200K on the audio equipment in that room so whatever it was it was top of the line.
     
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    Mark,

    It was an itch for me as well. My dream system was Martin Logans with Mark Levinson amps back in the early 90's. Unfortunately, I've acquired the upgrade bug which I suppose I should squash.

    But, agree with you that buying MLs is a fashion statement of sorts. Electrostatics are relatively rare and from a technical viewpoint are interesting. My Montis sound better than my old
    cone speakers. But is that because they are electrostatics or because they cost 8 times as much? I don't know.

    I bought a Mazda RX-7 with the rotary engine for much the same reason. A unique engine.

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    After my Quad 57s I realized that I could not go back from electrostats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    After my Quad 57s I realized that I could not go back from electrostats.
    +1. They're certainly unique.
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    OK, so, tl;dr, but some good points made. I think we're at the tail end of a pendulum swing that began with the iPad and MP3, but I observe is starting to swing back to an earnest interest in the experience of music, not just the hearing of it.

    I think the rise of high-res services like Tidal, incorporation of high performance but quite affordable DACs (yes, you could say I'm biased) and a younger market that is looking for substance and value over marketing flim-flam and name cache may be playing a part in, a different explain, the resurgence of some brands.

    In all, I think it's a combination of factors. The next few years will be interesting.

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