Now that Quad's are out of the running in my race, due to reliability problems, though at the $2500/pair Audiogon price, I'm seeing today for 988's, we're talking -headphone- price territory here folks, I'm going back to memory, and wondering if the Sony SS-R10 (Japanese electrostatic model, 3,000,000 yen / pair, single designer, bass/mid/high panels of varying thicknesses each, 80db sensitive, need good power) are any good, compared to today's models?
Specifically, compared to the Nola Baby Grands, or Magico Mini II's, not Sony's. :) Sony, I know, made only two other interesting speaker models: the SS-M9ED, that came out to match that rather famous SACD player, the SCD-1, and it's associated electronics, and the model SS-GR1, with it's bio-cellulose super-tweeter - how retro! That's enough Sony for now. :)
At the time, Japanese reports said the SS-R10's beat the socks off all other 'stats, but that was quite some time ago, now: technology has marched on.
Did anyone here bring these in from Japan, and still have them in their collection?
PS I found the matching amps, the TA-NR10, and the baby-brother, the TA-NR1, for much less than the 1.6 M yen they went for back in the day, on hifido, which renewed my curiosity in the SS-R10. Together, they might make a good gift for my parents, but I really should find something for myself. How sayest the jury?