The Japanese company Stax was founded in 1938, but its name became closely associated with high-end electronics only 12 years later, when it produced the first condenser microphone. Two years later, the company launched a whole range of products, including tonearms, pickups and microphones.
In 1954, the first sign appeared, indicating the future path of the company – an electrostatic tweeter, and in 1960 – the first electrostatic headphones SR-1. In the 60s, along with developments in the field of electrostatic drivers and the start of production of electrostatic acoustic systems (1964), Stax continued to produce tonearms and pickups that were relevant at that time. Two years after the release of the first speakers, the first amplifier for electrostatic headphones was released. The big boat of business was slowly turning onto the course of electrostatic ear systems.
Throughout the 70s, the main activity of the company was the development, improvement and production of electrostatic headphones, amplifiers and the necessary accessories for them. The year 1979 turned out to be especially rich in developments: the appearance of the two-unit CA-X PRO amplifier, the CP-Y/TYPE 2 pickup, the converter for connecting electrostatic headphones to a conventional SRD-X stereo system, and especially the SR-Lambda panoramic sound headphones.
In 1986, Stax created their first CD player, the CDP Quattro, and in 1987, the huge DMA-X1 class A/B monoblocks.
The development of the digital era led to the appearance of the company’s first DAC-X1t (1989). Moreover, all this time new models of speaker systems, headphones, amplifiers and other components continued to appear. However, in the 90s of the last century, Stax decided to finally and irrevocably concentrate on the production of electrostatic headphones and amplifiers for them, which happened in 1996.
At the turn of the century, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy, but thanks to the right actions of management, Stax emerged from the crisis and continues to release new models. Today the company’s product range includes about a dozen headphones and seven amplifiers, as well as accessories for systems: headphone stands, extension cords, cases, etc.
A few years ago, Stax released a new flagship – the SR-009 headphones, which still remain the standard for sound quality. In 2015, the mid-price model range began to be updated, which includes the SR-L300, SR-L500, SR-L700 models and the SRM-353X amplifier.
Stax continues to be the leader in producing headphones and headphone amplifiers with uncompromising quality. And all STAX components are still made in Japan. Therefore, when choosing Stax, you can be sure of uncompromising quality, both in sound and workmanship.