So, I tried understanding this better, but no luck. I know that there are several people here who are very knowledgeable and wise regarding electrostats, so I hope somebody can help me out.
First of all, I want to clear up that I am not the most technically educated and knowledgeable person. This means that I don’t understand the majority of the technical stuff, e.g. all the specification of an amplifier and forumals for matching, what is what, etc.
For me the majority of that stuff is complicated, but I also never have shown a great amount of interest (expect for some speaker amplifiers a few years back)… and have never been dedicated enough to learn this.
Here is my situation. I own what I believe is an electrostatic headphone energizer. This device has no knobs, on the front there is only a single power switch and outputs (two 3-pin XLR, one Stax 5-pin Pro Bias), on the back there are only binding posts. On the inside there are two large step-up transformers, thus I believe this is what people call electrostatic transformers, energizers, adapters, or drivers. This device cannot drive the headphones on its own, that’s pretty clear to me. The closest energizer that resembles what I have is the Mjölnir Audio SRD-7, it also only has a power switch in the front, an output, speaker binding posts on the back, and that’s it.
Here are some specs (that I don’t fully understand):
It has a Bias voltage of 580V, maximum output voltage of 600V RMS, impedance of 100 Ohms at 20Hz, and a maximum input voltage of 12V RMS.
Now, I do not know at what specification I should look at to know if its compatible with a particular speaker amplifier. I was told that the maximum input voltage (12V RMS) is important, but at no speaker amp is there an output power specification that is in volts, it’s usually in watts… this led me to get lost and confused how to choose the correct integrated amplifier to pair it up with (I doubt there is a headphone amp that can output enough power, thus form my understanding I should choose a speaker amp)
From what I saw, the energizer is connected to the amp via the speaker binding posts. Also, the energizer has a power cable that is plugged into an AC outlet, something I forgot to mention that is also located at the back.
My question is how do I pair this up with an amp so it can drive electrostats? What specification should I look at to know if the amp is too strong or too weak to be paired with this energizer?
Also, do I need anything else besides the amplifier? I read somewhere that somebody had a pre-amp with their energizer setup, why would this be the case? Another person mentioned a power amplifier.
Also, once this energizer is matched with the correct integrated amp, I’m assuming I probably need a DAC, correct?
I tried my best at keeping this short, but I wanted to make sure not to miss out any details so it is the easiest for anybody to help me out. I am definitely new to the electrostatic world, and it is definitely quite a bit more complicated than what I am used to (planar magentics and dynamics)…