Originally Posted by Meyvn
An ironic possible development, to be sure, if you think about it. In his early electrostatic articles, Kevin Gilmore announced his preference for the SRM-T2 and the SR-Ω as the greatest system ever, together, even better than the Orpheus. The Blue Hawaii was a tribute amp based upon the SRM-T2's design, or at least what Kevin knew about it, along with, of course, much creativity of his own, since he did not own a unit himself, and I'm sure he thought it could, to a degree, be improved upon. So theoretically, it should go Blue Hawaii (T2) > SRM-T2 > HEV90. But now with the addition of the Aristaeus, which is, so to speak, a tribute to the HEV90, we have an even more interesting possible hierarchy of Aristaeus (HEV90) > Blue Hawaii (T2) > SRM-T2 > HEV90. Though of course I'm filling in logical holes, and Kevin never stated explicitly, 'The SRM-T2 is a superior amp to the HEV90,' nor 'The Blue Hawaii is a direct improvement upon the SRM-T2.' Just some interesting implications based on the various articles. Perhaps if the Blue Hawaii were merely an attempted 'approach' and not an attempted improvement, it would go more like Aristaeus - SRM-T2 - HEV90 - Blue Hawaii. Then if you throw the ES-1 into the mix, from which I've heard rumors that it takes a few nods from the Blue Hawaii, we have yet another complication. I guess the best (and only, really) way to sort this all out is to just listen for yourself. As for me, I am glad to have finally found a simple transformer box.