It is indeed unfair to compare prices from a point like that, but hey everyone likes to save a buck or two accounting possible risks taken at times.
Yeah they are no longer around, which is shame because I wanted to try out few of the amplifiers they were selling, not to mention they got wide range of wooden cup's for the 002/003's.
Think of a Grado with a deeper and more intimate soundstage, not too narrow, not too big, sound signature bit more laid back (dark), excellent bass extension as well bass presence, slightly recessed treble but not shelved back due to the bass (can be cured with a tube amp), well distinguished highs not piercing or fake sounding well rounded off with the rest of the music notes from your music. Not as up-front as Grado's more opposite, energetic? Hmm energetic in the bass department, not your Denon D2k fart bass, but well extended.