As I've said in some of my posts, looks are very important to me in audio equipment, IMO the best looking available electro amp and by some distance is the BHSE, but I feel it still comes second to the DIY T2. If I won the lottery I'd make Justin an offer to build me a T2 he wouldn't what to refuse, but the most I've won on the lottery is £10. However this thread is partly about the SR-009's and because I'm rattling on about looks, I thought I might aswell say what I think about them. While they're not bad looking Earspeakers, I think it's headband looks odd, so much so I'm enquiring about having an headband made from a drawing I've done.
Yeah the SR-009 is a bit of an odd looking duck. I think the all black US market Omega 2 Mk2 is the best looking Stax headphone ever, but I'll keep my champagne/brown Mk1 for the sound. I'm with you on looks in general. Soulution electronics are supposed to be some of the very best products in the world, but they look like computer servers. Spectral's '80s lab equipment look doesn't work for me either.
Zanden shows how to do things properly, everything they make is just incredibly elegant and beautiful.