STAX being forbiddenly expensive is just not right. A modest STAX system can easily outperform a more expensive dynamic system in the area they excel in. Even with mp3, STAX doesn't have the fatiguing treble that many dynamic that try to squeeze out details tend to have. In that sense, if you have lower quailty files a good STAX system will easily expose the flaws but yet won't rip your ear drums in the process which quite a few dynamic tend to do.
Moreover, having a pair of STAX doesn't make you superior. That is just silly.
Agreed. IMO, the best bang for the buck in Stax line is SRM1MK2 amp with whichever pro bias Lambda version - if you are patient, can be had used in good condition for around 500 or so. You can disect differences among Lambda pro bias versions ad nuseam, but it really is a family sound and will all outperform more expensive dynamic phones in areas where electrostatics shine. If anyone can and will afford 009 + some superb amp - why not ? - but the differences gained cost dearly indeed.
Well, some do feel posession of Stax makes them better. That is silly. The apreciation of others, who know the performance of Stax, whether they posses them themselves or not, is not - and is fully justified.