Bring Back the HE Audio Jades!
(but with better build quality)
I actually tried to buy the Jades a while back and sadly I got this message from Head-Direct:
this product is discontinued, we will refund it to you. there will be successor electrostatic headphone, pls kindly wait.
Head Direct/HiFiMAN shipping Dept.
I've heard rumors of a Jade II, but it looks like that may not proceed. Since then, I've been able to acquire a pair of used Jades. Although certain members of the STAX mafia have opined that the Jades sound like garbage, many other people who do own them or have actually heard them feel that they sound pretty darn good. This is not to say that the original Jades were perfect or did not have issues (their construction was suspect - my pair are currently being held together by screws and glue). I do feel that more choice is always better, especially for the electrostatic headphone arena: perhaps an updated model with better quality construction.
You can read David Mahler's opinion of the Jade here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-50-headphones-compared#user_JADE
Here is also an except from how I subjectively experienced the STOCK Jades:
Edited by purrin - 11/2/12 at 2:15pm