Having a diverse selection of electrostats on the market is awesome, but what's with the Stax-knocking?
You guys are aware that the Jade in stock form isn't particularly neutral either, right? It's still a fantastic sounding headphone IMO, but Purrin's mods are responsible for straightening them out a bit. Secondly, calling entry-level Stax "stupidly overpriced" is a little puzzling. Which $600 system are we talking about here? The SRM-002 / SR-002 is designed to be a portable solution, and in the realm of IEMs its pricetag isn't that unreasonable compared to other stuff on the market considering it's both an IEM and a portable amp combo; you can certainly spend that much on just one of those items alone. As for fullsized headphones, the Lambdas can pretty much hold their own against anything similarly priced in my opinion. You can score some vintage normal bias Lambdas and a transformer for well under $600. On the flipside I'm sure there are some folks who feel the Jades were overpriced at $1600 when they literally fell apart after a few weeks of normal use. Or had buzzing stators. Say what you will about the way Stax sound (as we all have different tastes), but they certainly know how to build stuff that lasts. If HeadDirect takes over for production on the Jade II and can up the build quality, that will be a very welcomed change indeed.
Personally, I'd rather pay more for the Jade II and have it be built to last than pay less and not see any improvements from the previous iterations.