Originally Posted by MattTCG
In simplest terms, it was the startling realism of the Stax setup. It sounded more like listening to live music as anything I've ever heard, hp's or speakers.
Please allow me to translate a bit more clearly regarding Matt's experience with this particular setup. Upon entering the headphone meet, Matt's eyes were immediately attracted to the Stax / Blue Hawaii combination due to the sexy glow of the tubes. Matt slowly made his way around the room, testing out the usual headphones - a few pair of self-modified Fostex headphones, some Grados and then eventually the Stax / Blue Hawaii station had opened up. Matt leaped over to that station and made it into the listening chair before another individual could get a chance to listen to the combination. Matt slowly placed the Stax headphones onto his head - enjoying the wonderful comfort that they offered. Then he set up the source so he could play some music that he was familiar with while listening previously on other headphones in the past. However, in that very moment of excitement due to all the sexiness of the Blue Hawaii amp, Matt accidentially drooled on the tubes and shorted the amp out. There was a bit of a "sizzle" that blared through the Stax headphones as Matt had started the music track about 30 seconds prior. In the end, it turned into a major disappointment for Matt as he had to pay $4,500 for the damages on the Blue Hawaii amp and he still didn't even own it. Then, the repairs on the Stax headphones due to the "sizzle" that partially zapped the drivers ended up costing another $1,500.
In the end, it was actually a disappointing listening session for Matt as that simple, 30-second demo cost him $6,000.