The SR-009 is absolutely gorgeous, direct opposite of the abyss. The Japanese tend to have a better knack for making things that look nice, and Americans tend to make things that look like they've been injected with steroids and testosterone. Compare the aesthetics of the xbox one's controller to the ps4 controller; American cars to Japanese cars; the SR-009 to the Abyss (admit it, that thing looks like a trash compactor, except for your head). American-made product tend to have that macho, testosterone flavor about them, while Japanese products are balanced with grace and elegance - neither too masculine nor feminine looking. That said, headphones' looks are not that important to me. To me, the 400i and 560 look OK, nowhere near as hideous as the abyss.
+1, although teh American Corvette Z06 [the Older models[ and the Corvette Stingray where imo some nice looking american cars! THough ur right, even the new 2015 Vette is really masculine looking
MonkeyNutz also makes Custom Wood Cups for HE series headphones, I got a pair on order my self