"These are the best headphones I've ever bought!"5.0 starson by Uncle Vic
Pros: - Big sound stage
- Very neutral after break-in
- It has bass
Cons: - I can't take them on BART for fear of getting jacked.
- Cables can be a little stiff
Summary: I got my tax return early and picked these up along with a new-to-me Schiit Valhalla. I got them as an upgrade to my current BeyerDynamics DT-880's and HeadRoom Desktop Amp. I let them burn in for about 20 hours. I found the Grado's to have a really nice smooth sound. The sound stage is nice and huge thanks to the open air design. It won't win awards for it's bass reproduction of my DJ Magic Mike CD collection, but it's just right for regular hip-hop and all of my other normal listening. I ran them without an amp on my ipod and they still sound great, but just a tad bit quieter than normal. They're still very musical though. I do think that a portable amp will make a big difference with these headphones.
The only real big issue I can think of is the cables - and it's more of a pet peave. The cables can be a little stiff and long. The ear pads should be rotated every so often (90 degrees on their axis). This should keep any wear down.