Pros Orgasmic sound. That is all :).
Cons These headphones take a very long time to "burn in." Many headphones show their true quality right out of the box, but I noticed that with Grado headphones, you have to leave them running for a long time (like a day or two) before you'll realize their fu
Pros Here is the bottom line, if you dont know anything about audio, you will write a review like whoever knocked these for a pair of sennheisers (what a joke). Im assuming that whoever gave the thumbs down must work for sennheiser. The sound coming out of th
Cons Your typical consumer will be put off by the light weight feel of these, and the unimpressive packaging. It was a turn-off that they don't package these with a 1/8 adapter, but maybe that is Grado's snooty way of saying that these were only meant for 1/4
Pros Excellent sound, great comfort (with the "flat" ear pads)
Cons "Bowl" ear pads nowhere near as comfortable as the "flat" ear pads that originally came with my headphones
Summary I'm not even sure how long I've had my Grado SR125 headphones, going on 7 years I believe it is. Bottom line is it was probably the best $150 I've ever spent on anything!
Now, what any given person gets out of a headphones is totally subjective to their personal tastes and expectations, so I can't help in that regard; having nowhere near tried out every model and make of headphone ever made, it would be pointless for me to try to make comparisons. The only frame of reference I can give is that for my home theater I have Definitive Technology ProCinema 80s; if you think those sound great, then I would expect/hope you'd think these Grado headphones also sound great.
The one thing I do want to point out, however, is that the ear pads that came with my older pair of SR125s are apparently *not* what Grado currently sells. They now have a thicker, "bowl" shaped ear pad, which I unfortunately received as part of the replacements I bought in 2004.
Having seen no reason to replace these excellent headphones, just because the ear pads wore out (from my thousands of hours of use), I was shocked to get this newer kind. Until I received the "bowl" ear pads, I could never understand why some reviewers of Grado SR headphones complained about comfort; I wouldn't have kept them all these years, regardless of sound quality, if I couldn't wear them for *hours* at a time!
So, after wasting $15 on the replacement pads, I searched and finally found toddthevinyljunkie.com who sells the "original, flat" 5/8" thick Grado ear pads, for $30. For what it's worth, if anyone has Grado SR125 headphones and don't like the thick, bowl type ear pads, I recommend checking out the flat kind I *very* much prefer!
Pros Soundstage was nice and broad throughout the spectrum
Cons Had to stretch the headband for a better fit.
Summary I had originally bought these to be my mobile headphones-I couldn't see keeping a pair of $450 Senns in my carry on. I followed the directions in the box and slightly stretched the metal headband and hopped on my flight from SFO to Dallas/Fort Worth.
These headphones reproduced things I didn't even know were part of the track. And the passages I knew were supposed to be there had much more presence. There was no ear fatigue after 5 hours straight, but I think stretching the headband helped with it.
Pros Grado makes the best sounding rock-n-roll headphones on the market, bar none. Extremely detailed, warm, lively sound with plenty of bass and a wide sound stage. Be prepared for you CD's to sound completely different. You will hear subtle tones and back
Cons Grados are slightly forward in their presentation--kind of like sitting in the first row at a concert. This is not a con if that's how you like your music, but some people prefer a more laid back sound that is more like being somewhere in the cheap seats